These Are The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Delaware For 2019


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

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fourth time ranking the most expensive places to live in Delaware.

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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 2019.

So where is the most expensive place to live in Delaware? That would be Newark.

So hopefully Wyoming (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 some more reading about Delaware and the most expensive cities in the country:

The 10 Most Expensive Places To Live In Delaware For 2019

Newark, DE

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Population: 33,243
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.0x (5th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 45.2x (6th most expensive)
More on Newark: Real Estate | Data | Photos

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.

The median income in Newark comes in at $54,590 and the median home value is $274,100 for 2019.

Selbyville, DE

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6
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Population: 2,245
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 5.3x (4th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 50.0x (13th most expensive)
More on Selbyville: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Selbyville comes in at $49,107 and the median home value is $258,800 for 2019.

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5
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Population: 1,709
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.3x (11th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 49.5x (11th most expensive)
More on Millville: Real Estate | Data

The median income in Millville comes in at $68,000 and the median home value is $291,900 for 2019.

Rehoboth Beach, DE

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8.5
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Population: 1,218
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 10.3x (1st most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 69.6x (26th most expensive)
More on Rehoboth Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Rehoboth Beach comes in at $85,729 and the median home value is $878,900 for 2019.

Newport, DE

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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Population: 1,295
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 4)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.7x (8th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 40.8x (2nd most expensive)
More on Newport: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Newport comes in at $39,524 and the median home value is $186,200 for 2019.

Lewes, DE

Overall SnackAbility

9
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Population: 2,961
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 7.1x (2nd most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 82.2x (30th most expensive)
More on Lewes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Lewes comes in at $72,474 and the median home value is $512,100 for 2019.

Ocean View, DE

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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Population: 2,150
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.6x (9th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 61.7x (24th most expensive)
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The median income in Ocean View comes in at $73,397 and the median home value is $337,600 for 2019.

Millsboro, DE

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5
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Population: 4,181
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.8x (7th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 52.9x (18th most expensive)
More on Millsboro: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The median income in Millsboro comes in at $43,750 and the median home value is $208,000 for 2019.

Camden, DE

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Overall SnackAbility

7
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Population: 3,486
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 3.2x (26th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 40.2x (1st most expensive)
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The median income in Camden comes in at $61,683 and the median home value is $199,400 for 2019.

Wilmington, DE

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7
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Population: 71,276
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 1)
Home Price To Income Ratio: 4.1x (16th most expensive)
Income To Rent Ratio: 42.0x (3rd most expensive)
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.

The median income in Wilmington comes in at $40,221 and the median home value is $165,300 for 2019.

How We Determined The Most Expensive Places To Live In The First State For 2019

Map Of The Cheapest Places To Live In Delaware
The two most important things to think about when it comes to being able to afford if you can live comes down to:

  1. How much do money do I make?
  2. How much do I have spend to live there?

You need to understand your costs in the context of how much money you make.

For example, if the median household earns $100,000 and spends $40,000 on housing it’s actually cheaper to live there than a place with a median income of $50,000 and housing costs of $21,000. You might spend more on housing, but you have more money overall to play with.

With that example in mind, we derived several statistics from the latest Census American Community Survey 2013-2017 around incomes and costs. They are:

  • Median Home Price / Median Income (lower is better)
  • Median Income / Median Rent (Higher is better)
  • Median Home Price

We added simply median home price because high home prices generally correlate with higher expenses for all costs related to homes (heating, electricity, etc).

You can then compare these metrics 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” by taking the average rank of each of these metrics for each city.

So we used that cost of living index in order to rank all of the 32 places in Delaware that have more than 1,000 people.

The place with the highest cost of living in Delaware according to the data is Newark.

Taking A Chunk Out Of Your Paycheck In Delaware For 2019

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

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

  1. Wyoming
  2. Greenwood
  3. Bellefonte

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Delaware

Rank City ExpensiveScore Population Home/Income Ratio Income/Rent Ratio
1 Newark 6.33 33,243 5.0x 45.2x
2 Selbyville 9.0 2,245 5.3x 50.0x
3 Millville 9.33 1,709 4.3x 49.5x
4 Rehoboth Beach 9.33 1,218 10.3x 69.6x
5 Newport 10.0 1,295 4.7x 40.8x
6 Lewes 11.33 2,961 7.1x 82.2x
7 Ocean View 12.33 2,150 4.6x 61.7x
8 Millsboro 12.67 4,181 4.8x 52.9x
9 Camden 14.33 3,486 3.2x 40.2x
10 Wilmington 15.33 71,276 4.1x 42.0x
11 Bridgeville 15.67 2,480 5.0x 84.9x
12 Milton 16.0 2,792 4.6x 74.1x
13 Harrington 16.33 3,664 4.2x 47.2x
14 Elsmere 16.33 6,097 3.7x 45.3x
15 Georg 16.33 7,002 4.3x 59.6x
16 Laurel 17.33 4,147 4.2x 46.5x
17 New Castle 18.0 5,364 3.3x 50.4x
18 Felton 18.33 1,405 3.7x 54.1x
19 Delaware City 18.67 1,991 3.5x 52.5x
20 Delmar 19.0 1,704 4.1x 47.8x
21 Dover 19.0 37,109 3.5x 50.0x
22 Clayton 19.33 3,134 3.1x 49.5x
23 Blades 19.67 1,382 3.3x 42.5x
24 Middl 21.0 20,754 3.2x 77.1x
25 Townsend 21.33 2,195 3.0x 75.0x
26 Smyrna 21.67 11,276 3.4x 55.2x
27 Milford 22.0 10,645 3.4x 58.9x
28 Seaford 22.33 7,447 3.6x 54.4x
29 Cheswold 23.67 1,239 2.4x 44.7x
30 Bellefonte 24.33 1,202 3.0x 84.3x
31 Greenwood 24.67 1,147 3.1x 52.5x
32 Wyoming 27.0 1,554 2.4x 69.3x

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