Industries in Delaware

Delaware’s diverse range of industries and talent provides countless ways to prosper at all levels.

 




A Pioneering Spirit Leads the Way in Delaware Industries

Delaware is home to a diverse range of industries that support businesses large and small. From major financial firms and STEM-focused companies to manufacturers and technology-driven businesses, Delaware offers countless opportunities for professionals to thrive.


Our world-class universities and R&D facilities, forward-thinking industry leaders, and competitive cost of doing business together create a robust and prolific ecosystem that fosters innovation and entrepreneurship.

Key Industries

Science & Technology: Delaware’s STEM-based industries are among the strongest in the nation.

  • Ranked 7th in the Milken Institute’s 2018 State Technology and Science Index
  • Fourth-highest concentration in the U.S. of PhDs working in health, science and engineering
  • Highest concentration of chemical engineers of any state
  • Home of Incyte, #7 on the Forbes list of the World’s Most Innovative Companies

Business & Financial Services: Where the world chooses to do business.

  • More than one million businesses are incorporated here, including 66% of Fortune 500 companies
  • Home to nearly 40,000 financial services jobs
  • Financial services accounts for 9% of all jobs in Delaware, the highest share of any state
  • Home to financial powerhouses JPMorgan Chase, Capital One, M&T Bank, WSFS Bank and Citibank

Food & Agriculture: A food production powerhouse on the cutting edge of some of the most modern advances in food and agriculture.

  • Delaware farms are among the most efficient and productive in the nation
  • Ranked second in the U.S. for agricultural value sold per acre
  • More than $1 billion in cash receipts from 2,300 farms on 530,000 acres
  • 40% of land use devoted to agriculture production
  • Leading producers of broiler chickens and lima beans

Manufacturing & Logistics: Ideally situated to build and export innovative solutions worldwide.

  • Center of largest consumer market in the U.S.
  • More than 50 million people within 250 miles
  • Close proximity to major airports with international and domestic cargo capacity
  • Major international port four hours from the Atlantic Ocean
  • Intermodal transfer points and rail freight facilities throughout the region

Education & Healthcare: World-class universities, researchers and hospitals that drive innovation.

  • 100+ colleges and universities within two hours
  • State’s largest health system, Christiana Care, is in the top 2% of all U.S. hospitals (Healthgrades)
  • State’s largest university, University of Delaware, is a major research and teaching university
  • Delaware State University is ranked #5 of America’s Historically Black Colleges & Universities (BestColleges.com)
  • Robust network of technical education, including college, vocational high schools, trade schools and certificate programs