These Are The 10 Most Miserable Cities In Delaware

We used science and data to determine which places in Delaware are the unhappiest of all.

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Do you live in one of the most miserable places in Delaware?

According to a Harris Poll taken in October of 2015, only a third of Americans say they are truly happy. That’s too bad, considering that Americans – especially folks in Delaware – don’t really have it too bad, in the grand scheme of things.

But, we were curious – which Delaware cities might be the most miserable? We’re about to find out, using science and data.

After analyzing the largest cities, we sadly present the most miserable cities in the First State:

  1. Woodside East
  2. Wilmington (Photos)
  3. Laurel
  4. Harrington
  5. Milton
  6. Long Neck
  7. Bridgeville
  8. Newark (Photos)
  9. Claymont
  10. Milford (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. If you have a smile on your face, you probably don’t live in one of these cities.

Oh, and by the way, North Star is the happiest place in Delaware.

Or check out the Most Miserable Cities In America.

If you’re looking for something more positive, check out the best states in America or the best places to live in America.


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How We Measured The Most Miserable Cities In Delaware

In order to rank the unhappiest places in Delaware, we had to determine what criteria makes people happy. It isn’t a stretch to assume that happy people earn great salaries, are relatively stress free, and have a stable home life.

So we went to the Census’s American Community Survey 2010-2014 report for the criteria, flipped the list, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible:

  • Percentage of residents with a college degree
  • Average commute times
  • Unemployment rates
  • Cost of living
  • % of married couples
  • % of home owners
  • Poverty rate

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 108 places in Delaware with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 35 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the most miserable (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Miserable Index for each place with the lowest overall Miserable Index ‘earning’ the title ‘Most Miserable City In Delaware’.

If you’d like to see the complete list of states, most miserable to happiest, scroll to the bottom of this post to see the unabridged chart.


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1. Woodside East

Population: 2,140
People Who Own Their Home: 47.51%
Married Adults: 28.65%

2. Wilmington

Wilmington, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,263
People Who Own Their Home: 39.0%
Married Adults: 27.11%

3. Laurel

Laurel, Delaware

Source: Google Maps

Population: 3,842
People Who Own Their Home: 49.82%
Married Adults: 35.71%

4. Harrington

Harrington, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,643
People Who Own Their Home: 40.96%
Married Adults: 32.46%

5. Milton

Milton, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,656
People Who Own Their Home: 51.55%
Married Adults: 36.51%

6. Long Neck

Long Neck, Delaware

Source: Google Maps

Population: 2,119
People Who Own Their Home: 35.52%
Married Adults: 52.09%

7. Bridgeville

Bridgeville, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,359
People Who Own Their Home: 59.42%
Married Adults: 53.75%

8. Newark

Newark, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,278
People Who Own Their Home: 50.32%
Married Adults: 28.64%

9. Claymont

Claymont, Delaware

Source: Google Maps

Population: 9,242
People Who Own Their Home: 58.98%
Married Adults: 45.87%

10. Milford

Milford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,882
People Who Own Their Home: 52.97%
Married Adults: 51.55%

There You Have It

Like we said earlier, trying to determine the most miserable cities in {state} is usually a subjective matter. But if you’re analyzing cities where people are not stable, where you’re stuck in traffic, and no one spent the time to go to college, then this is an accurate list.

If you’re curious enough, here are the happiest cities in {state}, according to science:
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Detailed List Of Miserable Places In Delaware

City Rank People Who Own Their Home
Woodside East 1 47.51%
Wilmington 2 39.0%
Laurel 3 49.82%
Harrington 4 40.96%
Milton 5 51.55%
Long Neck 6 35.52%
Bridgeville 7 59.42%
Newark 8 50.32%
Claymont 9 58.98%
Milford 10 52.97%
Elsmere 11 54.11%
Seaford 12 39.21%
Edgemoor 13 55.28%
Dover 14 44.8%
Millsboro 15 43.93%
Bear 16 61.7%
Smyrna 17 60.67%
Rising Sun-Lebanon 18 53.65%
Selbyville 19 57.96%
Clayton 20 74.77%
Wilmington Manor 21 75.09%
Brookside 22 59.7%
New Castle 23 61.87%
Glasgow 24 81.92%
Dover Base Housing 25 0.0%
Lewes 26 41.45%
Pike Creek Valley 27 60.9%
Greenville 28 42.21%
Riverview 29 87.16%
Camden 30 72.22%
Townsend 31 87.27%
Highland Acres 32 70.79%
Hockessin 33 91.18%
Pike Creek 34 88.06%
North Star 35 98.26%
About Nick Johnson

Nick Johnson earned his masters in Business Administration from the Drucker School At Claremont Graduate University. He has written for 39 publications across the country and ran the media relations department at Movoto, a real estate portal based in San Francisco. He has been featured in over 500 publications as an expert in real estate and as an authority on real estate trends.

Nick's the creator of the HomeSnacks YouTube channel that now has over 260,000 subscribers and is an excellent source to learn about different parts of the country.