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Delaware Business Resources

Delaware’s lenient taxation policies and business practice laws make it attractive to big business. Several of the nation’s largest banking and financial services companies have established headquarters in the state. Also, more than half of the top 500 industrial corporations are chartered in the state. Delaware does not have a sales tax or a state level property tax. These desirable policies have given Delaware’s citizens the fourth lowest state-local tax burden in the nation. The vast majority of the state’s corporations are located in the north, while farming is still the most substantial contributor to the economy in the southern portion of the state. The leading agricultural products include broiler chickens, soybeans, corn, and dairy products.

Business Data

Per Capita Real GDP$59,288 Rank: 1/50 (2006)
Population783,600 Rank: 45/50 (2000)
Per Capita Personal Income$39,022 Rank: 10/50 (2006)
Unemployment Rate3.80% Rank: 15/50 (2008)
Business Tax Climate IndexRank: 9/50 (2008)
Corporate Tax Rate8.7%
Individual Tax Rate 2.2% - 5.95%
Sales Tax Rate 0

Business Tax Climate Index

Individual Income Tax Index Rank32
Sales Tax Index Rank2
Unemployment Insurance Tax Index Rank7
Property Tax Index Rank7
Business Tax Climate Index9
Corporate Tax Index Rank48

State Information

Nick NameFirst State
State Web Site
MottoLiberty and justice

Top 5 Export Partner Countries

United Kingdom, Canada, Germany, Japan, Mexico

Top 5 Export Merchandise

Plastics and Rubber Products Sales Chemicals Sales Computers and Electronic Products Manufacturing Chemicals Manufacturing

Major Cities



Total Gross Domestic Product (USD Millions) $60,118.00 (2007)
Per Capita Real GDP (USD)$54,496.00 Rank: 2 (2007)

Population Stats

Population 873,092 Rank: 45 (2008)

Age Distribution

Under 18 Population194,587
Under 18 Percent of Total Population25%
65 and older Population101,726
65 and older Percent of Total Population13%

Gender Distribution

Male Population48.6%
Female Population51.4%
Non-English Speaker (at home)56,215
Net International Immigration11,226
Birth Rate13.6%
Percent of People Under Poverty Level10.4%


Per Capita State Spending$8,071
Energy Expenditures per Person$4,227
Expenditures of State and Local Government Employee-Retirement Systems$364,233


Personal Income$33,962
State Internal Revenue Collection$16,857,669
Cash and Deposits by State Government$257,628
Per Capita State Tax Collection$3,379


High School Graduation Rate69.9%
Percent of Population with a Bachelor's Degree16%
Percent of Population with an Advanced Degree10.6%

Largest Universities

Delaware State University University of Delaware Wilmington College Information
High School Graduation Rate69.9%


Public Road Length (Mile)6,179
Gas Tax Rate (%)23%
Highway Planning and Construction (USD Thousands)131,851
Number of Public Airportsts 12

Main Airports


New Castle Wilmington



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State Business Links

Delaware Online

Secretary of State

Small Business Administration

Delaware Small Business Administration
The Delaware District Office is responsible for the delivery of SBA's many programs and services to all counties in the state of Delaware. The office hours are from 8:00am until 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Top 10 Business Links

Delaware Business Litigation Report
This site reports on the latest litigation results in the Delaware courts for business-related suits. There is also a search function for older reports.
Delaware Department of Labor
This website supplies access to employment-related services, such as various labor laws, certification, licensing, unemployment, and more. Additionally, there is extensive information on the labor market, training programs, and more.
Delaware Economic Development Office
Within this section of the Delaware state website, entrepreneurs can find information specifically related to business financing, workforce assistance, and the different industry clusters Delaware hosts.
Delaware Intercorp
This website offers detailed arguments for the advantages to be had incorporating your business in Delaware. It also provides cost information, both for incorporation and for common business expenses, as well as the possibility of incorporating online through the website.
Delaware Small Business Development Center
Offers assistance in business planning to entrepreneurs in Delaware. Services include training, information and research and advisory services. Fees vary but many services are free of charge.
Department of Natural Resources & Environmental Control
For those business involved in the use of natural resources, this page provides information on laws and regulations related to resource use. Information and services related to permits, licensing, and certification is also available.
World Trade Center Delaware
WTC Delaware is a private organization offering international trade and business services for Delaware businesses. It offers members services such as an export/import program, info resources, trade shows, trade leads, pricing, incorporating, and more.