Best counties to live in Delaware

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June 17, 2021
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Best counties to live in Delaware

What makes a particular county the best? Oftentimes, it's a good mix of opportunities for fun outdoor activities and cultural attractions. Throw in some historical sites, good schools, job opportunities, and affordable housing, and the county will most likely have happy residents.

Stacker compiled a list of the best counties to live in Delaware using rankings from Niche. Niche ranks counties by a variety of factors including: public schools, educational attainment, cost of living, and housing.

Many counties on the list are experiencing growth due to their job opportunities, education, or home values. Others are adored for their historic or well-designed value, or devotion to cultural opportunities. Keep reading to see if your county made the list.

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#3. Kent County

- Population: 176,699
- Median home value: $220,600 (69% own)
- Median rent: $1,084 (31% rent)
- Median household income: $60,910
- Top public schools: Dover Air Force Base Middle School (A), Maj. George S. Welch Elementary School (A), Allen Frear Elementary School (A)
- Top private schools: Calvary Christian Academy (B), Holy Cross School (unavailable), Central Christian School (unavailable)
- Top places to live: Highland Acres (A), Camden (A), Felton (A)
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#2. Sussex County

- Population: 224,384
- Median home value: $258,600 (80% own)
- Median rent: $1,030 (20% rent)
- Median household income: $63,162
- Top public schools: Sussex Academy (A), Sussex Technical High School (A), Beacon Middle School (A)
- Top private schools: Delmarva Christian Schools (B+), Greenwood Mennonite School (B), Geneva Academy (A)
- Top places to live: Rehoboth Beach (A+), Lewes (A), Millville (A)
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#1. New Castle County

- Population: 556,165
- Median home value: $260,800 (68% own)
- Median rent: $1,163 (32% rent)
- Median household income: $73,892
- Top public schools: Charter School of Wilmington (A+), Newark Charter School (A+), CAB Calloway School of the Arts (A+)
- Top private schools: St. Andrew's School (A+), Tower Hill School (A+), Wilmington Friends School (A+)
- Top places to live: Happy Valley (A+), Forty Acres (A+), Trolley Square (A+)

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