These Are The 10 Most Affordable Places In Delaware


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 18 largest places in Delaware, we were left with this set of the best value for your money:

  1. Seaford
  2. Elsmere
  3. Wilmington
  4. Milford
  5. Dover
  6. Smyrna
  7. Wilmington Manor
  8. Edgemoor
  9. Brookside
  10. Claymont

So listen up Hockessin as we explain how we created this ranking, you could learn some things from the rest of the state.

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How We Determined The Most Affordable Places To Live In The First State

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 18 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.

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1. Seaford

Seaford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,018
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Healthcare: 102
Housing: 89
Transportation: 101
Utiltiies: 114

2. Elsmere

Elsmere, Delaware

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,131
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 103
Housing: 97
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 114

3. Wilmington

Wilmington, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,119
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 103
Housing: 99
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 114

4. Milford

Milford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,513
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Healthcare: 102
Housing: 99
Transportation: 101
Utiltiies: 114

5. Dover

Dover, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,259
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Healthcare: 102
Housing: 105
Transportation: 101
Utiltiies: 114

6. Smyrna

Smyrna, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,065
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Healthcare: 102
Housing: 108
Transportation: 101
Utiltiies: 114

7. Wilmington Manor


Population: 8,562
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 103
Housing: 109
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 114

8. Edgemoor


Population: 5,889
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 103
Housing: 110
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 114

9. Brookside


Population: 14,321
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 103
Housing: 111
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 114

10. Claymont

Claymont, Delaware

Source: Google Maps

Population: 8,043
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Healthcare: 103
Housing: 111
Transportation: 96
Utiltiies: 114

Detailed List Of Affordable Places In Delaware

City Rank Population Services Grociers Healthcare
Seaford 1 7,018 107 107 102
Elsmere 2 6,131 108 103 103
Wilmington 3 71,119 108 103 103
Milford 4 9,513 107 107 102
Dover 5 36,259 107 107 102
Smyrna 6 10,065 107 107 102
Wilmington Manor 7 8,562 108 103 103
Edgemoor 8 5,889 108 103 103
Brookside 9 14,321 108 103 103
Claymont 10 8,043 108 103 103
New Castle 11 5,309 108 103 103
Bear 12 19,751 108 103 103
Pike Creek Valley 13 11,268 108 103 103
Newark 14 31,655 108 103 103
Glasgow 15 14,780 108 103 103
Pike Creek 16 7,642 108 103 103
North Star 17 7,845 108 103 103
Hockessin 18 13,287 108 103 103

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