10 Best Places To Live In Delaware For 2019


These are the cream of the crop in The Diamond State

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.

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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

Lewes ranks 1st 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 Lewes over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

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 comes in 2nd in our best places to live in Delaware analysis.

Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (6th overall) and crime rate (10th overall), Newark 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 Newark in our lists for years to come.

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

Let's take a look at why Ocean View is a great place to call home for 2019.

There's low crime in Ocean View, and the residents here are gainfully employed (7.5% unemployment rate).

You can make Ocean View your home for only $342,000 which won't be too hard on a $72,070 household salary.

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

Rehoboth Beach offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town's charm.

The unemployment rate sits as the 6th lowest in Delaware and incomes are the 2nd highest.

When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.

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

You might be surprised to see the Town of Wyoming so high on the list. Unless you live in Wyoming.

The unemployment rate here is really low, and at 4.4%, Wyoming residents are some of the hardest working in the state of Delaware. When you factor in high home prices, high incomes and low crime, Wyoming is doing quite well.

Let's be honest -- Wyoming is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

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

There's two types of people who live in Townsend. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $312,500 home there.

Either way, you're set. Your kids go to great schools, there's a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Townsend is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

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

Well, I guess technically 5.8% of Bellefonte residents who want to have a job can't find one, so not everyone has a job, but it's the 11th closest of any city in Delaware.

You can tell they take business seriously as they have by far the coolest Chamber of Commerce website we came across in our research.

In addition to its incredibly low unemployment rate, Bellefonte also ranked well for crime (26th) and median income ($75,500).

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

Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, New Castle ranked highly for adjusted median income (10th), crime (17th), and unemployment (8th).

With a population of 5,372 it was one of the smaller in the top ten and its government website actually goes to pains to say that it's a "community though not a city".

But don't listen to what they say people of New Castle, you can be anything you want.

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

The Town of Milton consistently ranks as one of the best places to live. There aren't any surprises here. Which probably adds credibility to our data, right?

Let's see why Milton ranks so high. First of all, the homes in Milton are the 8th most expensive in the state of Delaware, with the average home worth a whopping $247,300. We're not elitists, nor are we saying that big homes means a better place to live. But price reflects demand, and simply put, a lot of people want to live in Milton if they can afford it.

Other numbers that stand out: Milton residents have the 16th highest income in the state, and the 1st lowest crime numbers in Delaware.

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

The Town of Camden might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.

The crime rate in Camden isn't amazing, but it's far below the state average. The homes are valued at $202,200 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Delaware.

If Camden can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (5.5% is the 9th highest in the state.

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.

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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Where Are 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

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

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