Rankings: Wilmington destination, software jobs, drunk driving

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The Quoin boutique hotel in Wilmington.
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Rankings continue to roll into our Inbox. Here’s a sampling.

Wilmington continues to draw national attention from the travel press.

Conde Nast Traveler listed Wilmington as one of the 23 Best Places to go in 2023.

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The wide-ranging list included Anchorage, Seattle; Memphis, Boston and the Florida Everglades.

Once again, the Buccini influence was present with downtown hotels and restaurants mentioned in the piece all having ties to the closely held Buccini/Pollin Group. PPG has worked to transform the sprawling downtown and the riverfront into a residential, enteretainment and dining destination.

The story did mention the soon-to-open Chancery Market food hall that is not tied to BPG.

Also featured are well-known cultural attractions tied to the duPont family – Nemours, Hagley and Winterthur.

Wilmington was at the bottom of the story, but that’s because the listings were alphabetical.

Come to Delaware and code

Delaware comes out on top as the best state for a coding career, according to the study carried out by  Scrapfly.com. The firm analyzed data from the U.S. Bureau of Labour Statistics and job site Jooble.

The Diamond State has the most software developer job openings per 100,000 people with 759. Employers offer an average annual wage of $108,440.

Ranked in second place on the list is Vermont with a total of 519 job openings per 100,000 of the population.

A spokesperson for Scrapfly.com said: “Whether you’re already established in the coding world or looking to kickstart your career journey, there are plenty of states that provide ample opportunity to flourish.

The report also shows that coders who like the wide open spaces have options in lightly populated states like Alaska and Wyoming.

“As you can see by the data, it’s a common misconception that you have to get a job in one of the more populous states in order to get the dream job as a software developer. Wyoming is a great example of a state that is small in population but is really pushing the boundaries in terms of creating jobs within the tech industry.

StateJob count
(Jooble software developers)
Jobs per 100,000 peopleMedian wage (annual)
Delaware7,656759$108,440
Vermont3,353519$99,210
Wyoming2,830488$80,090
Montana5,236475$80,610
South Dakota4,193465$78,990
North Dakota3,665458$78,730
Alaska3,271443$103,010
Massachusetts30,815432$128,160
New Hampshire5,705411$106,730
Rhode Island4,373395$105100

Delaware has 4th lowest drunk driving rate

Forbes Advisor data shows that Delaware has the fourth rate of drunk driving.

The First State ranks fourth among a cluster of nearby states, the one exception being Utah.

The District of Columbia was first, followed by New Jersey and Utah, with New York at No. 5.

In 2020, 23% of traffic deaths in Delaware were caused by drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of more than 0.08 (tied for the fifth lowest). Three percent of traffic deaths were caused by drivers with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.01 to 0.07 (tied for lowest with Kansas and Mississippi). Also, Delaware had the third-lowest DUI arrests per 100,000 licensed drivers on average (44.48).

 Montana topped the list of the worst states for drunk driving, followed by Wyoming, Texas, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Six factors were used, including the above-mentioned arrests per 100,000 drivers and the rate of fatal crashes where alcohol was a factor.

The low rate of impaired driving has not had much of an effect on vehicle insurance rates in Delaware, which are among the highest in the nation.

Click here for the full report.

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