Middletown is a small town in New Castle County, Delaware. Despite its population of just 18,700, it is the fourth-largest city in the state of Delaware by population. Located in the northern part of the state, Middletown has grown rapidly since the turn of the 21st century, as more and more affluent people have been drawn to the city’s rustic and small-town charms. Between 2000 and 2010, the population of Middletown grew by 206%, with much of the growth being attributed to suburban sprawl, a marked change from historic growth patterns in the area. Sitting roughly thirty miles from Wilmington, the state’s largest city, has helped the growth of Middletown tremendously.
Much of Middletown’s growth has come from recent annexations of nearby undeveloped land, and the growth has attracted a lot of high-income people that have helped spur growth in the town’s central district. Several new restaurant chains and established fast-food chains have setup shop along U.S. 301, the site of much of Middletown’s development, and newer developments such as upgrading rural roads like Delaware Route 15 and U.S. 301 have helped to facilitate more growth and development. The growth of Middletown has been said to have had a direct impact on the population decline of Wilmington in recent years.
Like many areas in northern Delaware, Middletown experiences warm-to-hot summers and cold-to-mild winters, depending on prevailing weather patterns. Average highs during the summer months typically reach the mid-to-upper 80’s, though highs in the 90’s are not unheard of. Overnight lows tend to drop into the mid-to-upper 60’s. During the winter months, however, average highs usually reach into the low-to-mid 40’s, with overnight lows dropping down into the upper 20’s on average.
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