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 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.

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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 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.

Lewes, DE

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Population: 2,955
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $475,000 (2nd best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (3rd best)
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This isn’t a knock on the rest of Delaware, but Lewes is a little slice of heaven. Lewes blew away the rest of the state across the board.

The weather, measured in terms of rain, sunny days and humidity, is statistically almost the best here, and the residents here earn far more than most residents in other areas of the state.

And when you have really low crime, life is good, at least those who can afford it.

Newark, DE

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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

There’s two types of people who live in Newark. Either the old hold outs who have lived there forever and are watching their home values skyrocket, or those d who can afford to buy a $270,700 home there.

Either way, you’re set. Your kids go to great schools, there’s a ton of things to do, and you earn a great salary. Newark is exactly what you hoped for when you played that board game, LIFE as a kid.

Ocean View, DE

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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

Ocean View ranks 3rd 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 Ocean View over the past years. Goes to show that everyone wants in on this great community.

Rehoboth Beach, DE

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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

The tiny town of Rehoboth Beach may not remain tiny forever. The word has been out for a long, long time about how special this place is.

The residents are heavily involved in making their community even more awesome, and as many Delaware residents know, Rehoboth Beach is a great central spot for making the most of life.

Wyoming, DE

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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

Looks like little Wyoming might be a hidden gem in Delaware. The population is shrinking a bit, despite the fact that home values are still rising ($167,400) and crime is really low (6th lowest in the state).

Perhaps the cat’s now out of the bag — quick better move in before prices go up more.

Townsend, DE

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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

The crime is the 26th lowest in the state in Townsend, and there were only 41 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 Townsend earn $105,000 a year.

Bellefonte, DE

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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

Who doesn’t want to live in Bellefonte? Because, according to the data, most everyone should want to.

Crime is lower than the state average, and the unemployment rate sits at only 5.8%. The school systems are generally well funded, meaning lots of personal attention for area kids.

Expect to see more of Bellefonte in the news in the coming months.

New Castle, DE

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Population: 5,372
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $200,600 (12th best)
Unemployment Rate: 4.9% (8th best)
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With the unemployment rate being the 8th lowest in Delaware and very stable household median incomes, it’s easy to see why someone would want to live in New Castle.

Plus, the crime rate is the 17th lowest in the state!

Milton, DE

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Population: 2,756
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $247,300 (8th best)
Unemployment Rate: 6.0% (13th best)
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Taking its place as the 9th best place in Delaware is Milton. Residents here earn a really high salary each year, and crime is fairly low, in comparison to the rest of Delaware.

It’s considered a cultural community, as it boasts an arts scene, and many ethnic restaurants, too. Which means you can’t be bored here.

An unemployment rate of only 6.0% helps thing too.

Camden, DE

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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

Let’s take a look at why Camden is a great place to call home for 2018.

There’s low crime in Camden, and the residents here are gainfully employed (5.5% unemployment rate).

You can make Camden your home for only $202,200 which won’t be too hard on a $61,480 household salary.

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 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 according to the data:

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

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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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