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:
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:
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- 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Delaware
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Delaware
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.
- 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.
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 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.
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 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.
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:
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