Population, Race and Ethnicity
Rising Sun-Lebanon is a Census-designated place in Kent County, Delaware, with a population of 4,263. According to the most recent estimates from the U.S. Census Bureau, 57.50% of residents identify as white, 16.90% as Black or African American, 0.90% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.90% as Asian, 0.00% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 18.60% as Hispanic or Latino, and 5.20% as some other race or combination of races.
Nationally, some 61.1% of Americans identify as white, 12.3% as Black or African American, 0.7% as American Indian or Alaska Native, 5.4% as Asian, 0.2% as Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, 17.8% as Hispanic or Latino, and 2.6% as some other race or combination of races.
Census respondents are also asked to report ancestry. Some of the most commonly reported ancestries in Rising Sun-Lebanon include German, American, Irish, English, and Scottish. Measured by location quotient — comparing the Census-designated place share to the national share — some of the most highly concentrated ancestries in Census-designated place are Danish, West Indian, and Scottish.
Native and foreign-born population
An estimated 93.60% of Rising Sun-Lebanon residents are native-born, meaning they were born in the United States, Puerto Rico, a U.S. Island Area, or abroad to a U.S. citizen. Of the 6.40% of the population that is foreign-born, 17.70% have become naturalized U.S. citizens. Nationwide, 86.5% of Americans are native-born. And of the 13.5% of Americans who are foreign-born, 48.5% have become naturalized U.S. citizens.
The population of Rising Sun-Lebanon is younger than the United States as a whole. The median age is 36.4 years, 1.5 years less than the national median age of 37.9 years. An estimated 7.10% of the population is 65 years and over, compared to 15.2% of the U.S. population.
Family and household composition
Family and household composition also varies heavily across the United States. In Rising Sun-Lebanon, 54.60% of households are occupied by married-couple families, compared to the 48.3% national figure. Some 3.90% of households are occupied by single male householders, 17.80% by single female householders, and 23.70% by non-family occupants. Nationwide, 4.9% of households are occupied by single male householders, 12.6% by single female householders, and 34.3% by non-family occupants. An estimated 51.20% of heads of household own their homes, compared to the national homeownership rate of 63.8%.
English is by far the most commonly spoken language in Delaware and across the U.S. as a whole. Similarly, in Rising Sun-Lebanon, 98% of local residents aged 5 and up speak English exclusively, or, if they are multilingual, speak English very well. For context, 95.6% of the 5 and older population across Delaware only speaks English, or speak it very well, and 91.5% of the same age group nationwide do.
Residents of Rising Sun-Lebanon are more likely than the typical American to be married. Of all local residents aged 15 and older, 54.6% are currently married, compared to 48.1% of Americans nationwide in the same age group. Across Delaware as a whole, 47.9% of residents 15 and older are married.
Divorce is more common in Rising Sun-Lebanon than it is across the U.S. as a whole. According to Census estimates, 14% of residents 15 and older are divorced — compared to 10.8% of the U.S. population in the same age group. In Delaware, 11.1% of the 15 and older population is divorced.
An estimated 26.5% of Rising Sun-Lebanon residents 15 and older have never married, compared to one-third of all Americans in the same age group.
In Rising Sun-Lebanon, 15.5% of the 18 and older civilian population are veterans — compared to 7.5% of adult civilians nationwide and 9% of the civilian population in all of Delaware.
In Rising Sun-Lebanon, adults are more likely to have a high school education than the typical American adult, but are less likely to have a four-year college education. Among Rising Sun-Lebanon residents 25 and older, 90.50% have a high school diploma or equivalent, and 24.00% have a bachelor's degree or higher, compared to 87.7% and 31.5% of adults nationwide, respectively. Across Delaware, 89.8% of adults have graduated high school, and 31.4 have a bachelor’s degree.
The typical household in Rising Sun-Lebanon earns $63,306 a year, about $3,000 more than the national median of $60,293 and $2,300 less than the median household income across the state of $65,627.
Serious financial hardship is more common in Rising Sun-Lebanon than it is nationwide. The local poverty rate stands at 17.90%, while the national poverty rate is 14.1%. Across the state as a whole, 11.9% of the population lives below the poverty line.
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