Delaware Information and Facts
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The population of Delaware in 2002 was 805,945. Its rank was 45th in the nation. (The District of Columbia is included for ranking purposes.)
Per Capita Personal Income
In 2002 Delaware had a per capita personal income of $32,090. This per capita personal income ranked 15th in the United States and was 104 percent of the national average, $30,906. The 2002 per capita personal income reflected an increase of 1.9 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.2 percent. In 1992 the per capita personal income of Delaware was $22,670 and ranked 9th in the United States. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of per capita personal income was 3.5 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 4.0 percent.
Total Personal Income
In 2002 Delaware had a total personal income of $25,862,407. This total personal income ranked 45th in the United States. In 1992 the total personal income of Delaware was $15,753,972 and ranked 45th in the United States. The 2002 total personal income reflected an increase of 3.2 percent from 2001. The 2001-2002 national change was 2.3 percent. The 1992-2002 average annual growth rate of total personal income was 5.1 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.2 percent.
Components of Personal Income
Total personal income includes net earnings by place of residence; dividends, interest, and rent; and total personal current transfer receipts received by the residents of Delaware. In 2002 net earnings accounted for 68.2 percent of total personal income (compared with 68.9 in 1992); dividends, interest, and rent were 17.7 percent (compared with 19.6 in 1992); and personal current transfer receipts were 14.0 percent (compared with 11.5 in 1992). From 2001 to 2002 net earnings increased 2.5 percent; dividends, interest, and rent increased 1.6 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased 9.1 percent. From 1992 to 2002 net earnings increased on average 5.0 percent each year; dividends, interest, and rent increased on average 4.0 percent; and personal current transfer receipts increased on average 7.2 percent.
Earnings of persons employed in Delaware increased from $21,407,523 in 2001 to $21,922,876 in 2002, an increase of 2.4 percent. The 2001-2002 national change was 1.5 percent. The average annual growth rate from the 1992 estimate of $13,292,286 to the 2002 estimate was 5.1 percent. The average annual growth rate for the nation was 5.3 percent.
Climate - Delaware has generally hot and humid summers and
fairly mild winters. In July, average daytime temperatures are usually in the upper 20°s to lower 30°s C (80°s F) or even
higher. But because summer nights tend to be cooler than the days, July averages are about 24° C (about
75° F). In addition, onshore sea breezes can reduce daytime temperatures along the coast by 3° to 6° C
(5° to 10° F). January averages range from -1° C (31° F) at Newark, in the north, to 3° C (38° F) at
Bridgeville, in Sussex County. Nearly three-fifths of Delaware’s days are classified as sunny. Precipitation (rainfall and snowfall) in Delaware is evenly distributed throughout the year, with
slightly more in June and July than in any other month. Most of the state receives between 1020 and
1170 mm (40 and 46 in) a year. Severe droughts are uncommon. Thunderstorms occur frequently in summer,
and in winter there is generally light snowfall.
Annie Jump Cannon astronomer, Dover
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