Worst Small Towns In Delaware For 2020


Using science and data, we can tell you which teeny specks in Delaware are the pits.

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Editor’s Note: This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. Don’t freak out we updated this article for 2020. This is our sixth time ranking the worst small places to live in Delaware.

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Most Americans have never been to Delaware. However, as the people who live there know, Delaware is an awesome state.

But is it all roses? Definitely not. Just like any other state, Delaware has its trouble spots. This article aims to determine, using science, the absolute worst small towns to live in the First State. Don't shoot the messenger, this is all using data.

After analyzing more than 29 of Delaware's smallest cities, we came up with this list as the 10 worst small towns in Delaware where you'd never want to live:

So what is the worst small town to call home in delaware for 2020? According to the most recent census data, Laurel is the worst small town to live in Delaware.

Of course, many of these cities would rank highly if they were in other states, since Delaware has its stuff figured out.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers, or scroll to the bottom to see how your town ranked.

And if you already know about the small towns, check out the best places to live in Delaware or the worst places to live in Delaware.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the worst cities in America or the worst states in America.

The 10 Worst Small Towns In Delaware For 2020

Laurel, DE

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,211
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $145,500 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.8% (14th worst)
More on Laurel:  Data | Photos

Delmar, DE

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,790
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $147,600 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.5% (8th worst)
More on Delmar:  Data | Photos

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,366
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $150,800 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.0% (9th worst)
More on Blades:  Data

Newport, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,335
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $192,600 (12th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 12.2% (2nd worst)
More on Newport:  Data | Photos

Cheswold, DE

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,313
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $83,100 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.8% (3rd worst)
More on Cheswold:  Data

The Old Town area of Cheswold is located at the intersection of Main Street and Commerce Street west of the Delmarva Central Railroad tracks and serves as the oldest settled part of the town. Cheswold is made up of several residential communities, including Parkers Run, Strimmels Mobile Home Park, Fox Pointe Mobile Home Park, Blanton Mobile Home Park, Stonington, and Nobles Pond.

Cheswold has a post office for P.O. boxes with a ZIP code of 19936. However, the delivery of mail in Cheswold is handled by the Dover post office with a ZIP code of 19904. The Cheswold name may be used for mail delivered to addresses in town with the 19904 ZIP code.

Millsboro, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,238
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $206,200 (13th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.1% (21st worst)
More on Millsboro:  Data | Photos

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,719
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $184,100 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.8% (5th worst)
More on Delaware City:  Data

Greenwood, DE

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,017
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $150,800 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.8% (11th worst)
More on Greenwood:  Data | Photos

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,370
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Median Home Value: $136,100 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.1% (1st worst)
More on Rodney Village:  Data

Bridgeville, DE

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,696
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $268,600 (21st worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.6% (7th worst)
More on Bridgeville:  Data | Photos

How do you decide if a place is lousy or not?

In order to rank the worst small towns to live in Delaware, we had to determine what criteria people like or dislike about a place. It isn't a stretch to assume that people like low crime, solid education, things to do and a stable economy.

So we scraped the internet for those criteria, and it spit out the answer. Like magic.

How we determined the worst small towns to live in Delaware for 2020

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data and the Census's 2014-2018 American Community Survey, this is the criteria we used:

  • Population Density (The lower the worse)
  • Highest Unemployment Rates
  • Low housing costs (meaning there's no demand)
  • Adjusted Median Income (Median income adjusted for the cost of living)
  • Education (Number of high school dropouts)
  • High Crime

We looked at cities with populations between 1,000 and 5,000 people, of which, there were a lot - 29 to be exact.

Additional note: We get the crime numbers from the FBI, which gets its crime numbers from the cities themselves. Dropout numbers are based on the adult population, not just the current graduation rates of teenagers.

This list is a scientific analysis based on real data and is completely unbiased.

There You Have It - The Worst Small Towns In Delaware

If you're analyzing teeny places in the First State with the worst economic situations, where there's high crime and there's not a lot to do, this is an accurate list.

If you're curious enough, here are the best small towns to live in Delaware, according to science:

  1. Greenville (Pop. 2,333)
  2. Townsend (Pop. 2,332)
  3. Rehoboth Beach (Pop. 1,281)

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Delaware

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Laurel 4,211 5.8% $145,500
2 Delmar 1,790 8.5% $147,600
3 Blades 1,366 8.0% $150,800
4 Newport 1,335 12.2% $192,600
5 Cheswold 1,313 11.8% $83,100
6 Millsboro 4,238 4.1% $206,200
7 Delaware City 1,719 10.8% $184,100
8 Greenwood 1,017 7.8% $150,800
9 Rodney Village 1,370 15.1% $136,100
10 Bridgeville 2,696 10.6% $268,600
11 Harrington 3,667 2.5% $158,300
12 Kent Acres 2,429 7.4% $210,900
13 Selbyville 2,252 1.1% $267,800
14 Felton 1,478 10.7% $183,100
15 Rising Sun-Lebanon 4,263 5.5% $276,500
16 Long Neck 2,556 3.7% $73,800
17 Clayton 3,237 5.2% $220,400
18 Millville 1,877 5.5% $318,200
19 Milton 2,840 2.8% $277,800
20 Ocean View 2,198 3.9% $336,100
21 Camden 3,469 0.1% $211,800
22 Wyoming 1,437 3.1% $177,500
23 Riverview 2,684 4.4% $261,300
24 Highland Acres 3,645 6.9% $243,500
25 Bellefonte 1,140 5.3% $223,500
26 Lewes 3,118 1.2% $540,200
27 Greenville 2,333 0.9% $682,000
28 Townsend 2,332 2.8% $324,700
29 Rehoboth Beach 1,281 2.8% $926,200

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