Located at the head of the Broadkill River Milton was first settled in 1672 by English Colonists. The town was known by various names until 1807, when it was named for the English poet, John Milton. The Delaware General Assembly passed the charter that recognized The Town of Milton as a municipality in 1945.
History and Milton’s shipbuilding heritage remain very important to the town, which is home to some of the finest Victorian and Colonial architecture in Delaware. Many of the homes have been restored to their original form, particularly those on Union and Federal streets.
Milton has 198 structures on the Federal Register Historic District and its history is preserved in the Lydia Black Cannon Museum, the Governor James Carey home, the Chestnut Street Cemetery, and the Governor David Hazzard Mansion.
Today, Milton serves local residents and summer tourists in the Milton, Broadkill Beach and Primehook Beach areas with family operated businesses and new office and shopping complexes.
Milton boasts numerous community organizations, a civic center, a memorial park, a volunteer fire department, a public library, more than a half-dozen major annual events, and churches.
Recreational opportunities abound with the Broadkill River, Wagamon’s Pond, Diamond Pond and Lavinia Pond. Public boat docks and fishing piers are also available.
As of the census of 2020, there were 3,291 people, 1,363 households, and 513 married-couple families residing in the town. The older population of residents over 65 years and older is 30.2%, and residents with a bachelor’s degree or higher is 43.9%. The school enrollment population enrolled in Kindergarten to 12th Grade is 72.6%
The racial makeup of the town was 31 American Indian and Alaska Native, 29 Asian, 2,615 White, 326 Black or African American, 1 Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 87 from some other races, and 202 two or more races. Household Languages Spoken are 93.8% English only, 5.1% Spanish only, 0.5% Other indo-European languages, 0.0% Asian and Pacific Islander languages, 0.6% Other languages
The median income for a household in the town was $59,531, and the median income for a family was $73,884. Poverty, all people is 11.2%, and the Class of Workers includes 28.2% Local, State, and Federal Government Workers, 50.4% private company workers, 3.9% self-employed in own incorporated business workers, 7.7% private not-for-profit wages and salary workers, and 9.8% self-employed in own not incorporated business workers and unpaid family workers.