THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Delaware For 2020


These are the cream of the crop in The Diamond State

Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the best places to live in Delaware.

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What state has three counties when the tide is out and two when it's in? That's right, that would be Delaware.

Delaware might be considered The Small Wonder, but what it lacks in size, it definitely makes up for in Fortune 500 companies. Yes, Delaware has some pretty sweet tax breaks, and that's a good thing because more money in your pocket is always better for your community. And this is most evident in Delaware's best places to live for 2020. Needless to say, it was very difficult to narrow down the top ten best places to live in The First State

But, HomeSnacks did it. How'd we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 30 cities. We looked at important factors like cost of living, crime, unemployment rates, rent and median home values for every place with over 1,000 residents.

Hip millennial cities like Wilmington, fun college cities like Dover, and environmentally conscious towns like Newark are not only some of Delaware's fastest growing cities, but they also lead the charge in making Delaware great. And surprisingly folks, they did not make the top ten best places in Delaware for 2020.

The best places in Delaware boast some of the best schools, best neighborhoods, best homes, and the best jobs. You could literally throw a dart at any one of these places and be super happy to live wherever it landed.

Want to know what places did make the top ten best places to live in Delaware for 2020? Keep reading.

What's the best place to live in delaware for 2020? Drum roll... .the number one best place to live in Delaware is Lewes based on the most recent Census data.

We are not at all surprised. Lewes has homes that are affordable, plentiful jobs with competitive salaries, and its neighborhoods are safe.

To see how your city compared, take a look at the list below. And if you don't find your favorite there, head on down to the bottom.

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 2020

Lewes, DE

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 3,118
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $540,200 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 1.2% (3rd best)
More on Lewes: Real Estate | Data | Photos

According to scientific data, Lewes is the best place in Delaware, and it's not even close.

Residents here earn the 3rd most per household in the state and crime is basically non-existent.

No wonder the population here has jumped more than 30% in the last five years. Everyone who can afford it wants to live here.

So if you're moving to Delaware and want to settle in an awesome place, look no further.

Bethany Beach, DE

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 1,006
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $509,400 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (13th best)
More on Bethany Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Perhaps what makes Bethany Beach so amazing is the high emphasis they put on quality education: they have one of the highest rate of education at attainment for adults.

However, quality education isn't all that makes Bethany Beach great. They also have the 4th highest median income and the 1st shortest commute time.

Milton, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,840
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $277,800 (7th best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (6th 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 2.8% 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: 3,469
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $211,800 (13th best)
Unemployment Rate: 0.1% (1st 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 $211,800 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 (0.1%) is the highest in the state.

Newark, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

Population: 33,352
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $274,900 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (14th best)
More on Newark: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Who wouldn't want to live in a place where there's low crime and everyone is rich? That's the case with Newark.

Things are looking peachy keen here. The unemployment rate is the 14th lowest in Delaware and the median income comes in at $57,391.

This is the kind of place you brag to your friends on Facebook about.

Wyoming, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,437
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $177,500 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.1% (8th best)
More on Wyoming: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Wyoming isn't just the nicest place to live in Delaware - it's also the one of the fastest growing places in the state. And with good reason.

It's got the 8th lowest unemployment rate, the 9th highest adjusted income, and rates above most places in education.

When you're looking at science and data, Wyoming definitely deserves a spot on the list for 2020.

Ocean View, DE

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Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 2,198
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Median Home Value: $336,100 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (9th best)
More on Ocean View: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Ocean View is a short drive from everything, but who would want to leave the 7th best place in Delaware?

Homes are priced around $336,100 and residents have the 27th shortest commute in Delaware.

Rehoboth Beach, DE

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 1,281
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $926,200 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (5th best)
More on Rehoboth Beach: Real Estate | Data | Photos

The crime is the 30th lowest in the state in Rehoboth Beach, and there were only 9 violent crimes in the entire city last year. We think it's even safer here than the numbers indicate.

The schools are some of the best in Delaware, and residents live in very expensive homes. They also earn more than most every other city in the state. Residents in Rehoboth Beach earn $97,750 a year.

New Castle, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,359
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $195,400 (15th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (11th best)
More on New Castle: Real Estate | Data | Photos

New Castle has been called one of the best small towns in America. If you live here, you're most likely already aware of how great it is to live there.

Just about everyone who wants a job in New Castle has one; the unemployment rate is hovering at about 4.0% and lowering. And the New Castle police department is doing a solid job, as crime is the 19th lowest in the state here.

Who wouldn't want to live in a place like this?

Bellefonte, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,140
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $223,500 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.3% (16th best)
More on Bellefonte: Real Estate | Data | Photos

Bellefonte 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 Bellefonte. 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.

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 37,331 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 30 cities, 31 towns, and 25 small towns.

We then decided, no matter how much anyone loves their town, the best cities to live in Delaware 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 30, 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. You can download the data here.

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 2020.

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. 1,335)
  2. Delmar (Pop. 1,790)
  3. Laurel (Pop. 4,211)

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Where Are The Best Places To Live In Delaware?

Rank City Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Lewes 3,118 119.4% $540,200
2 Bethany Beach 1,006 443.8% $509,400
3 Milton 2,840 281.3% $277,800
4 Camden 3,469 6.7% $211,800
5 Newark 33,352 489.1% $274,900
6 Wyoming 1,437 306.1% $177,500
7 Ocean View 2,198 392.9% $336,100
8 Rehoboth Beach 1,281 276.8% $926,200
9 New Castle 5,359 398.5% $195,400
10 Bellefonte 1,140 529.2% $223,500

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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.

One thought on “THE 10 BEST Places To Live In Delaware For 2020

  1. How about Middletown?
    It seems to me this article left out the town which has a lot of stores to shop and walk around….
    My wife and I are trying to retire there….Any suggestion?…

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