Delaware is in the midst of vibrant growth in its app industry. One sign of this is that the 2,500 app developers currently working throughout the state earn one of the highest average annual salaries in the nation – calculated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as being $97,520 in 2014.
Another sign of vibrant growth can be found in the state’s employment projections. Delaware’s Office of Occupational and Labor Market Information anticipates there will be 70 job openings for app developers every year between 2012 and 2022. Altogether that adds up to a growth rate of 18 percent – double the state’s average job growth for the same period.
In a recent study, CTIA-The Wireless Association determined that Delaware’s app industry generates $76 million every year. These are admirable figures, with the success of the app industry resting on improvements that have been taking place in Delaware over the last decade. The state’s current and future growth statistics are only possible because of a strong wireless network and the expanding mobile device market.
Foundations of Delaware’s App Growth
As in the rest of the United States, the growth of mobile devices and smartphones plus the apps they use could only happen as technology improved, wireless networks got faster, and coverage became broader. According to reports from the FCC, in 2009 just 311,000 Delaware residences had a connection to the internet.
Four years later the number of Delaware residences with an internet connection had already more than doubled to 758,000. Internet speed had also increased. In 2013 95.78 percent of all Delaware residents had access to internet speeds of at least 50 Mbps. 99.29 percent of residents could access internet with a minimum speed of 10 Mbps.
Today virtually all areas of the state have coverage, and there are only a few dozen square miles where people have less than three service providers to choose from. In 2015 more than 683,000 Delaware residents have a broadband internet connection and more than 44 percent of households are wireless-only. Recent FCC statistics show there are an estimated 565,000 smartphones and other mobile wireless devices in circulation throughout the state – enough for at least 50 percent of the state’s entire population.