These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Delaware For 2018


We used science and data to determine which cities in Delaware that will put a big dent in your wallet.

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Everyone wants a home that mixes affordability with comfort and Delaware does this very well. Families love the First State’s beaches, midlands, and mountains as tourists before moving here and calling it home.

But before you decide to relocate, you have to do some research into the exact cost of living around the state — and that’s how we’re going to help you.

These are the places in Delaware that cost a pretty penny — the most expensive cities in the state.

After we saved up for months and could finally afford it, we landed on this list of the ten most expensive cities in Delaware for 2018:

  1. Rehoboth Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Lewes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Ocean View (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Townsend (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Newark (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Selbyville (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Milton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. Millsboro (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Clayton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Bridgeville (Photos | Homes For Sale)

So hopefully Cheswold (the cheapest place to live in Delaware) can show these guys how to live on a budget in the coming years. Read on for how these places had costs rise faster than inflation.

And if you already knew these places were expensive, check out the best places to live in Delaware or the cheapest.

1. Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Population: 1,105
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 376
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Rehoboth Beach: Homes For Sale | Data

2. Lewes

Lewes, Delaware

Population: 2,803
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 229
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Lewes: Homes For Sale | Data

3. Ocean View

Ocean View, Delaware

Public domain

Population: 1,968
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 180
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Ocean View: Homes For Sale | Data

4. Townsend

Townsend, Delaware

Population: 1,871
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 146
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Townsend: Homes For Sale | Data

5. Newark

Newark, Delaware

Population: 31,655
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 103
Housing: 143
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 114
More on Newark: Homes For Sale | Data
Newark is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. It is located 12 miles west-southwest of Wilmington. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 31,454. Newark is home to the University of Delaware, which is often regarded as a top ten ranked University in the United States.

6. Selbyville

Selbyville, Delaware

Population: 2,960
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 135
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Selbyville: Homes For Sale | Data

7. Milton

Milton, Delaware

Population: 2,578
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 129
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Milton: Homes For Sale | Data

8. Millsboro

Millsboro, Delaware

Public domain

Population: 3,855
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 125
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Millsboro: Homes For Sale | Data

9. Clayton

Clayton, Delaware

Population: 2,884
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 123
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Clayton: Homes For Sale | Data

10. Bridgeville

Bridgeville, Delaware

Population: 2,337
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 119
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114
More on Bridgeville: Homes For Sale | Data

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

Cheapest And Most Expensive Places To Live In Delaware Map
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 most 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.

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

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

Well there you have it, the places in Delaware that have the highest cost of living, with Rehoboth Beach ranking as the most expensive city in the First State.

If you’re curious, here are the least expensive cities in Delaware:

  1. Cheswold
  2. Harrington
  3. Delmar

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Delaware

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

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