10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Delaware For 2019


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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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for . This is our second time ranking the best cities for families in Delaware.

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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 for 2019:

  1. New Castle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Lewes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Bridgeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Smyrna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Harrington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Clayton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Newark (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Delmar (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Elsmere (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Newport (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 some more reading about Delaware and the best places for families in the country:

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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 27 cities.

Read on to see why New Castle is where all the families are headed, while Bethany Beach is probably a place made for singles.

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New Castle, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,364
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Philadelphia
Households with kids: 16.6%
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.

Lewes, DE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,961
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Philadelphia
Households with kids: 6.1%
More on Lewes: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bridgeville, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,480
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 16.9%
More on Bridgeville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Smyrna, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,276
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 58
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 38.9%
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.

Harrington, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,664
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 44.0%
More on Harrington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Clayton, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,134
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 36
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 48.1%
More on Clayton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Newark, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 33,243
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Philadelphia
Households with kids: 15.6%
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.

Delmar, DE

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,704
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 40
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 27.8%
More on Delmar: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Elsmere, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,097
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 31
Closest Major City: Philadelphia
Households with kids: 23.4%
More on Elsmere: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Elsmere is a town in New Castle County, Delaware, United States, bordering the city of Wilmington along Wilmington’s western border. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the town is 6,131.

Newport, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,295
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 46
Closest Major City: Philadelphia
Households with kids: 30.6%
More on Newport: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

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. Bethany Beach
  2. Rehoboth Beach
  3. Seaford

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Delaware

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 New Castle, DE 5,364 37
2 Lewes, DE 2,961 52
3 Bridgeville, DE 2,480 43
4 Smyrna, DE 11,276 54
5 Harrington, DE 3,664 36
6 Clayton, DE 3,134 38
7 Newark, DE 33,243 58
8 Delmar, DE 1,704 38
9 Elsmere, DE 6,097 36
10 Newport, DE 1,295 35
11 Dover, DE 37,109 64
12 Felton, DE 1,405 53
13 Wyoming, DE 1,554 53
14 Greenwood, DE 1,147 49
15 Millsboro, DE 4,181 55
16 Selbyville, DE 2,245 44
17 Laurel, DE 4,147 35
18 Blades, DE 1,382 59
19 Milton, DE 2,792 60
20 Milford, DE 10,645 59
21 Cheswold, DE 1,239 45
22 Ocean View, DE 2,150 56
23 Wilmington, DE 71,276 48
24 Camden, DE 3,486 39
25 Seaford, DE 7,447 46
26 Rehoboth Beach, DE 1,218 61
27 Bethany Beach, DE 1,010 36

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