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:
- Newark (Photos)
- Ocean View
- Rehoboth Beach
- New Castle (Photos)
Follow along as we provide more insight into how we reached our overall best 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 1,100
- Towns — Populations between 1,000 and 1,100
- Small Towns — Populations below 1,000
This left us with 29 cities, 32 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 1,100 people to truly be ‘the best’.
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
- Education Levels
- Health Insurance Coverage
- Poverty rates
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.
Population: 2,955Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Home Values: $475,000 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (3rd best)
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.
Population: 32,941Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Home Values: $270,700 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (6th best)
Newark is another gem in First State. The unemployment rate here is 6th lowest in the entire state at 4.5%. Other factors that make Newark so desirable is the solid education and home prices.
Homes are valued at $270,700, and parents earn a combined $55,256 a year
There’s nothing like the American dream.
3. Ocean View
Population: 2,087 Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Values: $342,000 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (17th best)
Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in Ocean View. Statistically the 4th safest place in the state, there were only 3 violent crimes in the entire city last year.
It’s really beautiful in Ocean View, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $72,070 a year, and homes are valued at more than $342,000.
What else could you possibly want if you’re someone who likes the the good things in life?
4. Rehoboth Beach
Population: 1,119 Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Values: $842,800 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (6th best)
The Town of Rehoboth Beach might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.
The crime rate in Rehoboth Beach isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $842,800 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Delaware.
If Rehoboth Beach can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (4.5% is the 6th highest in the state.
Population: 1,575 Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Home Values: $167,400 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (5th best)
The Wyoming has the 5th lowest unemployment rate in Delaware. The population growth here has been 8% over the last 15 years, meaning a lot of people want to live here. If they can afford it; the cost of living in Wyoming is higher than the national average and households make $61,406 per year.
We’d move to Wyoming if we could in a heart beat.
Population: 2,320Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Home Values: $312,500 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (2nd best)
Townsend offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town’s charm.
The unemployment rate sits as the 2nd lowest in Delaware and incomes are the 1st highest.
When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.
Population: 1,253 Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Home Values: $217,300 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (11th best)
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.”
8. New Castle
Population: 5,372Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Home Values: $200,600 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (8th best)
New Castle comes in at a close 8th. They have the 8th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 10th highest median income as well, which means the people in New Castle are working and getting paid well.
Additionally, the median home value is the 12th best in the state.
Population: 2,756Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Home Values: $247,300 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (13th best)
Who doesn’t want to live inMilton? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.
Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 6.0%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.
Expect to see more of Milton in the news in the coming months.
Population: 3,494Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Home Values: $202,200 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (9th best)
Camden comes in 10th in our best places to live in Delaware analysis.
Ranking highly for its exceptionally low unemployment rate (9th overall) and crime rate (22nd overall), Camden is the exact kind of place you’d want to live with a family.
Several large companies call the surrounding area home which should keep Camden in our lists for years to come.
Wrapping Up The Best Of The Best 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
- Greenville (Pop. 2,265)
- Highland Acres (Pop. 3,792)
- Rehoboth Beach (Pop. 1,119)
- Lewes (Pop. 2,955)
- Bellefonte (Pop. 1,253)
- Townsend (Pop. 2,320)
- Dover Base Housing (Pop. 3,352)
- St. Georges (Pop. 1,097)
- Riverview (Pop. 2,993)
- Ocean View (Pop. 2,087)
Best Small Towns To Live In Delaware
- Henlopen Acres (Pop. 159)
- Arden (Pop. 485)
- South Bethany (Pop. 424)
- Bethany Beach (Pop. 871)
- Ardencroft (Pop. 255)
- Fenwick Island (Pop. 398)
- Ardentown (Pop. 311)
- Dewey Beach (Pop. 289)
- Viola (Pop. 185)
- Magnolia (Pop. 203)
If you’re curious enough, here are the worst places to live in Delaware:
- Laurel (Pop. 3,984)
- Delmar (Pop. 1,792)
- Newport (Pop. 1,075)
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