These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities In Delaware


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:

  1. Lewes
  2. Townsend
  3. Newark (Photos)
  4. Selbyville
  5. Milton
  6. Millsboro
  7. Clayton
  8. Bridgeville
  9. New Castle (Photos)
  10. Camden

If you’re wondering, Harrington is the most affordable city in Delaware.

Read on to see why these places cost so much more than average. Or check out the most affordable places in Delaware.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive Cities 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 most expensive.

For reference, the United State averages a cost of living 100. A score below 100 means that the city has a below average cost of living while a score over 100 has a high cost of living for that category.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 18 places in Delaware that have more than 2,000 people.

The city with the highest cost of living index, Lewes, rank as being the most expensive.

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1. Lewes

Lewes, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,840
Services Index: 107
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 229
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 114

2. Townsend

Townsend, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,556
Services Index: 107
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 146
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 114

3. Newark

Newark, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,278
Services Index: 108
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 143
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 114

4. Selbyville

Selbyville, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,535
Services Index: 107
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 135
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 114

5. Milton

Milton, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,656
Services Index: 107
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 129
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 114

6. Millsboro

Millsboro, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,987
Services Index: 107
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 125
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 114

7. Clayton

Clayton, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,989
Services Index: 107
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 123
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 114

8. Bridgeville

Bridgeville, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,359
Services Index: 107
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 119
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 114

9. New Castle

New Castle, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,346
Services Index: 108
Groceries Index: 103
Housing Index: 117
Healthcare Index: 103
Transportation Index: 96
Utilities Index: 114

10. Camden

Camden, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,504
Services Index: 107
Groceries Index: 107
Housing Index: 114
Healthcare Index: 102
Transportation Index: 101
Utilities Index: 114

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck

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

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

  1. Harrington
  2. Laurel
  3. Seaford

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Delaware

City Rank Population Services Groceries Healthcare Housing Transportation Utilities
Lewes 1 2,840 107 107 102 229 101 114
Townsend 2 2,556 107 107 102 146 101 114
Newark 3 32,278 108 103 103 143 96 114
Selbyville 4 2,535 107 107 102 135 101 114
Milton 5 2,656 107 107 102 129 101 114
Millsboro 6 3,987 107 107 102 125 101 114
Clayton 7 2,989 107 107 102 123 101 114
Bridgeville 8 2,359 107 107 102 119 101 114
New Castle 9 5,346 108 103 103 117 96 114
Camden 10 3,504 107 107 102 114 101 114
Smyrna 11 10,681 107 107 102 108 101 114
Dover 12 36,826 107 107 102 105 101 114
Milford 13 9,882 107 107 102 99 101 114
Wilmington 14 71,263 108 103 103 99 96 114
Elsmere 15 6,149 108 103 103 97 96 114
Seaford 16 7,163 107 107 102 89 101 114
Laurel 17 3,842 107 107 102 85 101 114
Harrington 18 3,643 107 107 102 78 101 114

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