Cost of Living in Delaware

Delaware’s affordable housing, low taxes, and the thriving job market in diverse industries make the First State a first-rate place to live.





Cost of Living Calculator and Comparison

Use our Cost of Living Comparison Calculator to compare Delaware’s cost of living to major cities by hovering over one of the Delaware regions below and clicking on a city. See how far your salary goes for housing, utilities, and more.


Northern Delaware
11th Street at sunset in downtown Wilmington, Delaware 11th Street at sunset in downtown Wilmington, Delaware
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Central Delaware
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Southern Delaware
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Calculate Your Cost of Living

Use our comparison tool to see how Delaware’s cost of living stacks up to your current city.

The cost of living index for the Wilmington metro area is consistently lower than other urban markets on the East Coast, while the index for central and southern Delaware is consistently less than the U.S. average.

Delaware residents enjoy a median household income that’s eight percent higher than the national average, high wage job opportunities in lucrative industries, a diverse range of affordable housing, and a low tax burden without state-level property taxes and sales tax. What’s more, since the Great Recession, employment in Delaware has grown by 11% — the fastest pace in the Mid-Atlantic.

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Discover What Delaware Regions Have to Offer

Northern Delaware

Wilmington and Surrounding Areas – A Hub of History, Culture, Business and Fun.

Central Delaware

Dover, Farmland and Open Spaces – The heartland of Delaware

Southern Delaware

Pristine Beaches, Coastal and Rural River Towns – A tapestry of Laid Back Lifestyles.

Cost of Living Index Calculator

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Cost of Living Index Calculator

Cost of Living Index Calculator

Cost of Living Index Calculator