Milford

Milford is located on the banks of the Mispillion River and lies in both central and southern Delaware. As a former ship building hub, it has since transformed into a vibrant area packed with galleries, small businesses, special events, and public open space. The town includes three National Register of Historic Places Historic Districts, a local museum located in a former Post Office, the landmark Parson Thorne Mansion, and the recently restored Vineyard Shipyard. In November 2018, Milford was selected by the Kent County Tourism Corporation as the 2018 Village of the Year.

Milford’s proximity to the Delaware beaches and designated as a Downtown Development District (DDD) has enabled the city to experience exponential growth. Additionally, the City is nestled between Route 1 and US Route 113 making it an attractive location for industries and businesses serving not only Delaware, but also Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Virginia. They city has a designated Opportunity Zone located North of the Mispillion River and two business parks West of US Route 113.

There are approximately 386 acres of vacant or underutilized land designated as C-3 Highway Commercial within the City of Milford, of which 256 of these acres are located along SR 1.

Milford's Top Employers:

  • Bayhealth, Inc.
  • City of Milford
  • Dentsply Sirona, Inc.
  • First State Manufacturing
  • Kent Sussex Industries, Inc.
  • Milford School District
  • Perdue Farms, Inc.
  • Seawatch International, Inc.

Milford's Demographics

  • Municipal Population: 11,075 (2017)
  • City Median Household Income: $52,274
  • 55.2% of Milford residents over the age of 24 are at least high school graduates
  • 7.1% of Milford residents have an associates degree
  • 19.1% of Milford residents have a bachelors or graduate degree
  • 95.9% of Milford residents are employed

Milford’s School District:

Milford is home to the Buccaneers; the school districts serves all of Milford beginning from Preschool to High School.

  • Morris Early Childhood Center
  • Benjamin Banneker Elementary School
  • Lulu M. Ross Elementary School
  • Mispillion Elementary School
  • Milford Central Academy
  • Milford High School

Electric Provider: City of Milford

Gas Provider: Chesapeake Utility

Water Provider: City of Milford

Sewer Provider: City of Milford

Trash: City of Milford

Milford’s Incentives for businesses:

Opportunity Zone

The State of Delaware has designated the Northern portion of Milford as a Qualified Opportunity Zone. This portion of the City includes a majority of residential and commercially zone property near Route 113, Highway 1, and the downtown area. Click here for the City’s “Milford – Open for Business” interactive mapping application for more information on the Opportunity Zone, Downtown Development District, Historic Preservation Program, Zoning and Parcel Information.

DDD

Milford’s Downtown Development District Area includes 170 acres of land centered on the City’s Central Business District and the Mispillion River. State and local incentives include up to 20% rebates of “hard costs”, historic preservation tax credits, waiver of City impact fees, building permit fees, realty transfer taxes and property tax abatements. Portions of the DDD Area are within the City’s Opportunity Zone. Click here for the City’s “Milford – Open for Business” interactive mapping application for more information on the Opportunity Zone, Downtown Development District, Historic Preservation Program, Zoning and Parcel Information. Click here for a DDD program brochure. For more information on the DDD program, please visit www.cityofmilford.com/ddd.

Other Incentives

The City has developed Specific Economic Development Incentive Programs for portions of the entire City depending on the program. The City currently has three (3) SEDIPs; Greater Milford Business Complex Incentive Program, Downtown Development District Incentive Program and the Citywide Job Creation and Capital Investment Program. Click here to find out more specifics on each of the programs.

Available Land