These Are The 10 Most Expensive Cities 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
  2. Lewes
  3. Ocean View
  4. Townsend
  5. Newark (Photos)
  6. Selbyville
  7. Milton
  8. Millsboro
  9. Clayton
  10. Bridgeville

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.

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How We Determined The Most Expensive 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 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.

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1. Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,105
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 376
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114

2. Lewes

Lewes, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,803
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 229
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114

3. Ocean View

Ocean View, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,968
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 180
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114

4. Townsend

Townsend, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,871
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 146
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114

5. Newark

Newark, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,655
Services: 108
Groceries: 103
Health Care: 103
Housing: 143
Transportation: 96
Utilities: 114
Newark (/nurk/ NEW-ark)[note 1] is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. It is located 12 miles (19 km) 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.[citation needed]

6. Selbyville

Selbyville, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,960
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 135
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114

7. Milton

Milton, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,578
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 129
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114

8. Millsboro

Millsboro, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,855
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 125
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114

9. Clayton

Clayton, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,884
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 123
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 114

10. Bridgeville

Bridgeville, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,337
Services: 107
Groceries: 107
Health Care: 102
Housing: 119
Transportation: 101
Utilities: 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 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

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Detailed List Of The Most Expensive Cities In Delaware

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

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