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.

For more Delaware reading, check out:

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 is unequivocally the best place to live in Delaware. Not only do they have the highest student expenditure in the state, meaning they place a very high value on their students' education, but they also have the 5th highest median income.

Additionally, they have the 8th lowest crime rate, making it one of the safest city in Delaware. If that wasn't enough, their unemployment rate is only 4.0%%.

Overall, Lewes is the place to live in Delaware.

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

At an unemployment rate of 4.5%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Newark. And the residents command high salaries ($55,256 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($270,700 each).

We're not saying money is why these cities are the 'best' in Delaware. What we're implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there's nothing wrong with that.

Ocean View, DE

Source: Public domain
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 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 17th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 4th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 13th shortest average commute time of any place in Delaware.

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

Tiny Rehoboth Beach (population 1,119) packs a big punch when it comes to desirability in the state of Delaware.

It looks like the mayor has things going in the right direction: Crime is the 28th lowest in the state and incomes are the 2nd highest. Top that off with the most educated adult population and Rehoboth Beach won't be staying tiny for much longer.

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

Wyoming is another great city in Delaware with a low unemployment rate and where residents earn high salaries.

Said one reviewer on City-Data.com: " We feel incredibly safe in Wyoming. The houses and neighborhoods are beautiful, the people are friendly, and it's wonderful to have such good neighbors. People watch out for each other here, they teach their children to be respectful of others and things."

Enough said.

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 is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 6th best place in Delaware?

Homes are priced around $312,500 and residents have the 27th shortest commute 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

We think the motto in Bellefonte should be "Everything is greater in Bellefonte," and that seems to be pretty close to the truth.

Bellefonte has some of the highest home values in Delaware, and they're going up fast. Additionally, Bellefonte only has 530.0% of its residents living in poverty.

Crime is also well below the state average, making Bellefonte a solid option for people who value safety. At least those who can afford it.

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 has a really low crime rate (17th lowest) and only 4.9% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($59,657). And that goes a long way.

The population is growing at a steady clip, and the cost of living is lower than it should be. So people have an extra incentive to live in New Castle.

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

With the unemployment rate being the 13th lowest in Delaware and very stable household median incomes, it's easy to see why someone would want to live in Milton.

Plus, the crime rate is the 1st lowest in the state!

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

Camden ranks as the 10th best place in Delaware for 2019. Let's take a look at why.

Camden has a lower crime rate than the cities mentioned above. Camden's cost of living is a tick higher, but families also earn much higher salaries - to the tune of $61,480 a year.

The knock? We can't really find one 🙂

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)

For more Delaware reading, check out:

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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