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.
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:
- Lewes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- New Castle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Clayton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Smyrna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Harrington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Greenwood (Homes For Sale)
- Wyoming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bridgeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Delmar (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- 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.
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.
2. New Castle
New Castle is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, six miles (10 km) 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.
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.
Newark (/nurk/ NEW-ark)[note 1] is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. It is located 12 miles (19 km) 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:
- Ocean View
For more Delaware reading, check out:
- 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Delaware
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Delaware
- These Are The 10 Richest Cities In Delaware
Detailed List Of The Best Places For Families In Delaware