Best Cities For Singles In Delaware For 2020

We used science and data to determine which cities in Delaware have the best set up for singles: no kids, no old people, and a lot to do.

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best cities for singles in Delaware.

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Are you trying to find love in Delaware?

Or are you just looking to hook up?

Either way, we've got you covered here. At least, we'll point you in the right direction - which is why you came here in the first place, right?

According to the Pew Research Center, the number of Americans who have remained single (not married) is growing. That means, people are dating a lot longer than they used to.

There are many reasons for that, including financial and cultural. And, we suspect smartphones and social media has a lot to do with it, too. After all, we're all a lot more distracted these days.

If you live in Delaware, there's a pretty good chance there are a lot of singles in your area. The First State ranks in the top 10 when it comes to number of people over the age of 18 who aren't married, or in a serious relationship. That's great news for people looking for their match.

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

These are the best cities for singles in Delaware for 2020:

  1. Newark (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Dover (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Wilmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Blades (Homes For Sale)
  5. Elsmere (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Bellefonte (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Smyrna (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. New Castle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Ocean View (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Bridgeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So, what was the best city for singles in Delaware? Newark ranks as the best place for singles in Delaware if you care about things singles care about like night life, affordable housing, and other singles.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how each city ranked. If you live in or really close to one of these cities, and you're single, you should probably get out more often. And stop staring at your phone. Just sayin'.

The most boring place in delaware? That would be Cheswold.

And after you find a mate, you'll no doubt want to start a family and buy a home right? Don't forget to check out the best places to live in delaware or the safest places to live in delaware.

For more Delaware reading, check out:

The 10 Best Cities For Singles In Delaware For 2020

Newark, DE

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Population: 33,352
Median Age: 24.5
Married households: 5.0%
Households with kids: 15.4%
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.

Dover, DE

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Population: 37,331
Median Age: 29.8
Married households: 9.0%
Households with kids: 29.3%
More on Dover: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Dover is the capital and second-largest city in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is also the county seat of Kent County, and the principal city of the Dover, DE Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Kent County and is part of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD Combined Statistical Area. It is located on the St. Jones River in the Delaware River coastal plain. It was named by William Penn of Dover in Kent, England. As of 2010, the city had a population of 36,047.

Wilmington, DE

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Population: 70,904
Median Age: 35.8
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 26.4%
More on Wilmington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Wilmington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Delaware. The city was built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn after his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.

Review Of Wilmington by HomeSnacks User

I love Wilmington because it is small and everyone knows eachother!

Charcoal Pit, University of Delaware, Pea Patch Island, The Farmhouse in Newark

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Population: 1,366
Median Age: 33.7
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 43.8%
More on Blades: Homes For Sale | Data

Elsmere, DE

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Population: 6,049
Median Age: 34.7
Married households: 14.0%
Households with kids: 30.1%
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.

Bellefonte, DE

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Population: 1,140
Median Age: 42.2
Married households: 21.0%
Households with kids: 29.2%
More on Bellefonte: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Smyrna, DE

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Population: 11,333
Median Age: 36.9
Married households: 14.0%
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.

New Castle, DE

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Population: 5,359
Median Age: 49.5
Married households: 18.0%
Households with kids: 14.0%
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.

Ocean View, DE

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Population: 2,198
Median Age: 60.6
Married households: 6.0%
Households with kids: 12.0%
More on Ocean View: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bridgeville, DE

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Population: 2,696
Median Age: 56.9
Married households: 10.0%
Households with kids: 20.4%
More on Bridgeville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

How do you determine which city is best for singles in delaware anyways?

To give you the places in delaware which are best for singles to find one another, 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 single people like.

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

How we crunched the 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 the 2014-2018 American Community Survey Census data produced for the state of delaware, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Population density
  • % of population that's male vs. female (closer to a 50-50 ratio is better)
  • % of households with kids
  • Median age
  • Number of unmarried people in each city

We then gave each city a Singles Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for singles to find one another. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 1,000 people. For delaware, that meant a total of 30 cities. You can download the data here.

Read on to see why Newark is the talk of the town while Cheswold is probably a bit on the boring side.

There You Have It - The Best Cities for Singles in delaware for 2020

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 finding a single person (and potentially love), this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the most boring cities in delaware according to the data:

  1. Cheswold
  2. Camden
  3. Harrington

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Cities For Singles In Delaware

Rank City Population Median Age
1 Newark, DE 33,352 24.5
2 Dover, DE 37,331 29.8
3 Wilmington, DE 70,904 35.8
4 Blades, DE 1,366 33.7
5 Elsmere, DE 6,049 34.7
6 Bellefonte, DE 1,140 42.2
7 Smyrna, DE 11,333 36.9
8 New Castle, DE 5,359 49.5
9 Ocean View, DE 2,198 60.6
10 Bridgeville, DE 2,696 56.9
11 Millville, DE 1,877 48.9
12 Rehoboth Beach, DE 1,281 65.3
13 Selbyville, DE 2,252 44.4
14 Milton, DE 2,840 44.2
15 Lewes, DE 3,118 65.8
16 Milford, DE 10,835 37.2
17 Newport, DE 1,335 31.5
18 Seaford, DE 7,572 39.5
19 Townsend, DE 2,332 31.3
20 Millsboro, DE 4,238 38.2
21 Bethany Beach, DE 1,006 66.2
22 Felton, DE 1,478 37.4
23 Clayton, DE 3,237 34.1
24 Greenwood, DE 1,017 32.8
25 Wyoming, DE 1,437 34.6
26 Laurel, DE 4,211 21.9
27 Delmar, DE 1,790 35.6
28 Harrington, DE 3,667 28.2
29 Camden, DE 3,469 42.2
30 Cheswold, DE 1,313 39.5

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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