These Are The 20 Best Small Towns In Delaware For 2018


We used science and data to determine which small towns in Delaware are the best of the best..

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You’ve seen these lists before: Best places to live in Delaware, Most Beautiful Downtowns, etc., etc. But all of them focus on major cities and towns in the First State and no one pays attention to the little guy.

Well, that’s all about to change as we put together a list of the best small towns in Delaware based on numbers–not opinions or hearsay.

We’ll dive right into our methodology in the next section; but first, we thought you might just want to know which places in Delaware ranked the based–you know, based on science.

Before we get to the top 20, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Delaware for 2018:

  1. Greenville (Homes For Sale)
  2. Highland Acres (Homes For Sale)
  3. Rehoboth Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Lewes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Townsend (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Bellefonte (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Riverview (Homes For Sale)
  8. Ocean View (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Camden (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Wyoming (Photos | Homes For Sale)

If you live in one of these small towns like Greenville, chances are, you’re not surprised. After all, you know how great you have it.

But for the rest of you–keep reading and we’ll get to just why these small towns made our list.

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How We Determined The Coolest Towns In Delaware

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using the most recent data from the Census’s 2012-2016 American Community Survey and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (Higher is better)
  • Lowest Unemployment Rates
  • Housing costs (Higher is better. More demand.)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Higher is better)
  • Highly Educated Adults (Higher is better)
  • Insurance Rates (Higher is better)
  • Commute Times (Lower is better)

We looked at places with populations lower than 5,000 people and greater than 1,000, of which, there were a lot – 31 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 31, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Delaware. Top of that list — Greenville.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 20 best small towns in Delaware.

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1. Greenville


Population: 2,265
Median Income: $102,763 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $678,100 (2nd Best)
More on Greenville: Data| Homes For Sale

2. Highland Acres


Population: 3,792
Median Income: $76,864 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $238,900 (12th Best)
More on Highland Acres: Data| Homes For Sale

3. Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Population: 1,119
Median Income: $82,941 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $842,800 (1st Best)
More on Rehoboth Beach: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

4. Lewes

Lewes, DE

Population: 2,955
Median Income: $66,583 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $475,000 (3rd Best)
More on Lewes: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

5. Townsend

Townsend, DE

Population: 2,320
Median Income: $105,000 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $312,500 (5th Best)
More on Townsend: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

6. Bellefonte

Bellefonte, DE

Population: 1,253
Median Income: $75,500 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $217,300 (14th Best)
More on Bellefonte: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

7. Riverview


Population: 2,993
Median Income: $91,510 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $248,200 (10th Best)
More on Riverview: Data| Homes For Sale

8. Ocean View

Ocean View, DE

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,087
Median Income: $72,070 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $342,000 (4th Best)
More on Ocean View: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

9. Camden

Camden, DE

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,494
Median Income: $61,480 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $202,200 (15th Best)
More on Camden: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

10. Wyoming

Wyoming, DE

Population: 1,575
Median Income: $61,406 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $167,400 (22nd Best)
More on Wyoming: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

11. Millville


Population: 1,611
Median Income: $63,214 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $281,900 (6th Best)
More on Millville: Data| Homes For Sale

12. St. Georges


Population: 1,097
Median Income: $92,031 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $259,700 (8th Best)
More on St. Georges: Data| Homes For Sale

13. Kent Acres


Population: 2,348
Median Income: $59,483 (14th Best)
Median Home Value: $190,700 (18th Best)
More on Kent Acres: Data| Homes For Sale

14. Milton

Milton, DE

Population: 2,756
Median Income: $48,194 (20th Best)
Median Home Value: $247,300 (11th Best)
More on Milton: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

15. Selbyville

Selbyville, DE

Population: 2,268
Median Income: $45,132 (22nd Best)
Median Home Value: $260,500 (7th Best)
More on Selbyville: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

16. Rodney Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 1,474
Median Income: $40,371 (25th Best)
Median Home Value: $138,800 (26th Best)
More on Rodney Village: Data| Homes For Sale

17. Clayton

Clayton, DE

Population: 3,080
Median Income: $62,422 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $192,100 (17th Best)
More on Clayton: PhotosData| Homes For Sale

18. Rising Sun-Lebanon


Population: 3,744
Median Income: $52,072 (16th Best)
Median Home Value: $253,200 (9th Best)
More on Rising Sun-Lebanon: Data| Homes For Sale

19. Delaware City

Source: Public Domain

Population: 1,872
Median Income: $58,150 (15th Best)
Median Home Value: $183,500 (21st Best)
More on Delaware City: Data| Homes For Sale

20. Long Neck

Long Neck, DE

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,656
Median Income: $46,602 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $73,000 (30th Best)
More on Long Neck: Data| Homes For Sale

Science Can Tackle Any Issue, Even Small Ones

We said it once and we’ll say it again — this list: it’s just science. We did the research, we crunched the numbers, and it turns out, these 20 small towns in Delaware are the best, in which to live.

And who can argue with that?

If you’re curious, here are the worst small towns in Delaware:

  1. Laurel
  2. Delmar
  3. Woodside East

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Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Delaware

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Greenville 2,265 $102,763 $678,100
2 Highland Acres 3,792 $76,864 $238,900
3 Rehoboth Beach 1,119 $82,941 $842,800
4 Lewes 2,955 $66,583 $475,000
5 Townsend 2,320 $105,000 $312,500
6 Bellefonte 1,253 $75,500 $217,300
7 Riverview 2,993 $91,510 $248,200
8 Ocean View 2,087 $72,070 $342,000
9 Camden 3,494 $61,480 $202,200
10 Wyoming 1,575 $61,406 $167,400
11 Millville 1,611 $63,214 $281,900
12 St. Georges 1,097 $92,031 $259,700
13 Kent Acres 2,348 $59,483 $190,700
14 Milton 2,756 $48,194 $247,300
15 Selbyville 2,268 $45,132 $260,500
16 Rodney Village 1,474 $40,371 $138,800
17 Clayton 3,080 $62,422 $192,100
18 Rising Sun-Lebanon 3,744 $52,072 $253,200
19 Delaware City 1,872 $58,150 $183,500
20 Long Neck 2,656 $46,602 $73,000
21 Bridgeville 2,397 $51,250 $234,600
22 Felton 1,566 $51,369 $192,500
23 Millsboro 4,121 $40,260 $185,500
24 Greenwood 1,280 $44,013 $154,800
25 Harrington 3,688 $39,761 $166,000
26 Blades 1,302 $40,800 $131,500
27 Cheswold 1,123 $50,294 $85,000
28 Newport 1,075 $36,809 $185,700
29 Woodside East 2,452 $27,365 $73,000
30 Delmar 1,792 $31,250 $130,600
31 Laurel 3,984 $36,335 $142,700

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