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 the best places to live in Delaware or the most expensive.

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

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.

1. Cheswold


Population: 1,480
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 68
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Cheswold: Homes For Sale | 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.

2. Harrington

Harrington, Delaware

Population: 3,582
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 78
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Harrington: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Delmar

Delmar, Delaware

Population: 1,588
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 80
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Delmar: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Blades


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

5. Laurel

Laurel, Delaware

Population: 3,761
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 85
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Laurel: Homes For Sale | Data

6. Seaford

Seaford, Delaware

Population: 7,018
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 89
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Seaford: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

7. Felton

Felton, Delaware

Population: 1,420
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 96
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Felton: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Elsmere

Elsmere, Delaware

Population: 6,131
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 103
Housing: 97
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 114
More on Elsmere: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

9. Wilmington

Wilmington, Delaware

Population: 71,119
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 103
Housing: 99
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 114
More on Wilmington: Homes For Sale | Data
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.

10. Milford

Milford, Delaware

Population: 9,513
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 99
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Milford: Homes For Sale | Data
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. 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.

Detailed List Of The Cheapest Places In Delaware

City Rank Population Services Groceries Health Care
Cheswold 1 1,480 107 107 102
Harrington 2 3,582 107 107 102
Delmar 3 1,588 107 107 102
Blades 4 1,430 107 107 102
Laurel 5 3,761 107 107 102
Seaford 6 7,018 107 107 102
Felton 7 1,420 107 107 102
Elsmere 8 6,131 108 103 103
Wilmington 9 71,119 108 103 103
Milford 10 9,513 107 107 102
Newport 11 1,076 108 103 103
Dover 12 36,259 107 107 102
Delaware City 13 1,784 108 103 103
Smyrna 14 10,065 107 107 102
Bellefonte 15 1,360 108 103 103
Camden 16 3,418 107 107 102
Wyoming 17 1,469 107 107 102
New Castle 18 5,309 108 103 103
Bridgeville 19 2,337 107 107 102
Clayton 20 2,884 107 107 102
Millsboro 21 3,855 107 107 102
Milton 22 2,578 107 107 102
Selbyville 23 2,960 107 107 102
Newark 24 31,655 108 103 103
Townsend 25 1,871 107 107 102
Ocean View 26 1,968 107 107 102
Lewes 27 2,803 107 107 102
Rehoboth Beach 28 1,105 107 107 102

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