These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Delaware


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? They are the places that have awesome economies. They’re the places where people have the best jobs, where residents are happily married, and where the sun shines the most.

And certainly, since crime is really low, everyone wants to be there. It’s, literally, all sunshine and rainbows.

We looked at the 35 most populated cities in the First State for this study. The cities at the top are places where things are going swimmingly right now, at least according to data, which measures the good things that people say they want in a city.

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it’s hard to argue against. We had more than 10 million people read our worst cities in a state series, which was featured in hundreds of media outlets, including an NPR feature.

So we know what we’re talking about.

Here are the 10 best places to live in Delaware:

  1. Pike Creek
  2. Hockessin
  3. North Star
  4. Glasgow
  5. Pike Creek Valley
  6. Greenville
  7. Highland Acres
  8. Wilmington Manor
  9. Bear
  10. Middletown

We understand there’s a lot of good in every place. However, according to data (which doesn’t measure things like beauty, ‘friendly people’ and community involvement), these are the best options in Delaware for making a place home.

The worst city to live in Delaware? Harrington. More on that later.

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How do you decide if a place is amazeballs or not?

In order to rank Delaware’s best cities, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn’t a stretch to assume that people like low crime, good weather, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we crunched the numbers for Delaware

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics and Sperling’s Best Places, this is the criteria we used:

  • Strong schools
  • Low unemployment rates
  • High incomes
  • High home prices
  • Lots of sunny days a year
  • Low crime
  • Low cost of living

If you’d like to see the complete list of cities in Delaware, scroll to the bottom of this post to see a link to the entire data set.

Note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. This list is based on data, and is entirely unbiased.

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1. Pike Creek

Best Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,642
Crime Index: 42
Cost Of Living Index: 137

2. Hockessin

Best Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 13,287
Crime Index: 35
Cost Of Living Index: 147

3. North Star

Best Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,845
Crime Index: 21
Cost Of Living Index: 159

4. Glasgow

Best Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,780
Crime Index: 52
Cost Of Living Index: 121

5. Pike Creek Valley

Best Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,268
Crime Index: 105
Cost Of Living Index: 118

6. Greenville

Best Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,505
Crime Index: 103
Cost Of Living Index: 201

7. Highland Acres

Best Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,838
Crime Index: 41
Cost Of Living Index: 110

8. Wilmington Manor

Best Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 8,562
Crime Index: 70
Cost Of Living Index: 112

9. Bear

Best Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,751
Crime Index: 105
Cost Of Living Index: 118

10. Middletown

Best Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,495
Crime Index: 107
Cost Of Living Index: 117

There You Have It

Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Pike Creek is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Delaware residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.

Other notable cities:
3rd Worst: Woodside East
2nd Worst: Laurel
Worst: Harrington

Detailed List Of Best Places To Live In Delaware

City Rank Population Crime Index Cost Of Living Index
Pike Creek 1 7,642 42 137
Hockessin 2 13,287 35 147
North Star 3 7,845 21 159
Glasgow 4 14,780 52 121
Pike Creek Valley 5 11,268 105 118
Greenville 6 2,505 103 201
Highland Acres 7 3,838 41 110
Wilmington Manor 8 8,562 70 112
Bear 9 19,751 105 118
Middletown 10 18,495 107 117
Newark 11 31,655 107 112
Claymont 12 8,043 118 111
Brookside 13 14,321 101 106
Lewes 14 2,803 89 136
Clayton 15 2,884 71 102
Selbyville 16 2,960 77 126
Edgemoor 17 5,889 130 102
Riverview 18 2,859 24 108
Milton 19 2,578 120 120
Elsmere 20 6,131 121 99
Georgetown 21 6,429 140 121
Bridgeville 22 2,337 113 112
New Castle 23 5,309 122 104
Millsboro 24 3,855 132 108
Seaford 25 7,018 138 106
Camden 26 3,418 70 95
Dover Base Housing 27 3,164 162 73
Smyrna 28 10,065 110 103
Rising Sun-Lebanon 29 3,145 114 121
Dover 30 36,259 134 100
Milford 31 9,513 172 105
Wilmington 32 71,119 163 98
Woodside East 33 2,091 118 119
Laurel 34 3,761 173 102
Harrington 35 3,582 153 94

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