Introduction to Milford, Delaware

Milford, Delaware, in Sussex county, is 45 miles SW of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center) and 69 miles SE of Baltimore, Maryland. About 6,732 people live in Milford.

Milford History

Milford's Kent County side (then known as Saw Mill Range) was originally settled in the year 1680. Henry Bowan was the first person to settle here. After a century, a dam was built and gradually streets were laid out and various homes and businesses started to emerge, which is how Milford was established. The city of Milford was incorporated in the year 1807.

Milford and nearby Attractions

  • Milford Plaza
  • Milford Museum
  • Killens Pond State Park
  • Cape Henlopen State Park
  • Biggs Museum of American Art

Things To Do In Milford

Tourists can participate in the Riverwalk Festival and the Bug and Bud Festival which are hosted by the city of Milford. Tourists can visit museums such as the Biggs Museum of American Art and Delaware Archaeology Museum. Milford Plaza is a popular tourist attraction in the city of Milford. One can also visit Cape Henlopen State Park and Killens Pond State Park. The Milford Museum is also worth visiting for its historical importance.

Milford Transportation

The nearest airport to Milford city is Dover AFB.

Milford Higher Education

High education institutes closest to Milford are Delaware State University, Salisbury State University, Delaware Technical and Community College-Owens, and the University of Delaware.


Total Population 9,993
Male Share of the Population 48.4%
Female Share of the Population 51.6%
Senior Citizens 19.8%
Employed Population 16+ 4,182
Age of the Population 38


% of people married 47.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 21.8%
Median Earnings25+ $30,790
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $24,043
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,238


Median Family Income $55,861
% Above Poverty Level 83%
% Below Poverty Level 17%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 5.3%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.9%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.1%
Median Gross Rent $831
Median House Value $180,600


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 39.2%
US/American 0%
English 10.1%
Irish 13.3%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Milford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 45 miles SW of Vineland, New Jersey (center to center)
Nearest Large City 69 miles SE of Baltimore, Maryland
County Sussex
Standard Zip Codes 19963
Phone Area Codes 302
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 38.912
Longitude -75.428

Milford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station MILFORD 2 SE
Distance 0.9 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 43 F
Apr Temp 42 to 64 F
Jul Temp 67 to 87 F
Oct Temp 46 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches
Station DOVER
Distance 17.1 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 44 F
Apr Temp 44 to 65 F
Jul Temp 68 to 87 F
Oct Temp 49 to 69 F
Annual Precip 46.2 inches
Distance 19.3 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 44 F
Apr Temp 41 to 64 F
Jul Temp 65 to 87 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 45.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Ellendale 363 $37,917
Felton 1,658 $65,221
Frederica 1,053 $80,156
Harrington 3,665 $34,620
Houston 390 $68,250
Milton 2,717 $61,750

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Milford Public Libraries

Milford District Free Library
Milford, Delaware
(302) 422-8996

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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