These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Delaware For 2018


These are the cream of the crop in The Diamond State

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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:

  1. Lewes (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  2. Newark (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  3. Ocean View (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  4. Rehoboth Beach (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  5. Wyoming (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  6. Townsend (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  7. Bellefonte (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  8. New Castle (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  9. Milton (Photos | Homes For Sale)
  10. Camden (Photos | Homes For Sale)

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 Place 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.

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.

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

The crime rate is much lower here than in the rest of Delaware, as there were only 3 violent crimes in the city limits last year. The unemployment rate is the 3rd lowest in Delaware (4.0%), and the public schools are ranked 3rd in the state in terms of spending per student.

Additionally, homes are the 2nd most expensive in Lewes ($475,000), meaning a lot of people want to live there.

Plus, the residents earn a really great salary: $66,583 a 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 is just about as close to a perfect area as you can get. Residents here are gainfully employed, and the schools are some of the best in the state. It’s safe, and residents get to enjoy the benefits of quality at home living.

It’s quite a gem tucked away in Delaware.

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 has a long and illustrious history and its ranking in the top ten of our best places to live is just another notch in its belt.\n\Ocean View had the 4th highest household median income adjusted for cost of living at $72,070.

Not to mention that its residents have plenty to do on the weekends.

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 has a strong showing in our best places to live in Delaware analysis, coming it at 4th 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, Rehoboth Beach is a great option.

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’s unemployment rates are some of the lowest in the state and the median income is the 9th highest, making Wyoming a great place to work and settle down if you’re look for a stable job with a stable income.

Additionally, Wyoming has above average education and low crime, making this place a safe place to live.

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 by far one of the best places to live in Delaware: the math proves it! This city has the 2nd lowest unemployment rate and the 1st highest median income in all of Delaware.

Plus, the median home values are the 4th highest in the state. And if all of that isn’t enough to convince you, then check this out: their crime rate is the 26th lowest in the state, making Townsend a safe and great place to live.

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

Things can’t get much better than in the town of Bellefonte. The crime is the 26th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Bellefonte make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.

The median home costs a cool $217,300 and households make $75,500 which is good for 3rd in Delaware.

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

Good things do come in small packages; it’s true for New Castle, which with a population of 5,372 makes it one of the smallest on this list.

Relatively low unemployment and relatively high adjusted income are just two blessings New Castle residents enjoy.

The 17th lowest crime rate in all of Delaware makes New Castle one of the safest place on this list.

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

The crime rate in Milton isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $247,300 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Delaware.

If Milton can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (6.0% is the 13th highest in the state.

Camden, DE

Source: Public domain
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

With the unemployment rate being the 9th lowest in Delaware and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in Camden.

Plus, the crime rate is the 22nd lowest in the 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 2018.

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:

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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