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.

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

Lewes has a really low crime rate (13th lowest) and only 1.2% of the people are unemployed. Additionally, residents here have high paying jobs ($86,417). 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 Lewes.

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

Bethany Beach 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 13th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 4th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 1st shortest average commute time of any place in Delaware.

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 has it made. In fact, according to science, it's one of the best places to live in the state of Delaware.

The unemployment rate is the 6th lowest in the state at 2.8%, and residents make a pretty penny. Median incomes are $59,929, and the average cost of a home is $277,800. Which is an indication that lots of people want to live here.

We wouldn't be surprised if more and more publications call Milton one of America's gems.

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

Crime is something that doesn't happen very often in Camden. Statistically the 20th safest place in the state, there were only 12 violent crimes in the entire city last year.

It's really beautiful in Camden, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $67,734 a year, and homes are valued at more than $211,800.

What else could you possibly want if you're someone who likes the good things in life?

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

If you want to live in Delaware, you can't go wrong if you decide to make the Newark area your home. However, everyone and their mother wants to live here.

Can you blame them? It's a beautiful place with really low crime, where a majority of residents are wealthy (a $57,391 median income will do that).

Plus, the residents are really involved with helping to make Newark as great as possible. You can't get it much better than in Newark.

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

If you live in Wyoming, you probably know how great it is already.

Wyoming has a stable economy where residents earn a large salary ($69,118). And the crime is really, really low (2nd lowest in Delaware).

If we could afford to move here, we probably would.

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

If you don't have a job in Ocean View, you're most likely not trying very hard. The unemployment rate here is almost as low as you can get -- 3.9%. In fact, there are probably enough butler and landscaping jobs available here to put every single unemployed resident to work, what with a median income of $76,734.

That's actually not a bad idea...

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

In Rehoboth Beach, everyone loves to call Rehoboth Beach home! The median home value is the highest in Delaware.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 5th lowest in the state and the crime rates are some of the lowest in First State.

Rehoboth Beach should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.

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 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.

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 has some of the most employed as well as the highest earning residents in the entire state of Delaware. Factor in a very low crime rate, and this Bellefonte is a real gem.

With high incomes comes a high cost of living, which can been seen in the home prices. Additionally, the commute time for Bellefonte residents to work is significantly higher than average.

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 1.2% $540,200
2 Bethany Beach 1,006 4.4% $509,400
3 Milton 2,840 2.8% $277,800
4 Camden 3,469 0.1% $211,800
5 Newark 33,352 4.9% $274,900
6 Wyoming 1,437 3.1% $177,500
7 Ocean View 2,198 3.9% $336,100
8 Rehoboth Beach 1,281 2.8% $926,200
9 New Castle 5,359 4.0% $195,400
10 Bellefonte 1,140 5.3% $223,500

How Is Your Town In ?

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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