Kent County Up in Census

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Kent County welcomed 1,000 new residents more than in 2000, the date of the last census. The county’s population has grown by 5.2-percent to 20,197, but remains the smallest county in the state. It also grew the least, with the exception of Baltimore City which saw a population decline of -4.6 percent. Queen Anne’s and Cecil counties each grew by more than 17-percent. By far the most popular county to move to in the state seems to be St. Mary’s, which saw a population increase of 22-percent.

Residents who identify themselves as white make up 80-percent of the county’s population. The second largest group is African Americans who make up 15-percent of the population. The Census Bureau shows Kent County has 10,549 vacant homes, or approximately 23-percent. The Bureau defines a vacant home as being for sale, seasonal, or empty/uninhabitable. The town with the largest percentage of vacant homes is Betterton with 51-percent.