These Are The 10 Best Places To Retire In Delaware For 2019


We analyzed over 26 places in Delaware to identify the ones that offer the most to retirees.

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Editor’s Note: Data has been updated for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the best places to retire in Delaware.

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When most people think of calling it quits on a career, they immediately think of a move to Florida.

But not not everyone wants to spend their golden years in Florida; some of us want to stay close to friends and family and within the great state of Delaware.

Where exactly in Delaware is the best place to retire? Well, there’s only one place to go for the answer — data — which returns Bridgeville as the best place to hang up your cleats.

To that end, we have tried to identify the places in Delaware that are safe, affordable, and have plenty of things to keep you busy well into retirement.

What did we find after pouring through all the data? Let’s just say we hope folks in Bridgeville don’t mind us spreading the word.

Here are our top ten places in the First State to retire for 2019:

Why did Bridgeville take the top spot? And where are Wilmington and Dover?

Read on to see see all the golden parachute level details or check out the best places to retire in America.

For Delaware state reading:

How We Determined The Best Places To Retire In the First State for 2019

To create our list of the best places in Delaware to retire, we first used Census data to find all places in the First State — 77 cities and towns.

We then narrowed it down to places with at least 1,000 people that weren’t townships. This left us with 26 places from across the state.

For these 26, we looked at the following criteria taken from the Census, the FBI’s Crime Report, National Weather Service, and OpenFlights:

  • Low cost of living as measured by rent
  • Low crime
  • Things to do (Museums, Colleges, and Libraries in town)
  • Nice weather
  • Distance to the closest international airport
  • Other retirees (High median age)

We then ranked each of these places for each criteria from one to 26, with the lowest number being the best.

Finally, we took the average rank across these criteria. The place, in this case Bridgeville, with the lowest average rank was crowned the best of the best, a place for you to start your second careers.

Bridgeville, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,397
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 16)
Median Rent: $582
Distance to Closest Airport: 65 miles
More on Bridgeville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Lewes, DE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,955
Rank Last Year: 29 (Up 27)
Median Rent: $1,185
Distance to Closest Airport: 55 miles
More on Lewes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Review Of Lewes by HomeSnacks User

Lewes is a wonderful community that enjoys a terrific location and great citizenry that is highly engaged. Our residents have helped this community evolve. to what it is today.

As you may be aware Lewes was also recognized as the safest community in DE earlier this year.

Smyrna, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,081
Rank Last Year: 23 (Up 20)
Median Rent: $922
Distance to Closest Airport: 44 miles
More on Smyrna: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,372
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 18)
Median Rent: $1,153
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
More on New Castle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Milton, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,756
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 14)
Median Rent: $901
Distance to Closest Airport: 61 miles
More on Milton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,119
Rank Last Year: 26 (Up 20)
Median Rent: $1,008
Distance to Closest Airport: 57 miles
More on Rehoboth Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Greenwood, DE

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,280
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Median Rent: $957
Distance to Closest Airport: 21 miles
More on Greenwood: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Elsmere, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,137
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Median Rent: $958
Distance to Closest Airport: 20 miles
More on Elsmere: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

Wilmington, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 71,502
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Rent: $925
Distance to Closest Airport: 18 miles
More on Wilmington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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

Newport, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,075
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 8)
Median Rent: $931
Distance to Closest Airport: 22 miles
More on Newport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Maybe You’re Not Ready To Retire In Delaware Yet…

So there you have it, the best place to retire in Delaware goes to Bridgeville.

If you’re not ready to hang up your office apparel yet, then these places might be up your alley:

  1. Camden
  2. Blades
  3. Laurel

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Places To Retire In Delaware

Rank City Population Median Rent
1 Bridgeville 2,397 $582
2 Lewes 2,955 $1,185
3 Smyrna 11,081 $922
4 New Castle 5,372 $1,153
5 Milton 2,756 $901
6 Rehoboth Beach 1,119 $1,008
7 Greenwood 1,280 $957
8 Elsmere 6,137 $958
9 Wilmington 71,502 $925
10 Newport 1,075 $931
11 Milford 10,532 $833
12 Millsboro 4,121 $797
13 Seaford 7,417 $791
14 Cheswold 1,123 $1,406
15 Delmar 1,792 $715
16 Ocean View 2,087 $1,165
17 Harrington 3,688 $876
18 Selbyville 2,268 $1,035
19 Wyoming 1,575 $997
20 Dover 37,351 $982
21 Clayton 3,080 $1,366
22 Felton 1,566 $1,119
23 Newark 32,941 $1,177
24 Laurel 3,984 $753
25 Blades 1,302 $1,005
26 Camden 3,494 $1,547

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