Middletown, Delaware

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Coordinates: 39°27′16″N 75°42′50″W / 39.45444°N 75.71389°W / 39.45444; -75.71389
Town of Middletown
Town
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Nickname: Diamond Town of the Diamond State
Country United States
State Delaware
County New Castle
Elevation 69 ft (21 m)
Coordinates 39°27′16″N 75°42′50″W / 39.45444°N 75.71389°W / 39.45444; -75.71389
Area 6.4 sq mi (16.6 km2)
 - land 6.4 sq mi (17 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 18,871 (2010)
Density 962.4 / sq mi (372 / km2)
Mayor Ken Branner
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP Code 19709
Area code 302
Location in New Castle County and the state of Delaware.
Location of Delaware in the United States
Website: www.middletownde.org

Middletown is a town in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the town is 18,871.[1]

Geography[edit]

Middletown is located at 39°27′16″N 75°42′50″W / 39.45444°N 75.71389°W / 39.45444; -75.71389 (39.454352, -75.713816)[2] with an elevation of 69 feet (21.0 m).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.4 square miles (17 km2), of which, 6.4 square miles (17 km2) of it is land and 0.16% is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 6,161 people, 2,298 households, and 1,631 families residing in the town. The population density was 962.4 people per square mile (371.7/km²). There were 2,514 housing units at an average density of 392.7 per square mile (151.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.42% White, 1.30% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.93% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.29% of the population.

There were 2,298 households out of which 41.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% were married couples living together, 18.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% were non-families. 22.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.68 and the average family size was 3.14.

In the town the population was spread out with 30.9% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 31 years. For every 100 females there were 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,663, and the median income for a family was $47,270. Males had a median income of $35,688 versus $30,044 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,517. About 8.8% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under age 18 and 13.6% of those age 65 or over.

Growth[edit]

Recent annexations of land have stimulated Middletown's growth: it is known as the fastest growing area in Delaware. Between 2000 and 2010, the population of the town grew 206.3%.[3] Many affluent housing developments surround the town's center. Current town growth is a result of these such developments, which primarily attract high-income families relocating from Baltimore, Wilmington, Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York City.[citation needed]

Middletown's commerce has grown accordingly. National retail and food chain stores have opened locations in the area, with significant growth along the U.S. 301 corridor. This growth is more characteristic of suburban sprawl, a stark difference from Middletown's historic growth patterns.

As a result of the rapid growth of the area, Middletown established its own police force, The Middletown Police Department, on July 2, 2007. The Police Department officially began on October 3, 2007 with a foundation of 20 officers from surrounding Delaware police departments.

Transportation[edit]

Limited-access highway Delaware Route 1 is east of Middletown, and the town has a signed exit at Odessa for Delaware Route 299. Delaware 299 also serves as Middletown's Main Street. U.S. Route 301 is just west of Middletown, serving the Chesapeake Bay Bridge to the southwest and the Summit Bridge to the north. Delaware Route 15, a rural road, is concurrent with U.S. 301 at Middletown, allowing access to Dover and Smyrna. Delaware Route 71 heads south from Middletown to Townsend and U.S. Route 13.

DART First State has two commuter bus stops in Middletown.

A railroad operated by Norfolk Southern Railway runs through the center of Middletown. Amtrak makes stops only during the Delaware State Fair.

Summit Airport is just to the north of the town. The airport offers private flights.

Education[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 2,644
1980 2,937 11.1%
1990 3,834 30.5%
2000 6,161 60.7%
2010 18,871 206.3%

Public education in Middletown is provided by the Appoquinimink School District, they have recently built a new elementary school to accommodate the population growth of the area and overcrowding at the other elementary schools. Overcrowding at Middletown High School, which was over-capacity by 400 students during the 2005-2006 school year, resulted in the construction of a second high school, Appoquinimink High School, which opened in Fall 2008.[5] The St. Georges Technical High School is located to the northeast of town.

Three private schools are located on the side of the town: MOT Charter School and St. Anne's School, both K-8, and St. Andrew's School, a coed boarding school affiliated with the Episcopal Diocese Delaware.

Wilmington University has a location in town.

Events[edit]

Middletown is home to the Olde Tyme Peach Festival, an annual tradition that attracts tens of thousands of visitors each August. Main Street in the center of town is closed to traffic and activities begin with a parade down the street. Other entertainment includes local art and historical exhibits, live music, crafts, games, and a variety of food including limited time peach flavored treats. There is also a 5k run/walk on the same day of the festival, where all proceeds are donated to benefit the local sports boosters.

Middletown hosts the M.O.T. Big Ball Marathon, an annual Labor Day event that benefits local charities. The marathon runs 24 hours straight where people of all ages come out to play baseball on previously registered teams with an over sized softball, giving it the name "Big Ball". In 2013 the marathon had its most successful year raising a record $65,000 in funds over the 24 hours.

Middletown also hosts an annual Hummers parade. The parade's name is a spoof of the nearby Philadelphia Mummers parade. As opposed to the Mummers, which is judged seriously, the Hummers dress up and make fun of all the popular news headlines, political, celebrity, and local happenings of the year.

Media[edit]

The Middletown Transcript is the main publication for the Middletown, Odessa and Townsend area. The first edition was printed on Jan. 4, 1868. This community newspaper is published every Thursday.

Film appearances[edit]

The 1989 film Dead Poets Society starring Robin Williams was filmed almost entirely on the school grounds at St. Andrew's School. The theatre scene was filmed at The Everett Theatre on Main Street.

The episode of The West Wing entitled Two Cathedrals (#44) was partly filmed at St. Andrew's School. Trevor Eddy, a student at that time, scored a speaking part as Young Bartlet's Friend and gave a riveting performance.

Watermelon Crawl was filmed in June 2007 in Middletown and Townsend. It is in post-production.

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