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 27 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 2019? 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.
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 2019
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 2013-2017 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 – 27 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.
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $114,600 (2nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.5% (2nd 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.
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $143,800 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (11th worst)
More on Blades: Data
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $188,700 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.0% (5th worst)
More on Delaware City: Data
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:
- Townsend (Pop. 2,195)
- Greenville (Pop. 2,305)
- Rehoboth Beach (Pop. 1,218)
For more Delaware reading, check out:
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Delaware
- 10 Safest Places In Delaware
- 10 Best Cities For Singles In Delaware
- 10 Worst Places To Live In Delaware
Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Delaware