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State:     Delaware


City:       Seaford


Seaford is a city located along the Nanticoke River in Sussex County, Delaware. According to the 2007 Census Bureau figures, the population of the city is 7,185. It the principal city of the Seaford Micropolitan Statistical Area, which includes all of Sussex County.


It is the largest city in Sussex county and was voted the 28th Best Small Town in America.


In 1939, materials science giant DuPont acquired 609 acres (2.46 km2) near Seaford for a nylon production plant. The $8.5 million investment (and consequently the 1,400 construction-related jobs it brought) was welcomed by locals with an impromptu parade. The Seaford plant went into production on December 12, 1939 and the first yarn produced by the plant can be viewed at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Bulked Continuous Filament nylon, a standard in the carpet industry, was developed at the Seaford plant in 1958. The Seaford plant employed over 4,600 employees at its peak in the late 1960s and early 1970s. By 2004, this number had dropped to about 650. Dupont later spun off the nylon fibers business (along with Lycra and other products such as Teflon) into a wholly owned subsidiary called Invista. Invista was later sold to Koch Industries, Inc. for $4.2 billion on April 30, 2004.


Growth and flourishing still continue today as Seaford adds more quality businesses and people to its vibrant residence. The Downtown Seaford Association is an organization formed by the Downtown Businesses. This group works together to help the community. The Downtown Seaford Association sponsors such activities as the Halloween Parade and the Christmas Parade. With more than 500 retail stores and service-related businesses, a stable and respected local government, a diversity of residential developments, a modern hospital and numerous support clinics, elderly care, fine schools and churches, many youth and adult extracurricular educational and recreational programs, numerous volunteer service organizations, and Seaford's location near the most pristine river and recreational beaches on the East Coast, it is little wonder Seaford is considered such a desirable place to live, work and play. In 2005 Seaford was featured in Relocate-America's Top 100 Places to Live.


Woodland Ferry - located west of Seaford, the ferry operates sunup to sundown, seven days a week with no fare charged; the 200-year-old cable-run ferry boat crossing the Nanticoke River, one of the last remaining ferries on the East Coast, was established circa 1793 by the Cannon family, and served as a major river crossing and trading center for travelers.

Income & Housing Costs Numbers:


Estimated median household income in 2008: $34,355 (it was $28,402 in 2000)





Estimated per capita income in 2008: $19,355

 Estimated median house or condo value in 2008: $217,990 (it was $87,600 in 2000)





Mean prices in 2008: All housing units: $223,344; Detached houses: $219,553; Townhouses or other attached units: $221,653; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $174,844; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $268,177; Mobile homes: $37,500

Dec. 2009 cost of living index in Seaford: 89.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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