These Are The 10 Worst Small Towns In Delaware For 2018


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

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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 24 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:

  1. Leipsic
  2. Kenton
  3. Ellendale
  4. Woodside
  5. Frankford
  6. Frederica
  7. Bowers
  8. Little Creek
  9. Houston
  10. Dagsboro

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.

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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 crunched the numbers

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using FBI crime data, the Census’s 2010-2014 American Community Survey, and the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 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 100 and 1,000 people, of which, there were a lot – 24 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.

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1. Leipsic


Population: 145
Median Income: $40,179
Median Home Value: $132,800

2. Kenton


Population: 256
Median Income: $38,472
Median Home Value: $158,300

3. Ellendale


Population: 421
Median Income: $42,361
Median Home Value: $167,900

4. Woodside


Population: 169
Median Income: $52,321
Median Home Value: $175,000

5. Frankford


Population: 840
Median Income: $41,146
Median Home Value: $182,500

6. Frederica


Population: 994
Median Income: $54,375
Median Home Value: $147,600

7. Bowers


Population: 316
Median Income: $54,167
Median Home Value: $220,800

8. Little Creek


Population: 204
Median Income: $48,750
Median Home Value: $138,500

9. Houston


Population: 389
Median Income: $63,125
Median Home Value: $174,500

10. Dagsboro


Population: 931
Median Income: $52,500
Median Home Value: $187,300

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. Best: Henlopen Acres
  2. 2nd Best: Arden
  3. 3rd Best: Fenwick Island

For more reading, check out:

  • 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Delaware
  • 10 Worst Places To Live In Delaware
  • 10 Safest Places In Delaware
  • Ranking Of The 100 Worst Small Towns In Delaware

    City Rank Population Home Price
    Leipsic 1 145 $132,800
    Kenton 2 256 $158,300
    Ellendale 3 421 $167,900
    Woodside 4 169 $175,000
    Frankford 5 840 $182,500
    Frederica 6 994 $147,600
    Bowers 7 316 $220,800
    Little Creek 8 204 $138,500
    Houston 9 389 $174,500
    Dagsboro 10 931 $187,300
    Farmington 11 107 $162,500
    Bethel 12 181 $212,500
    Magnolia 13 203 $178,300
    Odessa 14 632 $238,000
    Viola 15 185 $167,500
    Dewey Beach 16 289 $544,100
    Slaughter Beach 17 222 $461,800
    Arde 18 311 $307,300
    Ardencroft 19 255 $320,800
    Bethany Beach 20 871 $477,900
    South Bethany 21 424 $678,400
    Fenwick Island 22 398 $822,200
    Arden 23 485 $338,000
    Henlopen Acres 24 159 $1,859,400

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