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It's that time of year again, HomeSnacks has ranked the best places for families in Delaware; and this year, The First State's most family friendly places really brought their A-game. But, before we let you in on Delaware's top ten best places for families, we should tell you a little bit about how we determined the state's most family friendly places for 2020.
First, we consulted the US Census on places in Delaware with more than 1,000 residents. We looked at several factors including crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We then entered it into our snackability formula and ended up with 27 family friendly Delaware places that any family would be lucky to call home. Are we at all surprised that some of Delaware's best places to raise a family are also Delaware's safest? Not at all. These two qualities usually go hand-in-hand. And in true Delaware fashion, the most family friendly places in this state are super safe, schools are top notch, unemployment is low, and there are a ton of safe activities for everyone.
And speaking of education, we know that Delaware is pretty tiny--it's one of the least populated states in the country, and surprisingly, this state has 33 Blue Ribbon schools: five of which have been recognized nationally. Not to mention, universities, like the University of Delaware in Newark offer competitive degrees in engineering, business, and medicine. And, folks, educating the future of Delaware is a good thing because The Small Wonder has a lot to offer.
More importantly, if you're looking for safe, family friendly cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, large green spaces, and just overall good family friendly fun, keep reading.
These are the best cities to raise a family in Delaware for 2020:
- New Castle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Bridgeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Lewes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Smyrna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Clayton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Delmar (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Harrington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Blades (Homes For Sale)
- Wyoming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
- Newport (Photos | Homes For Sale)
There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it's hard to argue against the numbers. We've had more than ten million people read our published articles and we've been featured in hundreds of media outlets for our best of the best rankings. So, yes, we know what we're talking about.
So, what is the best place to raise a family in Delaware? Well according to the US Census New Castle is the best of the best if you care about a good education, low crime, and a high quality of life. And we're pretty sure that you do.
To see how your favorite places in Delaware compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.
Check out some more reading about Delaware and the best places for families in the country:
- Best Places To Live In Delaware
- Cheapest Places To Live In Delaware
- Best Cities To Raise A Family In America
- Best States To Raise A Family In America
The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Delaware For 2020
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.
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.
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. You can download the data here.
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:
- Bethany Beach
- Rehoboth Beach
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