These Are The 10 Cheapest Places To Live In Delaware For 2018


We used data and science to determine which places in Delaware go easy on your wallet.

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A wise sage once said:

“She works hard for the money…”

And these places in Delaware definitely treat her right.

You see, these are the places in Delaware where the cost of living is the lowest; where your salary goes the furthest. And when if you have the luxury of choosing where to live in the First State, then the cost of living should play a role in the decision.

So we did the hard for you and crunched the numbers to find the cities that have lower food, energy, and housing costs. After the dust settled on our analysis of the 28 largest places in Delaware, we were left with this set of the best value for your money.

Here are the 10 cheapest places to live in Delaware for 2018:

  1. Cheswold (Homes For Sale)
  2. Harrington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Delmar (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Blades (Homes For Sale)
  5. Laurel (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Seaford (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Felton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Elsmere (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Wilmington (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Milford (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So listen up Rehoboth Beach (the most expensive place in Delaware) as we explain how we created this ranking. You could learn some things from the rest of the state.

And if you already knew these places were cheap, check out some more reading about Delaware and the cheapest places in the country:

How We Determined The Cheapest Places To Live In The First State For 2018

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Delaware
There are basic necessities that you have to buy no matter where in the country you live. Those things include:

  • Housing
  • Food
  • Gas
  • Health Insurance
  • Utilities
  • Transportation

You can then compare the cost of these things in each of the places in Delaware to figure out which is the least expensive.

What you are left with is a “Cost of Living Index” that normalizes to 100 for an average place in the United States.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 28 places in Delaware that have more than 5,000 people.

And just so you can better understand how the cost of living index works, 100 is the average cost of a place in the United States. A score of 90 means that the place cost 10% less than average. A score of 90 means it’s 10% less expensive.

San Francisco has a score of 243 meaning it’s almost 2.5 times as expensive as the average place in the country.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,480
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 68
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Cheswold: Real Estate | Data

The Old Town area of Cheswold is located at the intersection of Main Street and Commerce Street west of the Delmarva Central Railroad tracks and serves as the oldest settled part of the town. Cheswold is made up of several residential communities, including Parkers Run, Strimmels Mobile Home Park, Fox Pointe Mobile Home Park, Blanton Mobile Home Park, Stonington, and Nobles Pond.

Cheswold has a post office for P.O. boxes with a ZIP code of 19936. However, the delivery of mail in Cheswold is handled by the Dover post office with a ZIP code of 19904. The Cheswold name may be used for mail delivered to addresses in town with the 19904 ZIP code.

Harrington, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,582
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 78
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Harrington: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Delmar, DE

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,588
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 80
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Delmar: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,430
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 81
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Blades: Real Estate | Data

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Laurel, DE

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 3,761
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 85
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Laurel: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Seaford, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,018
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 89
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Seaford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Seaford is a city located along the Nanticoke River in Sussex County, Delaware. According to the 2010 Census Bureau figures, the population of the city is 6,928, an increase of 3.4% from the 2000 census. It is part of the Salisbury, Maryland-Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Felton, DE

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,420
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 96
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Felton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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Elsmere, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,131
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 103
Housing: 97
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 114
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: 71,119
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 103
Housing: 99
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 114
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.

Milford, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 9,513
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 99
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Milford: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milford is a city in Kent and Sussex counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city is 9,559.

There You Have It Mr. Or Mrs. Delaware Cheapskate

If you’re looking at the cost of living numbers in Delaware, this is an accurate list of the cheapest places to call home.

Here’s a look at the most expensive cities in Delaware according to the data:

  1. Rehoboth Beach
  2. Lewes
  3. Ocean View

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Delaware

Rank City CheapScore Population Services Groceries Health Care
1 Cheswold 12.25 1,480 107 107 102
2 Harrington 12.42 3,582 107 107 102
3 Delmar 12.58 1,588 107 107 102
4 Blades 12.75 1,430 107 107 102
5 Laurel 12.92 3,761 107 107 102
6 Seaford 13.08 7,018 107 107 102
7 Felton 13.25 1,420 107 107 102
8 Elsmere 13.42 6,131 108 103 103
9 Wilmington 13.67 71,119 108 103 103
10 Milford 13.67 9,513 107 107 102
11 Newport 13.92 1,076 108 103 103
12 Dover 14.08 36,259 107 107 102
13 Delaware City 14.33 1,784 108 103 103
14 Smyrna 14.33 10,065 107 107 102
15 Bellefonte 14.58 1,360 108 103 103
16 Camden 14.75 3,418 107 107 102
17 Wyoming 14.92 1,469 107 107 102
18 New Castle 15.08 5,309 108 103 103
19 Bridgeville 15.25 2,337 107 107 102
20 Clayton 15.42 2,884 107 107 102
21 Millsboro 15.58 3,855 107 107 102
22 Milton 15.75 2,578 107 107 102
23 Selbyville 15.92 2,960 107 107 102
24 Newark 16.08 31,655 108 103 103
25 Townsend 16.25 1,871 107 107 102
26 Ocean View 16.42 1,968 107 107 102
27 Lewes 16.58 2,803 107 107 102
28 Rehoboth Beach 16.75 1,105 107 107 102

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