These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Delaware For 2019


These are the cream of the crop in The Diamond State

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Editor’s Note: We updated this article for 2019. This is our fifth time ranking the best places to live in Delaware.

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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 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 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.

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.

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

In Lewes, everyone loves to call Lewes home! The median home value is the 2nd highest in Delaware.

Additionally, the unemployment rate is the 3rd lowest in the state. and the crime rates are some of the lowest in First State.

Lewes should consider renaming to Paradise Valley in our humble opinion.

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, population 32,941, is the largest ‘big’ city to make the top of this list. When you combine a short commute time, high employment rates and a high population density, you get a very nice place to live.

Newark has ranked high on other similar lists in America by major news media, so we aren’t alone in our analysis.

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

Let’s take a look at why Ocean View is a great place to call home for 2019.

There’s low crime in Ocean View, and the residents here are gainfully employed (7.5% unemployment rate).

You can make Ocean View your home for only $342,000 which won’t be too hard on a $72,070 household salary.

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

Things can’t get much better than in the town of Rehoboth Beach. The crime is the 28th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Rehoboth Beach make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.

The median home costs a cool $842,800 and households make $82,941 which is good for 2nd in Delaware.

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 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 4.4% of folks are jobless, you can bet Wyoming residents are glad to live where they do.

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

At an unemployment rate of 3.7%, everyone who wants a job can get one in Townsend. And the residents command high salaries ($105,000 a year combined income), and live in big fancy homes ($312,500 each).

We’re not saying money is why these cities are the ‘best’ in Delaware. What we’re implying is that money means safety and peace of mind. And there’s nothing wrong with that.

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

Say what you want about cheap living. The fact is, homes are priced by demand, and there’s A LOT of demand to live in Bellefonte.

Bellefonte ranked impressively high for its crime rate (26th overall) and its short commute times (17th).

We think that’s worth the price of admission.

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

Crime is something that doesn’t happen very often in New Castle. Statistically the 17th safest place in the state, there were only 32 violent crimes in the entire city last year.

It’s really beautiful in New Castle, and new homes continue to replace older homes. Resident earn $59,657 a year, and homes are valued at more than $200,600.

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

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

When you’re looking at the best places you could live in Delaware, Milton came in 9th. Let’s see why.

It has a low unemployment rate and high incomes.

Plus, Milton has an impressive history for a place of just over 2,756 people. The median home costs a cool $247,300 and households make $48,194 which is good for 16th in Delaware.

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 the best place to live in Delaware for 2019.

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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