Rankings 2014

delaware

Education:

24th

Economy:

39th

Safety:

44th

Environment:

48th

Health:

19th

Infrastructure:

35th

Government:

21st

Results Champion?: YES

Delaware was above average for the public health measures, especially in the areas of cost of healthcare, rate of uninsured, rate of smokers, and food security. Delaware has a healthy population, but a below average economy, infrastructure, and a poor environment. Delaware has nearly no renewable energy and poor air and water quality. Their CO2 emissions are 3rd best in the US, but this could be confounded due to the small size of the state.

Like Connecticut, Delaware has a stagnant state economy. In 2012, it ranked 49th in state GDP growth rate, 50th in economic diversity and 48th in job growth. While the state does have high comparative scores in poverty and income equality, the lack of growth prevents Delaware from becoming an innovative as well as prosperous economy. Delaware is 44th in the nation for public safety, and fall short particularly in rate of incarceration and violent crimes. The small population and high rate of urbanization may skew these numbers.

Recommendations
Delaware’s primary focus should be in economic and environmental areas. Because the highest proportion of the state’s GDP comes from non-industrial economic sectors, improving air and water quality may have less effect in the economy than in other states. Further, increasing the states rate of venture capital investment, which currently sits at 40th place among states, could drive innovation and new business in Delaware.