10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Delaware For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Delaware have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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If you’re like the rest of us, you’re looking for the perfect place for your family. But you have a strict criteria; the city has to be safe, affordable, and stimulating. Basically, the place you move – or even visit – has to be outright perfect.

Is that attainable? Perhaps not, but we’ll get you as close as we can.

Promise.

According to the United States Census, the number of American families who move is trending downwards Why is that? Perhaps it has to do with the ‘safety net’ factor: We get comfortable where we live, and we’re afraid to try a new move. What if the schools are bad? What if it’s dangerous?

Well, we can pretty much guarantee that if you choose the cities we’re mentioning below, you won’t lose any sleep whatsoever.

So, where are the best cities for families in Delaware? We’ve got the answers here.

These are the best cities to raise a family in the First State:

  1. Lewes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. New Castle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Clayton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Smyrna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Harrington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Greenwood (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Wyoming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Bridgeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Delmar (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Newark (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you’re thinking of making a move to Delaware, and want a family-friendly place, we’ve got you covered. And if you already have kids, we’re surprised you made it this far into the article and hope your little ones give you a couple of more minutes of free time.

Keep on reading for a detailed methodology.

Or, check out the best places to live in Delaware and, for those of you on a budget, the cheapest places to live in Delaware.

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How do you determine which place is best for families in Delaware anyways?

To give you the places in Delaware which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what’s family-friendly and what isn’t.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the First State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Delaware, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 1,000 people. For Delaware, that meant a total of 26 cities.

Read on to see why Lewes is where all the families are headed, while Seaford is probably a place made for singles.

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1. Lewes

Lewes, DE

Population: 2,955
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 64
Closest Major City: Philadelphia
Households with kids: 6.6%
More on Lewes: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

2. New Castle

New Castle, DE

Population: 5,372
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 65
Closest Major City: Philadelphia
Households with kids: 20.3%
More on New Castle: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

New Castle is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, six miles south of Wilmington, situated on the Delaware River. In 1900, 3,380 people lived here; in 1910, 3,351. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 5,285.

3. Clayton

Clayton, DE

Population: 3,080
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 31
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 58.7%
More on Clayton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

4. Smyrna

Smyrna, DE

Population: 11,081
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 65
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 39.9%
More on Smyrna: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Smyrna is a town in Kent and New Castle counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the Census Bureau, as of 2010, the population of the town is 10,023.

5. Harrington

Harrington, DE

Population: 3,688
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 45
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 44.7%
More on Harrington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

6. Greenwood

Greenwood, DE

Population: 1,280
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 56
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 39.0%
More on Greenwood: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

7. Wyoming

Wyoming, DE

Population: 1,575
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 38
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 35.5%
More on Wyoming: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

8. Bridgeville

Bridgeville, DE

Population: 2,397
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 32
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 17.2%
More on Bridgeville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

9. Delmar

Delmar, DE

Population: 1,792
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 33.1%
More on Delmar: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

10. Newark

Newark, DE

Population: 32,941
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Philadelphia
Households with kids: 17.5%
More on Newark: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Newark is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. It is located 12 miles west-southwest of Wilmington. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 31,454. Newark is home to the University of Delaware, which is often regarded as a top ten ranked University in the United States.

There You Have It – The Best Places To Raise A Family In Delaware

If you’re looking for a breakdown of cities in Delaware ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here’s a look at the best cities for singles Delaware according to the data:

  1. Seaford
  2. Ocean View
  3. Camden

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Delaware

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Lewes 2,955 45
2 New Castle 5,372 40
3 Clayton 3,080 36
4 Smyrna 11,081 60
5 Harrington 3,688 51
6 Greenwood 1,280 30
7 Wyoming 1,575 56
8 Bridgeville 2,397 46
9 Delmar 1,792 49
10 Newark 32,941 42
11 Cheswold 1,123 30
12 Felton 1,566 31
13 Elsmere 6,137 30
14 Dover 37,351 72
15 Selbyville 2,268 33
16 Blades 1,302 38
17 Laurel 3,984 39
18 Milton 2,756 48
19 Millsboro 4,121 55
20 Newport 1,075 59
21 Wilmington 71,502 64
22 Milford 10,532 51
23 Rehoboth Beach 1,119 33
24 Camden 3,494 47
25 Ocean View 2,087 34
26 Seaford 7,417 61

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