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In 1977 the General Assembly passed Delaware's Freedom of Information Act to insure that government be open and accountable to the people. The Delaware Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the state law that gives the public the right to observe government meetings and to access government records. Additionally the Delaware Open Meetings Law legislates the methods by which public meetings are conducted. Records specifically exempted from public disclosure by statute or common law include but are not limited to intelligence files compiled for law-enforcement purposes, records involving labor negotiations or collective bargaining, pending investigative files and personnel, medical or pupil files. The office of the Attorney General is responsible for investigating any alleged violations of the FOIA. Delaware has three counties, the fewest of any U.S. state. Each county elects a legislative body. most functions which are handled on a county by county basis in other states, such as court and law enforcement have been centralized in Delaware. The centralization significantly concentrates the power of the Delaware state government. Delaware has 1,795 populated places including cities, towns, neighborhoods, subdivisions and settlements. Delaware criminal histories and records are maintained by the Delaware State Identification Bureau, a division of the Delaware State Police. Find current Delaware public records fast and easily. Request criminal records from local law enforcement authorities and find out about prisons and individual inmate information. Search the state's judicial system for current court case records. Find information about the county governments, resources and services they have to offer their citizens. Link to the city websites to learn about individual communities and local attractions. Gather information on the residents and learn about the housing and real estate markets. Investigate the possibility of doing business in Delaware by learning about the demographics and local economy. Read about interesting news headlines and stories happening in Delaware. Get birth, death and marriage statistics and learn about the history of Delaware and its people. Check this site often as new Delaware sources are added on a regular basis.
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  • Where can I find which county in Delaware to request a background check?
    You do not necessarily need to know which county to search for. Using the State Bureau of Identification, you can request a criminal search from the central repository for criminal history information in Delaware. You can also look up addresses found by doing a people search online. Some addresses or residences can be cross-referenced by looking up deed information and property ownership. Also, remember that juvenile records are not available through this service. Like criminal records, the state's superior court's case search can be looked up at once, where you may not need to go from county to county. You can access cases and judgments under persons' and businesses' names.
  • Where can I get information on the Delaware fire on November 26th, 2013?
    Since you know the date of the incident, periodicals such as the one at the local library could have an article about it. In crime mapping, several sources show fires (possible arson) by area/block; this source has dates of coverage and various departments. If you know the location or city of the fire, mention it in your question, there may be a source specific to that area. Some fire departments release press releases and news about their operations.
  • Can I get arrest records from the Delaware state police to check the entire state?
    There are many sites where you can look up arrests, including: Delaware Criminal Justice Information System Online Wanted Person Review, this is a free and instant search from the state. What the state police provides should be on their webpage, or you may need to call. I would rely on information directly from the source, not another person's experience as it can vary from one individual to another. Note that arrests do not always end up as criminal convictions, chances are that they wouldn't appear in a person's background check.
  • Where can I find access to and copies of guardianship records in Delaware?
    The Chancery Court appoints guardianships, which include guardianship of an adult, property of an adult and property of a child under the age of 18. The Delaware state courts' site offers an overview of the process for a disabled person's guardianship.
  • Where can I find in Delaware, who owns an empty house?
    There are free searches which show property information online freely, you will need to know the county, since there are only three counties in Delaware, you can just look into them individually. Sussex, Kent and New Castle, all three have free online searches of property information. You can search by street name or other location description.
Delaware Free Public Records Directory

Departments which record, maintain and provide official documents, certificates or information requested by the general public.

Delaware Latest Crime Records (Updated 12/08/2022)
  • Total Violent Crime:
    4,115
  • Murder And Nonnegligent Manslaughter:
    48
  • Rape:
    310
  • Robbery:
    790
  • Aggravated Assault:
    2,967
  • Total Property Crime:
    21,931
  • Burglary:
    2,968
  • Larceny Theft:
    17,359
  • Motor Vehicle Theft:
    1,604
Delaware Census Data
  • Information About People and Demographics

  • Total population of persons residing within the state
    897,934
  • Estimate of the state's total residency
    783,557
  • Percentage change of the total resident population
    15%
  • Net change of residents' total population
    114,334
  • Complete count of statewide resident population
    783,600
  • Population estimate of residents less than 5 years of age
    59,726
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 5 years of age
    7%
  • Estimate of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    206,993
  • Estimated percentage of residents that are less than 18 years of age
    23%
  • Percentage estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    14%
  • Estimate of residents that are 65 years of age and older
    126,693
  • Total estimate percentage of female residents
    52%
  • State's white resident population
    618,617
  • State's black resident population
    191,814
  • State's American Indian and Alaska Native resident populations
    4,181
  • State's Asian resident population
    28,549
  • State's Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander resident population
    400
  • Statewide resident population of two or more races
    23,854
  • Statewide resident population of Hispanic or Latino origin
    73,221
  • Non Hispanic white resident population
    586,752
  • Statewide percentage of white residents
    69%
  • Statewide percentage of black residents
    21%
  • Statewide percentage of American Indian and Alaska Native residents
    1%
  • Statewide percentage of Asian residents
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander
    0%
  • Statewide percentage of Two or more races
    3%
  • Statewide percentage of Hispanic or Latino Origin
    8%
  • Statewide percentage of non Hispanic white
    65%
  • Vital Statistics

    Births and deaths occurring in Delaware
  • Births
    12,170
  • Deaths
    7,327
  • Infant death occurring within the state of persons one year of age or less
    91
  • Percentage of persons with the same residence of one year or more
    85%
  • Resident Background Information

    Education and background history of Delaware Residents
  • Percentage of foreign born population in the state
    8%
  • Percentage of residents 5 years of age and older that speak languages other than English at home
    12%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with high a school education or higher
    87%
  • Percentage of persons from 25 years of age and older with bachelor's degree or higher
    28%
  • Total number of Veterans
    78,336
  • Current Housing and Real Estate Data

    Households located in Delaware
  • Average time spent commuting to work for person 16 years and over not working from their personal residence
    24 Min
  • Housing unit estimates
    396,222
  • Net change of housing units estimates
    53,167
  • Housing unit estimates - percentage change
    16%
  • Percentage of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    74%
  • Median value of the state's housing units being occupied by owners
    $235,000
  • Percentage of housing in structure of multi dwelling units
    18%
  • Total number of households
    325,160
  • Average size of households
    3
  • Delaware Employment Data

    Income, earnings and payrolls of people residing within the State
  • Per capita income in the past 12 months in dollars adjusted to inflation
    $28,935
  • Statewide income of median households in Delaware
    $56,985
  • Percentage of persons living in poverty
    11%
  • The personal income of persons employed
    $34,575
  • Per capita income of persons employed
    $40,112
  • Labor force of civilian workers
    434,704
  • The unemployment of the civilian labor force
    35,035
  • The rate of unemployed civilian labor force
    8%
  • Employment of person relating to all industries
    548,130
  • Net change of employment in all industries
    40,310
  • People employed by the government
    70,838
  • Earnings by persons working in all industries
    28,746,991
  • Average earnings per job in all industries
    52,446
  • Number of private non farm establishments
    25,174
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