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Millsboro is a town in Sussex County, Delaware. The Town is ranked #1 out of the 25 Sussex County (State's fastest-growing county) cities for number of residential building permits issued - a leading indicator of population growth. An emerging retail and employment center, Millsboro is home to a BJ's "club" store, a Chick-fil-A, a Lowe's, Merck facilities, an operations center for M&T Bank, Delmarva Health Pavilion, and GiggleBugs Early Learning Center. The Town is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Town of Millsboro (Delaware)
Location of Millsboro in Sussex County, Delaware.
Location of Millsboro in Sussex County, Delaware.
Millsboro is located in Delaware
Location within the state of Delaware
Millsboro is located in the United States
Millsboro (the United States)
Coordinates: 38°35′29″N 75°17′29″W / 38.59139°N 75.29139°W / 38.59139; -75.29139Coordinates: 38°35′29″N 75°17′29″W / 38.59139°N 75.29139°W / 38.59139; -75.29139
CountryUnited States
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • MayorJohn Thoroughgood
 • Town ManagerSheldon P. Hudson
 • Total3.95 sq mi (10.23 km2)
 • Land3.72 sq mi (9.62 km2)
 • Water0.23 sq mi (0.61 km2)
23 ft (7 m)
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,155.27/sq mi (446.05/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)302
FIPS code10-47940
GNIS feature ID214319[2]


State temperature recordsEdit

On July 21, 1930, the temperature in Millsboro rose to 110 °F (43 °C), the highest temperature ever recorded in Delaware. On January 17, 1893, the temperature fell to -17 °F (-27 °C) in Millsboro, the coldest temperature experienced in the state. Millsboro is one of only three cities in the United States to record both its state's extreme temperatures, the others being Chester, Massachusetts and Warsaw, Missouri.[3][4]



Public safetyEdit

Millsboro Police DepartmentEdit

Department Patrol Section officers provide for the general peace and safety of Millsboro. The Criminal Investigation Section detectives investigate the most serious crimes that occur within the Town and also conduct financial and identity theft investigations. In addition to these duties, they are called upon to perform background investigations on any civilian and police applicants being considered for Town employment.[7]

Millsboro Fire CompanyEdit

The Fire Company serves the Town of Millsboro and its surrounding district with a roster of approximately 74 active volunteer firefighters. [8]


Census Pop.
Est. 20197,00080.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[10] of 2000, the population density was 1,367.9 people per square mile (526.7/km²). There were 1,153 housing units at an average density of 668.3 per square mile (257.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 73.64% White, 19.41% African American, 0.76% Native American, 3.31% Asian, 1.61% from other races, and 1.27% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.09% of the population.

Of the households in the Town, 23.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.2% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.7% were non-families. 36.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.13 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the Town, the population was spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 24.3% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 26.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 71.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.9 males.

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "2016 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved Jul 25, 2017.
  2. ^ "Millsboro". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  3. ^ "Record Highest Temperatures By State" (PDF). National Climatic Data Center. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  4. ^ "Record Lowest Temperatures By State" (PDF). National Climatic Data Center. Retrieved June 20, 2013.
  5. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ Millsboro police web site
  8. ^ Millsboro Fire Company website
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.

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