We have the labor force to drive your business into the future!

Labor Force Demographics

As the 5th fastest growing municipality in the Columbus Region, our labor force continues to grow and diversify. Due to the quality of our schools, a tremendous number of educated technical workers from the engineering, chemistry, science and technology fields choose to call the area home so that their children can benefit from the highest quality education. In particular, the City of Delaware is attracting Millennials who are looking for a high quality of life in a very walkable community.
  • Estimated 2018 City Population: 40,000
  • City Labor Force: 20,000
  • Regional Labor Shed Labor: 1.9 million
  • Population Growth: 3.4%
  • Median Age: 33.2
  • Unemployment Rate for City: 3.2%
  • Unemployment rate for Region: 4%
  • High School Grad or Higher: 92.3%
  • Associates Degree or Higher: 40.2%
  • Bachelor's Degree or Higher: 32.1%
  • Graduate Degree: 9%
  • White Collar: 62%
  • Blue Collar: 37%
  • Avg. Drive Time of Labor Pool: 25 minutes

A much more detailed labor force analysis including industry breakout as well as commuting patterns can be found in our 2014 Economic Development Plan (PDF).

Site Selection Group also conducted a detailed labor force analysis (PPT) on behalf of Columbus2020 in 2014. 

We also can help you with a more specific labor force study based on the types of employees you need. Ask and you shall receive!

Labor Transportation

Our DATA (Delaware Area Transit Authority) buses also have greatly helped in moving our labor force from surrounding counties or around the county into their places of employment. DATA does have a direct connection with COTA at Polaris Mall allowing for an easy commute from Columbus and Franklin County to employers in the City of Delaware.

Staffing Partners

The City of Delaware works with the following workforce partners to assist area employers with finding the right workers for their needs:

Education and Training Partners
The City of Delaware works with the following education and training partners to assist our employers with preparing employees for working in their companies or growing in their companies:

  • Ohio State University
  • Franklin University
  • Otterbein University
  • Ohio Wesleyan University
  • Columbus State Community College (Delaware Campus and Columbus Main Campus)
  • Marion Technical College
  • Delaware Area Career
  • Tolles Career Center 
  • Robotics and Manufacturing Technical Education Centers at Marion and Plain City
  • CAMs



Sean Hughes M.S.

Economic Development
Director and

Business Concierge



Courtney Hendershot

Economic Development
Coordinator and

Business Concierge
740.203.1018 chendershot@delawareohio.net

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