These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Delaware For 2019


These are the cream of the crop in The Diamond State

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

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Where are the best places in the state of Delaware?

To the untrained eye they are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places in First State where people have the best jobs, residents are all above average, and the sun shines the most.

However, here at HomeSnacks, we don’t trust the untrained eye and instead look to data to understand the best places to call home in Delaware.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against.

After analyzing 29 places in Delaware, we came up with this list of the best places.

Well, it looks like you should check out Lewes if you’re thinking of moving to Delaware — it’s the best the First State has to offer according to the data.

Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best places to live in Delaware.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Mapping The Best And Worst Places To Live in Delaware

The Pressing Question: Size

Before we even started to collect data, we had to answer a tough question: Is it fair to pit Dover with a population of 37,351 against places with a population of 18?

We firmly decided no, that just isn’t fair.

So to create our ranking, we broke places to live into three tiers:

  • Cities — Populations over 1,000
  • Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 1,000
  • Small Towns — Populations below 1,000

This left us with 29 cities, 31 towns, and 25 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best places have more of everything and therefore you need to have over 1,000 people to truly be ‘the best’.

Now we also realize that city living might not be your cup of tea, so we ran the following analysis on towns and then again for small towns.

You can see those two top tens at the bottom of the post.

How We Calculated The Best Cities To Live In Delaware

Now that we had our set of cities, it was time to rank them.

We ranked each place in Delaware across a number of criteria from one to 29, with one being the best.

We then took the average rank across all criteria, with the city posting the lowest overall score being crowned the winner of the title “Best Place To Live In Delaware”.

The criteria we looked at were:

  • Median Home Values
  • Median Income
  • Population Density (Higher better)
  • Unemployment Rate
  • Commute Time
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

After the dust settled, what was the best place to live in Delaware? That would be Lewes.

If your city or town isn’t among the top 10, jump down to the bottom of the post to see a detailed chart of the best places in Delaware.

Otherwise, buckle up for a ride down good living lane with Lewes at the end of the cul-de-sac.

The 10 Best Places To Live In Delaware For 2019

Lewes, DE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,955
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $475,000 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (3rd best)
More on Lewes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Lewes.

Lewes ranked impressively high for its crime rate (8th overall) and its short commute times (1st).

We think that’s worth the price of admission.

Review Of Lewes by HomeSnacks User

Lewes is a wonderful community that enjoys a terrific location and great citizenry that is highly engaged. Our residents have helped this community evolve. to what it is today.

As you may be aware Lewes was also recognized as the safest community in DE earlier this year.

Newark, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 32,941
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $270,700 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (6th best)
More on Newark: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Newark ranks 2nd on our list of best places to live in Delaware thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Delaware that we examined.

People have been flocking to Newark over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Ocean View, DE

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Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 2,087
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $342,000 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (17th best)
More on Ocean View: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ocean View comes in 3rd in our best places to live in Delaware analysis.

Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (17th overall) and crime rate (4th overall), Ocean View is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.

Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Ocean View in our lists for years to come.

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,119
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $842,800 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (6th best)
More on Rehoboth Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Delaware, as there were only 7 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 6th lowest in Delaware (4.5%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 1st most expensive in Rehoboth Beach ($842,800), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $82,941 a year.

Wyoming, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,575
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $167,400 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (5th best)
More on Wyoming: Real Estate | Data | Photos

When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Delaware, Wyoming came in 5th. Let’s see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Wyoming has an impressive history for a place of just over 1,575 people. The median home costs a cool $167,400 and households make $61,406 which is good for 9th in Delaware.

Townsend, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,320
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $312,500 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (2nd best)
More on Townsend: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Townsend broke into the top ten best places to live in Delaware on the back of a low unemployment and a quality schools system.

It placed 2nd overall for its low unemployment rate and the 1st highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 27th shortest average commute time of any place in Delaware.

Bellefonte, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,253
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $217,300 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (11th best)
More on Bellefonte: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bellefonte has a strong showing in our best places to live in Delaware analysis, coming it at 7th best.

It ranks highly like many others in the top ten for a low unemployment rate and high adjusted median income. It scored extra points relative to the top ten for its size and things to do.

If you’re thinking of moving to Delaware, Bellefonte is a great option.

New Castle, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,372
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $200,600 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (8th best)
More on New Castle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Castle is feeling the love as it ranks as the 8th best city to live in Delaware for 2019.

It ranked highly because of its high incomes (10th overall) and low crime (17th overall and one of the best in the top ten).

We think the city should probably change its motto at this point to something like “The Place To Be In Delaware”.

Milton, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,756
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $247,300 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (13th best)
More on Milton: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Milton makes a case for being one of the best places to live in Delaware mainly because of a low crime rate and a higher than average household income level.

And when school spending is higher than the national average and only 6.0% of folks are jobless, you can bet Milton residents are glad to live where they do.

Camden, DE

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Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,494
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $202,200 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (9th best)
More on Camden: Real Estate | Data | Photos

In Camden, everyone loves to call Camden home! The median home value is the 11th highest in Delaware.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 9th lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in First State.

Wrapping Up The Best Places When It Comes To Living In Delaware

If you’re looking at areas in Delaware with the best economic situations, where there’s lower than average crime, and a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

Lewes made a strong showing to take in the overall number one spot for the best place to live in Delaware for 2019.

Best Towns To Live In Delaware

  1. Greenville (Pop. 2,265)
  2. Highland Acres (Pop. 3,792)
  3. Rehoboth Beach (Pop. 1,119)
  4. Lewes (Pop. 2,955)
  5. Bellefonte (Pop. 1,253)
  6. Townsend (Pop. 2,320)
  7. St. Georges (Pop. 1,097)
  8. Riverview (Pop. 2,993)
  9. Ocean View (Pop. 2,087)
  10. Camden (Pop. 3,494)

Best Small Towns To Live In Delaware

  1. Henlopen Acres (Pop. 159)
  2. Arden (Pop. 485)
  3. South Bethany (Pop. 424)
  4. Bethany Beach (Pop. 871)
  5. Ardencroft (Pop. 255)
  6. Fenwick Island (Pop. 398)
  7. Ardentown (Pop. 311)
  8. Dewey Beach (Pop. 289)
  9. Viola (Pop. 185)
  10. Magnolia (Pop. 203)

If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Delaware according to the data:

  1. Newport (Pop. 1,075)
  2. Delmar (Pop. 1,792)
  3. Laurel (Pop. 3,984)

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Detailed List Of The Best Places To Live In Delaware

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Lewes 2,955 4.0% $475,000
2 Newark 32,941 4.5% $270,700
3 Ocean View 2,087 7.5% $342,000
4 Rehoboth Beach 1,119 4.5% $842,800
5 Wyoming 1,575 4.4% $167,400
6 Townsend 2,320 3.7% $312,500
7 Bellefonte 1,253 5.8% $217,300
8 New Castle 5,372 4.9% $200,600
9 Milton 2,756 6.0% $247,300
10 Camden 3,494 5.5% $202,200
11 Clayton 3,080 7.1% $192,100
12 Smyrna 11,081 5.9% $188,100
13 Felton 1,566 14.7% $192,500
14 Millville 1,611 7.4% $281,900
15 Selbyville 2,268 3.2% $260,500
16 Greenwood 1,280 5.6% $154,800
17 Dover 37,351 8.1% $172,000
18 Elsmere 6,137 11.4% $165,000
19 Bridgeville 2,397 12.7% $234,600
20 Cheswold 1,123 11.2% $85,000
21 Millsboro 4,121 4.3% $185,500
22 Milford 10,532 7.7% $174,900
23 Wilmington 71,502 10.3% $162,400
24 Blades 1,302 8.9% $131,500
25 Harrington 3,688 11.6% $166,000
26 Seaford 7,417 6.9% $154,500
27 Newport 1,075 17.4% $185,700
28 Delmar 1,792 13.7% $130,600
29 Laurel 3,984 10.1% $142,700

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