Millville is a town in Sussex County, Delaware, United States. The population was 544 at the 2010 census, an increase of 110% from the previous decade. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area and lies within Baltimore Hundred.
Location in Sussex County and the state of Delaware.
Millville is located at Atlantic Ocean and about 1 mile (2 km) south of Indian River Bay. It contiguous on the east with Ocean View, and bordered on the north, west, and south by unincorporated portions of Sussex County. (38.548836, -75.113578), about 1 mile (2 km) west of the
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.3 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 259 people, 111 households, and 71 families residing in the town. The population density was 534.1 people per square mile (208.3/km²). There were 141 housing units at an average density of 290.8 per square mile (113.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.91% White, 1.93% from other races, and 1.16% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.77% of the population.
There were 111 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.6% were married couples living together, 4.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 31.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.96.
In the town the population was spread out with 18.5% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 18.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 99.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $36,932, and the median income for a family was $45,417. Males had a median income of $29,821 versus $22,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,250. None of the families and 1.6% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 3.8% of those over 64.
The early settlement of the Millville area by Europeans is poorly recorded, although it is known that the swampy, marshynature of much of the land of eastern Baltimore Hundred in southeastern Delaware when the first Europeans arrived led them to establish plantations on higher ground in the vicinity of what are now Millville, Ocean View, and Clarksville. Millville itself grew up around a steam-powered sawmill operated by Captain Peter Townshend in the late 19th century, becoming a center for lumber, agricultural products, and commercial fishing.
For a time, the names "Dukestown" and "Dukesville" were considered for the town because of the prominence and number of members of the Dukes family who resided in the area. Eventually, however, the town was named Millville because of thesorghum mills, lumber mills, and grist mills in the area.
Millville was incorporated in 1906. It had a population of 206 at the time, and has grown in population only very slowly since, reaching only 259 by the 2000 census. However, the population more than doubled by the 2010 census, rising to 544 residents, the highest in the recorded history of Millville.
Millville was considered the principal town of Baltimore Hundred, although this today lacks meaning because Delaware's hundreds lost their political functions long ago and now serve only as geographic points of reference.