These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Delaware For 2019


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 . This is our fourth 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 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:

These are the worst small towns in Delaware for 2019:

  1. Laurel (Photos)
  2. Delmar (Photos)
  3. Newport (Photos)
  4. Cheswold
  5. Blades
  6. Harrington (Photos)
  7. Millsboro (Photos)
  8. Delaware City
  9. Bridgeville (Photos)
  10. Greenwood (Photos)

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.

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.

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.

Laurel, DE

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,147
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $143,000 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (10th worst)
More on Laurel:  Data | Photos

Delmar, DE

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 1,704
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $141,800 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.2% (4th worst)
More on Delmar:  Data | Photos

Newport, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,295
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $186,200 (10th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 15.0% (1st worst)
More on Newport:  Data | Photos

Cheswold, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,239
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.

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,382
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $143,800 (6th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.3% (11th worst)
More on Blades:  Data

Harrington, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,664
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $165,800 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 9.0% (8th worst)
More on Harrington:  Data | Photos

Millsboro, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,181
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $208,000 (16th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.0% (23rd worst)
More on Millsboro:  Data | Photos

Source: Public Domain
Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,991
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $188,700 (11th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 11.0% (5th worst)
More on Delaware City:  Data

Bridgeville, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 2,480
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Median Home Value: $258,900 (22nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 10.8% (6th worst)
More on Bridgeville:  Data | Photos

Greenwood, DE

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 1,147
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Median Home Value: $155,900 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.2% (20th worst)
More on Greenwood:  Data | Photos

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. Townsend (Pop. 2,195)
  2. Greenville (Pop. 2,305)
  3. Rehoboth Beach (Pop. 1,218)

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Delaware

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Laurel 4,147 8.1% $143,000
2 Delmar 1,704 11.2% $141,800
3 Newport 1,295 15.0% $186,200
4 Cheswold 1,239 11.5% $114,600
5 Blades 1,382 7.3% $143,800
6 Harrington 3,664 9.0% $165,800
7 Millsboro 4,181 4.0% $208,000
8 Delaware City 1,991 11.0% $188,700
9 Bridgeville 2,480 10.8% $258,900
10 Greenwood 1,147 5.2% $155,900
11 Selbyville 2,245 1.9% $258,800
12 Rodney Village 1,231 6.5% $136,800
13 Kent Acres 2,369 8.8% $189,400
14 Felton 1,405 11.5% $191,200
15 Clayton 3,134 6.0% $198,400
16 Long Neck 2,716 3.9% $74,900
17 Milton 2,792 5.1% $252,900
18 Millville 1,709 6.6% $291,900
19 Camden 3,486 2.6% $199,400
20 Wyoming 1,554 3.0% $169,300
21 Highland Acres 3,775 6.0% $238,700
22 Ocean View 2,150 3.7% $337,600
23 Lewes 2,961 1.3% $512,100
24 Bellefonte 1,202 5.7% $221,200
25 Townsend 2,195 4.3% $313,900
26 Greenville 2,305 1.9% $667,400
27 Rehoboth Beach 1,218 2.6% $878,900

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