The 10 Worst Small Towns In Delaware For 2022


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 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the worst small places to live in Delaware.

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 33 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 2022:

  1. Laurel
  2. Cheswold
  3. Blades
  4. Delmar
  5. Woodside East
  6. Kent Acres
  7. Dagsboro
  8. Harrington
  9. Bridgeville
  10. Long Neck

So what is the worst small town to call home in Delaware for 2022? 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 2022

1. Laurel

Laurel, DE

Source: Wikipedia
Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,311
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $155,600 (3rd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.2% (2worst)
More on Laurel:  Data | Photos

2. Cheswold

Cheswold, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,673
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $160,700 (5th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.2% (4th worst)
More on Cheswold:  Data

3. Blades

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,123
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Median Home Value: $157,300 (4th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 6.4% (10th worst)
More on Blades:  Data

4. Delmar

Delmar, DE

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 2,153
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $171,100 (7th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 2.8% (23rd worst)
More on Delmar:  Data | Photos

5. Woodside East

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 2,167
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Median Home Value: $1,000 (1000th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 8.1% (5th worst)
More on Woodside East:  Data

6. Kent Acres

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,832
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Median Home Value: $181,500 (8th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.9% (16th worst)
More on Kent Acres:  Data

7. Dagsboro

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 1,026
Rank Last Year: -
Median Home Value: $232,400 (17th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 5.7% (11th worst)
More on Dagsboro:

8. Harrington

Harrington, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,658
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Median Home Value: $187,400 (9th worst)
Unemployment Rate: 4.7% (13th worst)
More on Harrington:  Data | Photos

9. Bridgeville

Bridgeville, DE

Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,508
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Median Home Value: $312,000 (22nd worst)
Unemployment Rate: 3.8% (17th worst)
More on Bridgeville:  Data | Photos

10. Long Neck

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 2,869
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Median Home Value: $89,800 (worst)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (6th worst)
More on Long Neck:  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 2022

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 2016-2020 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 - 33 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. 2,448)
  2. St. Georges (Pop. 1,045)
  3. Townsend (Pop. 2,546)

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Worst Small Towns In Delaware

Rank Town Population Unemployment Rate Home Value
1 Laurel 4,311 3.2% $155,600
2 Cheswold 1,673 8.2% $160,700
3 Blades 1,123 6.4% $157,300
4 Delmar 2,153 2.8% $171,100
5 Woodside East 2,167 8.1% $1,000
6 Kent Acres 1,832 3.9% $181,500
7 Dagsboro 1,026 5.7% $232,400
8 Harrington 3,658 4.7% $187,400
9 Bridgeville 3,508 3.8% $312,000
10 Long Neck 2,869 7.4% $89,800
11 Delaware City 1,779 7.1% $189,300
12 Rodney Village 1,165 11.5% $136,900
13 Greenwood 1,127 2.7% $166,600
14 Selbyville 2,520 0.5% $322,400
15 Wyoming 1,596 14.4% $191,500
16 Riverview 2,557 3.7% $213,300
17 Camden 3,529 2.9% $218,300
18 Felton 1,191 5.6% $205,600
19 Millsboro 4,448 1.3% $212,200
20 Rising Sun-Lebanon 4,170 3.6% $279,600
21 Millville 1,484 3.5% $335,900
22 Highland Acres 3,913 6.9% $239,300
23 Dover Base Housing 3,620 6.6% $1,000
24 Milton 2,993 2.1% $301,800
25 Clayton 3,393 2.6% $256,300
26 Rehoboth Beach 1,588 13.1% $1,147,600
27 Lewes 3,266 0.8% $612,700
28 Bellefonte 1,109 4.7% $226,400
29 Ocean View 2,637 0.8% $367,800
30 Bethany Beach 1,150 4.4% $571,700
31 Greenville 2,448 2.5% $733,300
32 St. Georges 1,045 2.4% $339,500
33 Townsend 2,546 2.5% $334,400

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