Best Small Towns In Delaware For 2020


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

This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. This is our sixth time ranking the best small places to live in Delaware.

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 15, here’s a look at the 10 Best Small Towns To Live in Delaware for 2020.

What’s the best small town in Delaware? Greenville is the best small town in Delaware based on the most recent Census data. 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.

For more reading on the First State check out:

The 15 Best Small Towns In Delaware For 2020

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 2,333
Median Income: $108,393 (2nd Best)
Median Home Value: $682,000 (2nd Best)
More on Greenville: Data | Homes For Sale

Lewes, DE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,118
Median Income: $86,417 (5th Best)
Median Home Value: $540,200 (3rd Best)
More on Lewes: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Bethany Beach, DE

Source: Wikipedia User |
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,006
Median Income: $79,904 (7th Best)
Median Home Value: $509,400 (4th Best)
More on Bethany Beach: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,281
Median Income: $97,750 (3rd Best)
Median Home Value: $926,200 (1st Best)
More on Rehoboth Beach: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 3,645
Median Income: $83,088 (6th Best)
Median Home Value: $243,500 (13th Best)
More on Highland Acres: Data | Homes For Sale

Bellefonte, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,140
Median Income: $77,917 (8th Best)
Median Home Value: $223,500 (14th Best)
More on Bellefonte: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Camden, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,469
Median Income: $67,734 (13th Best)
Median Home Value: $211,800 (16th Best)
More on Camden: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Townsend, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,332
Median Income: $117,964 (1st Best)
Median Home Value: $324,700 (6th Best)
More on Townsend: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Milton, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,840
Median Income: $59,929 (17th Best)
Median Home Value: $277,800 (8th Best)
More on Milton: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Wyoming, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,437
Median Income: $69,118 (12th Best)
Median Home Value: $177,500 (22nd Best)
More on Wyoming: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,684
Median Income: $88,819 (4th Best)
Median Home Value: $261,300 (12th Best)
More on Riverview: Data | Homes For Sale

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,877
Median Income: $69,500 (11th Best)
Median Home Value: $318,200 (7th Best)
More on Millville: Data | Homes For Sale

Ocean View, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,198
Median Income: $76,734 (9th Best)
Median Home Value: $336,100 (5th Best)
More on Ocean View: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Clayton, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,237
Median Income: $71,250 (10th Best)
Median Home Value: $220,400 (15th Best)
More on Clayton: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

Bridgeville, DE

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,696
Median Income: $49,304 (21st Best)
Median Home Value: $268,600 (10th Best)
More on Bridgeville: PhotosData | Homes For Sale

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 2014-2018 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 – 30 to be exact.

We then ranked each place in each category with scores from 1 to 30, averaged them out, and the lowest scores went to our Best Small Towns in Delaware. Top of that list — Greenville. You can download the data here.

Keep reading to find out more about our top 15 best small towns in Delaware.

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 15 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. Cheswold
  3. Delmar

For more delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Best Small Towns In Delaware

Rank City Population Median Income Median Home Value
1 Greenville, DE 2,333 $108,393.0 $682,000.0
2 Lewes, DE 3,118 $86,417.0 $540,200.0
3 Bethany Beach, DE 1,006 $79,904.0 $509,400.0
4 Rehoboth Beach, DE 1,281 $97,750.0 $926,200.0
5 Highland Acres, DE 3,645 $83,088.0 $243,500.0
6 Bellefonte, DE 1,140 $77,917.0 $223,500.0
7 Camden, DE 3,469 $67,734.0 $211,800.0
8 Townsend, DE 2,332 $117,964.0 $324,700.0
9 Milton, DE 2,840 $59,929.0 $277,800.0
10 Wyoming, DE 1,437 $69,118.0 $177,500.0
11 Riverview, DE 2,684 $88,819.0 $261,300.0
12 Millville, DE 1,877 $69,500.0 $318,200.0
13 Ocean View, DE 2,198 $76,734.0 $336,100.0
14 Clayton, DE 3,237 $71,250.0 $220,400.0
15 Bridgeville, DE 2,696 $49,304.0 $268,600.0
16 Selbyville, DE 2,252 $57,903.0 $267,800.0
17 Kent Acres, DE 2,429 $51,250.0 $210,900.0
18 Felton, DE 1,478 $63,945.0 $183,100.0
19 Long Neck, DE 2,556 $60,313.0 $73,800.0
20 Rising Sun-Lebanon, DE 4,263 $63,306.0 $276,500.0
21 Harrington, DE 3,667 $39,675.0 $158,300.0
22 Millsboro, DE 4,238 $47,438.0 $206,200.0
23 Delaware City, DE 1,719 $56,833.0 $184,100.0
24 Rodney Village, DE 1,370 $37,019.0 $136,100.0
25 Newport, DE 1,335 $40,833.0 $192,600.0
26 Greenwood, DE 1,017 $45,625.0 $150,800.0
27 Blades, DE 1,366 $44,602.0 $150,800.0
28 Delmar, DE 1,790 $40,529.0 $147,600.0
29 Cheswold, DE 1,313 $48,103.0 $83,100.0
30 Laurel, DE 4,211 $33,362.0 $145,500.0

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.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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