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As of the census2 of 2000, there are 6,161 people, 2,298 households, and 1,631 families residing in the town. The population density is 371.7/km² (962.4/mi²). There are 2,514 housing units at an average density of 151.7/km² (392.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 74.42% White, 21.30% African American, 0.11% Native American, 0.78% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.93% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. 5.29% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 2,298 households out of which 41.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.5% are married couples living together, 18.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.0% are non-families. 22.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.68 and the average family size is 3.14.
In the town the population is spread out with 30.9% under the age of 18, 9.5% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 18.3% from 45 to 64, and 7.9% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 31 years. For every 100 females there are 90.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 85.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $41,663, and the median income for a family is $47,270. Males have a median income of $35,688 versus $30,044 for females. The per capita income for the town is $18,517. 10.9% of the population and 8.8% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 12.7% of those under the age of 18 and 13.6% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Recent annexations of land have stimulated Middletown, as it is known as one of the fastest-growing places in Delaware. The town seeks to maintain the balance between healthy expansion and a small-town charm that draws its residents.
Surrounding the town itself are many affluent housing developments that are considered to be part of Middletown. Residents argue that the growth of the town rests primarily on these growing developments that attract a notable amount of higher-income families relocating from Philadelphia, New Jersey, and New York City.
Middletown is home to the Peach Festival, an annual summer tradition that attracts thousands of visitors each August.
The town is the filming location for Dead Poets Society, featuring Robin Williams.
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