Milton, Delaware

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Milton, Delaware
Location in Sussex  County and the state of Delaware.
Location in Sussex County and the state of Delaware.
Coordinates: 38°46′48″N 75°18′46″W / 38.78000°N 75.31278°W / 38.78000; -75.31278Coordinates: 38°46′48″N 75°18′46″W / 38.78000°N 75.31278°W / 38.78000; -75.31278
Country United States
State Delaware
County Sussex
 • Total 1.2 sq mi (3.0 km2)
 • Land 1.1 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 13 ft (4 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,576
 • Density 2,341.8/sq mi (954.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 19968
Area code(s) 302
FIPS code 10-48330
GNIS feature ID 0214325
Federal Street in Milton in 2006
Milton Town Hall in 2006

Milton is a town in Sussex County, Delaware, United States, on the Delmarva Peninsula. The population was 2,576 at the 2010 census, an increase of 55.5% over the previous decade.[1] It is part of the rapidly growing Cape Region and lies within the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. Delaware Route 5 passes through Milton.


Located at the head of the Broadkill River, Milton was first settled in 1672 by English Colonists. The town was known by various names until 1807, when it was named for the English poet, John Milton. The Delaware General Assembly passed the charter that recognized the Town of Milton as a municipality in 1945.[2]

History and Milton's shipbuilding heritage remain very important to the town, which is home to some of the finest Victorian and Colonial architecture in Delaware. Many of the homes have been restored to their original form, particularly those on Union and Federal streets.

The Milton Historical Society is housed in the Lydia Black Cannon Museum, a former Methodist Church built in 1857.

Milton has 198 structures on the Federal Register Historic District and its history is preserved in the Lydia Black Cannon Museum, the Governor James Carey home, the Chestnut Street Cemetery, and the Governor David Hazzard Mansion. The Hazzard House, Hazzard House, and Gov. James Ponder House were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973. The Milton Historic District was added in 1982.[3]

Milton serves local residents and summer tourists in the Milton, Broadkill Beach and Primehook Beach areas with family operated businesses and new office and shopping complexes. Several local businesses in the area are served by the Delaware Coast Line Railway which operates a branch that extends to Milton from Ellendale.

The Milton Fire Department was organized on November 14, 1901 and this modern station was built in 1949.

Milton has many community organizations, a civic center, a memorial park, a volunteer fire department, a public library, more than a half-dozen major annual events, and churches.

The Milton Public Library is located on Union Street.

Recreational opportunities abound with the Broadkill River, Wagamon's Pond, Diamond Pond and Lavinia Pond. Public boat docks and fishing piers are also available.

Milton is the home of the Dogfish Head Brewery, a well-known East Coast beer-maker.[4]


Milton is located at 38°46′48″N 75°18′46″W / 38.78000°N 75.31278°W / 38.78000; -75.31278 (38.779873, -75.312827),[5] along the Broadkill River.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), of which, 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (8.62%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 780
1870 824 5.6%
1880 1,026 24.5%
1890 1,074 4.7%
1900 948 −11.7%
1910 1,038 9.5%
1920 898 −13.5%
1930 1,130 25.8%
1940 1,198 6.0%
1950 1,321 10.3%
1960 1,617 22.4%
1970 1,490 −7.9%
1980 1,359 −8.8%
1990 1,417 4.3%
2000 1,657 16.9%
2010 2,576 55.5%
Est. 2014 2,759 [7] 7.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Thomas Winsmore, 1890 schooner built in Milton

As of the census[9] of 2000, there were 1,657 people, 700 households, and 438 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,568.5 people per square mile (603.6/km²). There were 804 housing units at an average density of 761.1 per square mile (292.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 67.11% White, 24.32% Black, 0.24% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 6.04% from other races, and 1.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.93% of the population.

There were 700 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.3% were married couples living together, 20.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.4% were non-families. 31.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.6% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 78.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,368, and the median income for a family was $40,313. Males had a median income of $26,065 versus $23,269 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,016. About 12.8% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.6% of those under age 18 and 14.0% of those age 65 or over.

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  1. ^ "The Delaware Census State Data Center". THe State of Delaware. Retrieved 30 December 2015.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  2. ^ "An Act To Reincorporate The Town OF Milton". The State of Delaware. Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "Dogfish Head Brewery Frequently Asked Questions". Retrieved 30 December 2014. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ DeLorme (2004). Maryland Delaware Atlas & Gazetteer. p. 45. Yarmouth, Maine: DeLorme. ISBN 0-89933-279-X.
  7. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ "Wyoming Governor Joseph Maull Carey". National Governors Association. Retrieved October 2013. 

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