These Are The 10 Best Places To Live In Delaware For 2018


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?

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)
  2. Newark (Photos | Homes)
  3. Ocean View (Photos | Homes)
  4. Rehoboth Beach (Photos | Homes)
  5. Wyoming (Photos | Homes)
  6. Townsend (Photos | Homes)
  7. Bellefonte (Photos | Homes)
  8. New Castle (Photos | Homes)
  9. Milton (Photos | Homes)
  10. Camden (Photos | Homes)

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.

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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, 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 1,100 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 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
  • Crime
  • Education Levels
  • Health Insurance Coverage
  • Poverty rates

Sources of criteria include the New Census Data and FBI Crime Data.

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.

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1. Lewes

Lewes, Delaware

Population: 2,955
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Home Values: $475,000 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (3rd best)
More on Lewes: Real Estate | Data
Lewes ranks 1st on our list of best places to live in Delaware thanks to its low unemployment and high adjusted median income.

Additionally, its crime rate ranks in the lowest 10% of all places in Delaware that we examined.

People have been flocking to Lewes over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

2. Newark

Newark, Delaware

Population: 32,941
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Home Values: $270,700 (6th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (6th best)
More on Newark: Real Estate | Data
The crime is the 10th lowest in the state in Newark, and there were only 114 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 Newark earn $55,256 a year.

3. Ocean View

Ocean View, Delaware

Source: Public domain

Population: 2,087
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Home Values: $342,000 (3rd best)
Unemployment Rate: 7.5% (17th best)
More on Ocean View: Real Estate | Data
Ocean View comes in at a close 3rd. They have the 17th lowest unemployment rate in the state and the 4th highest median income as well, which means the people in Ocean View are working and getting paid well.

Additionally, the median home value is the 3rd best in the state.

4. Rehoboth Beach

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

Population: 1,119
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Home Values: $842,800 (1st best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.5% (6th best)
More on Rehoboth Beach: Real Estate | Data
Little Rehoboth Beach has it made. It has the 6th lowest unemployment rate, and crime is far below average for Delaware.

Residents here have great jobs, and the home price proves it’s a highly desirable location in the state, for those who can afford the high cost of living

We’d recommend you start saving up!

5. Wyoming

Wyoming, Delaware

Population: 1,575
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Home Values: $167,400 (20th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.4% (5th best)
More on Wyoming: Real Estate | Data
Things can’t get much better than in the town of Wyoming. The crime is the 6th lowest in the entire state, and the residents who live in Wyoming make huge salaries, and almost all of them have great jobs.

The median home costs a cool $167,400 and households make $61,406 which is good for 9th in Delaware.

6. Townsend

Townsend, Delaware

Population: 2,320
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Home Values: $312,500 (4th best)
Unemployment Rate: 3.7% (2nd best)
More on Townsend: Real Estate | Data
The Town of Townsend might be a bit of a surprise to some in terms of how well it ranks according to science.

The crime rate in Townsend isn’t amazing, but it’s far below the state average. The homes are valued at $312,500 here, and the schools get some of the most funding in Delaware.

If Townsend can get some more of their residents to work, things will look even rosier here. The unemployment rate (3.7% is the 2nd highest in the state.

7. Bellefonte

Bellefonte, Delaware

Population: 1,253
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Home Values: $217,300 (10th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (11th best)
More on Bellefonte: Real Estate | Data
Taking a similar route to the top ten as many others on this list, Bellefonte ranked highly for adjusted median income (3rd), crime (26th), and unemployment (11th).

With a population of 1,253 it was one of the smaller in the top ten and its government website actually goes to pains to say that it’s a “community though not a city”.

But don’t listen to what they say people of Bellefonte, you can be anything you want.

8. New Castle

New Castle, Delaware

Population: 5,372
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Home Values: $200,600 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (8th best)
More on New Castle: Real Estate | Data
New Castle 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 8th overall for its low unemployment rate and the 10th highest median income of any place in our analysis.

However, it only has the 12th shortest average commute time of any place in Delaware.

9. Milton

Milton, Delaware

Population: 2,756
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Home Values: $247,300 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (13th best)
More on Milton: Real Estate | Data
Milton offers an impressive amount to do while maintaining a small town’s charm.

The unemployment rate sits as the 13th lowest in Delaware and incomes are the 16th highest.

When you come into town be sure to check out the parks as they are a good time for people of all ages.

10. Camden

Camden, Delaware

Source: Public domain

Population: 3,494
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Home Values: $202,200 (11th best)
Unemployment Rate: 5.5% (9th best)
More on Camden: Real Estate | Data
The crime is the 22nd lowest in the state in Camden, and there were only 14 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 Camden earn $61,480 a year.

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

  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:

  1. Laurel (Pop. 3,984)
  2. Delmar (Pop. 1,792)
  3. Newport (Pop. 1,075)

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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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