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Delaware's real gross state product in 2012 was estimated to be $56,110 which was $131,330 and 70% lower than the national state average, $187,440. Delaware has the 42nd highest GSP out of the 50 states.
The city of Wilmington, Delaware is the heart of the state's economy. This city is home to the DuPont Company - one the largest chemical companies
in the world. DuPont has developed such well-known products as Nylon, Teflon, Cellophane, Stainmaster carpets, and Lycra brand spandex.
In addition to the DuPont Company, many other industries are located in the Wilmington area. These manufacturers produce clothing, processed food, rubber and plastic products, paper products, metals, and printed materials, and transportation equipment.
While the state is primarily industrial, agriculture still plays an important role. Delaware is a leading producer of broiler chickens. Potatoes, soybeans, corn, and dairy products are also important to the state's economy. Its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean has resulted in the growth of a fishing industry that produces crabs, clams and oyster.
Dover Air Force Base in Dover, Delaware, is the state's largest military facility and a major employer.
Poultry, nursery stock, soybeans, dairy products, corn.
Chemical products, food processing, paper products, rubber and plastic products, scientific instruments, printing and publishing.
The gross state product of Delaware in 2003 was $49 billion. The per capita personal income was $34,199, ranking 9th in the nation.
Delaware's agricultural output consists of poultry, nursery stock, soybeans, dairy products and corn. Its industrial outputs include chemical products, processed foods, paper products, and rubber and plastic products. Delaware's economy generally outperforms the national economy of the United States.
The state's largest employers are concentrated in government (State of Delaware, New Castle County, University of Delaware), chemical and pharmaceutical companies (E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., Syngenta, AstraZeneca, and Hercules, Incorporated), banking (MBNA America, Wilmington Trust Company, First USA / Bank One / JPMorgan Chase, AIG, Citigroup, Deutsche Bank), automotive manufacturing (General Motors, DaimlerChrysler), and farming, specifically chicken farming in Sussex County (Perdue, Mountaire Farms).
The United States headquarters of ING Group, and the US operations of its online bank, ING Direct, are located in Wilmington, as are the world headquarters of MBNA.
Dover Air Force Base, just outside Dover, is one of the largest in the country and is a major employer in Central Delaware. In addition to its other responsibilities, the base serves as the entry point and mortuary for American military persons (and some US government civilians) who die overseas.