Where to Live in Delaware

“Delaware’s low cost of living, top notch health care, education and recreation – and our unparalleled sense of community – add up to one great place to live.”

– Delaware Governor John Carney

Welcome Home – to Delaware

Affordable. Connected. Centrally Located.

Whether you’re looking for vibrant city life, a spacious lot in the suburbs, small town rural Americana or a cottage by the bay, Delaware is a great place to call home.

Here you’ll find affordable housing. Great schools. Nationally ranked health care. Low taxes and cost of living. And a thriving job market.

And did we mention our amazing location?

Delaware center of mid Atlantic key cities

You can get there from here – easily.

Location, location, location rings true here. Wherever it is you’re heading, you can get there from here- easily. You can travel the entire length of the state in under two hours, and thanks to our easy access to I-95, we are an easy day trip to and from Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C. and New York. Looking to get a bit farther away? Fly anywhere in the country -or the world- from your choice of nearby airports

  • Avelo (Philadelphia/Wilmington ILG)
  • Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI)
  • Philadelphia International Airport
  • Salisbury Regional Airport

One of the fastest-growing, most affordable states in the nation.

Delaware is home to the arts, food, sports, outdoor recreation and more. From our sandy Atlantic beaches and dynamic towns to our global, multicultural residents, living in Delaware offers a fun, unique lifestyle. And people are catching on. Delaware is quickly becoming one of the fastest growing states in the nation – we’ve even recently topped one million residents! But don’t worry, we haven’t lost our sought-after small-town feel.

  • Median household income 8% higher than the national average

  • No sales tax!

  • Third-lowest tax burden in the nation – low property tax and no sales tax

  • Among the states with the lowest gas, residential electricity and home insurance prices

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Delaware residents enjoy a median household income that’s 8% higher than the national average, high-wage job opportunities in a wide range of lucrative industries, and an even more diverse range of affordable housing. Delawareans have their choice from popular mixed-use properties near restaurants and shopping, to spacious suburban single family lots to historic small-town living to beach properties where you can dig your toes in the sand after work. Median rent is just $1,200/month, and three-quarters of Delaware homeowners spend less than $2,000 a month on housing.

Family Friendly
Easy Commute
Relaxed Lifestyle
Emphasis on Community
Natural Beauty

First Time Home Buyer?

Delaware provides down payment assistance money for its residents who are first-time home buyers.

Delaware even offers a “ Kiss Your Landlord Goodbye!” program to help move-up buyers who need more help with a down payment and closing costs.

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New Castle County

Northern Delaware, home to the City of Wilmington, sought-after suburban areas such as Hockessin and Brandywine Hundred, charming Old New Castle and the emerging Middletown-Odessa-Townsend area, is a diverse region and Delaware’s most populated, with more than a half million residents. New Castle County borders Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland.


Restaurants, theater, museums, a beautifully revitalized Riverfront — Wilmington, Delaware has it all. This medium-sized city of about 70,000 has something for everyone in more than 50 distinct neighborhoods from charming brick townhomes to single family homes on tree-lined streets, to luxury high-rise condominiums all within a pleasant walk or easy drive or bike ride to work, recreation and Wilmington’s thriving social scene.


Middletown extends a charming small-town ambiance to its residents, coupled with convenient connectivity to prominent metropolitan areas. Its name originates from its position as the midway point along a historic route connecting the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay, making it a longstanding, welcoming waypoint for travelers within the region.

Newark Delaware aerial view

The Newark Farmers Market is a delightful and lively gathering place in the East Bay. This vibrant market enthusiastically embraces a wide array of farmers, food artisans, and skilled craftspeople. As you explore the vendors, you’ll discover an astonishing diversity of fresh produce and unique products. What truly sets this market apart is its strong connection to the colorful and dynamic community of shoppers who come to show their support and enjoy the lively atmosphere.

Old New Castle

Those who appreciate history will feel right at home in the picturesque City of Old New Castle, named one of the most beautiful small towns in the United States. Those who appreciate history will feel right at home in the picturesque City of Old New Castle, named one of the most beautiful small towns in the United States.


Nestled in the heart of Delaware’s picturesque countryside, Odessa is a charming town that seamlessly blends history with contemporary allure. Steeped in colonial heritage, the town boasts well-preserved 18th and 19th-century architecture, drawing visitors to explore its historic district, including the Corbit-Sharp House and the Old St. Paul’s Church. For art enthusiasts, the Appoquinimink Friends Meeting House offers a glimpse into local creative expressions. Nature lovers can enjoy the tranquility of the nearby Blackbird State Forest or take a leisurely stroll through Odessa’s idyllic parks. 

Kent County

Kent County, or Central Delaware, blends the charms and advantages of both rural and suburban/city living with easy access to both the Delaware and Chesapeake Bays. It’s home to our state capital, Dover, where you’ll find the Dover Air Force Base, Delaware State University, NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway, the Delaware State Fairgrounds in Harrington, and the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. 


he Capitol of Delaware, Dover holds value to it’s landmarks like the historic Green and the Old State House bearing witness to its colonial past. Beyond its historical charm, Dover embraces contemporary living, offering a diverse array of cultural attractions, dining options, and recreational activities. The city’s central location within the state makes it a hub for both residents and visitors alike, and it hosts notable events such as the NASCAR races at Dover International Speedway. Dover strikes a balance between honoring its heritage and embracing the present, making it an intriguing and dynamic destination in the heart of Delaware.


Frederica, DE offers its residents an array of benefits. Frederica offers a variety of career opportunities, with a strong presence in education, healthcare, and government services, along with diverse employment prospects in neighboring cities like Dover and Milford. In their leisure time, locals have the opportunity to partake in numerous outdoor activities, including fishing, boating, and hiking, thanks to the town’s beautiful natural surroundings. Moreover, Frederica is home to the impressive Delaware Turf Sports Complex, a state-of-the-art sports facility that hosts various tournaments, athletic events, and recreational activities. This complex adds an exciting dimension to the town’s recreational scene and provides a hub for sports enthusiasts of all ages. To learn more about the new state of the art sports complex, click here.


Camden, Delaware, is a welcoming and growing community located in Kent County, offering a wealth of benefits to its residents. With its strategic location between the state capital, Dover, and the bustling city of Wilmington, Camden provides easy access to a range of job opportunities and activities. The area is a hub for industries such as healthcare, education, and government services, with both Dover Air Force Base and Bayhealth Kent General Hospital nearby. This variety ensures a diverse and stable job market for its residents. Camden also offers a low cost of living, and a family-friendly environment with quality schools and numerous parks and recreational facilities, making it an ideal location to raise children.

Sussex County

Famous for its beaches and the Rehoboth Boardwalk, living in downstate Sussex County gives you the choice of historic and scenic beach towns or sprawling farmland with the best of both lifestyles. Here you’ll find the freshest access to farm-fresh produce, local seafood, vineyards and boardwalk bites, and activities galore ranging from strolls in the sand to challenging, pristine golf courses. Southern Delaware is a great place to raise a family, relax on vacation, or retire to the good life.

Lewes town center

Lewes is a coastal haven for nature enthusiasts and history buffs alike. Residents enjoy the benefits of a relaxed, small-town atmosphere while still having access to cultural and recreational opportunities. The job market in Lewes is bolstered by its proximity to the larger cities of Dover and Wilmington, making it an appealing location for commuters. Additionally, the healthcare and education sectors are prominent employers in the area, with healthcare facilities like Beebe Healthcare contributing significantly to the local economy.

Rehoboth Beach

Located in the city of Lewes, Rehoboth Beach, a suburban gem stands out as a haven for families with its safe streets and welcoming community atmosphere. For young professionals, the town’s robust job market presents promising opportunities to establish a rewarding career. Rehoboth Beach is also a destination for art enthusiasts, hosting numerous art galleries that contribute to its thriving cultural and arts scene. This vibrant artistic community enriches the town’s cultural tapestry, ensuring there’s always something inspiring to explore and enjoy.

Dewey Beach

Dewey Beach offers another unique blend of relaxed coastal living and vibrant entertainment. With its pristine sandy shores and picturesque vistas of the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a haven for beach lovers and water sports enthusiasts. But Dewey’s appeal extends beyond the sun and surf; it boasts a lively nightlife scene with numerous bars and restaurants, making it a go-to destination for those seeking evening entertainment. The town’s friendly and welcoming atmosphere, combined with its natural beauty and recreational opportunities, make Dewey Beach a must-visit spot for anyone looking to experience the quintessential charm of Delaware’s beach towns.


Located in Sussex County, is a charming and historic town that offers a unique blend of small-town charm and modern amenities. Nestled in the heart of Delaware’s agricultural region, Georgetown boasts a rich cultural heritage, evident in its historic architecture and vibrant community events. The town’s economy is driven by agriculture, healthcare, education, and government services, making it an attractive place for professionals from various fields. With its proximity to major cities like Wilmington and Salisbury, as well as coastal resort towns like Rehoboth Beach, residents have access to a variety of employment opportunities. The low cost of living, picturesque landscapes, and a welcoming community make Georgetown an ideal place to settle down and enjoy a balanced, fulfilling life.


Nestled in the heart of southern Delaware, Milford beckons with a blend of historical allure and contemporary appeal. Take a stroll through the charming downtown, where unique boutiques, antique shops, and art galleries line the streets. History comes to life at the Milford Museum, showcasing the city’s rich past through compelling exhibits. Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the scenic Mispillion River Greenway, perfect for walking, jogging, or simply enjoying nature. For a dose of culture, catch a performance at the Riverfront Theatre or immerse yourself in local art at the Mispillion Art League. Food lovers will appreciate Milford’s diverse culinary scene, featuring cozy cafes and restaurants serving up delicious dishes. The nearby Abbott’s Mill Nature Center offers hiking trails and educational programs, making it an ideal spot for nature lovers and families alike. Milford’s strategic location also provides easy access to Delaware’s stunning beaches and other regional attractions. Whether you’re interested in history, arts, outdoor activities, or simply savoring the local flavors, Milford offers a diverse array of experiences for residents and visitors alike.

Only in Delaware

You can run into the governor in the grocery store or sit next to a congressional rep on the beach. We’re all neighbors here. Join us!