The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Delaware For 2022

We used science and data to determine which cities in Delaware have the best set up for children: a lot to do, good schools, and no crime.

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It's that time of year again, HomeSnacks has ranked the best places for families in Delaware; and this year, The First State's most family friendly places really brought their A-game. But, before we let you in on Delaware's top ten best places for families, we should tell you a little bit about how we determined the state's most family friendly places for 2022.

First, we consulted the US Census on places in Delaware with more than 1,000 residents. We looked at several factors including crime, education, family friendly activities, and the percent of households that currently have children. We then entered it into our snackability formula and ended up with 25 family friendly Delaware places that any family would be lucky to call home. Are we at all surprised that some of Delaware's best places to raise a family are also Delaware's safest? Not at all. These two qualities usually go hand-in-hand. And in true Delaware fashion, the most family friendly places in this state are super safe, schools are top notch, unemployment is low, and there are a ton of safe activities for everyone.

And speaking of education, we know that Delaware is pretty tiny--it's one of the least populated states in the country, and surprisingly, this state has 33 Blue Ribbon schools: five of which have been recognized nationally. Not to mention, universities, like the University of Delaware in Newark offer competitive degrees in engineering, business, and medicine. And, folks, educating the future of Delaware is a good thing because The Small Wonder has a lot to offer.

More importantly, if you're looking for safe, family friendly cities and neighborhoods, amazing schools, large green spaces, and just overall good family friendly fun, keep reading.

The 10 Best Cities To Raise A Family In Delaware For 2022

  1. Lewes
  2. Clayton
  3. New Castle
  4. Smyrna
  5. Delmar
  6. Bridgeville
  7. Harrington
  8. Blades
  9. Selbyville
  10. Newark

There might be some surprises on this list, but when you look at the unbiased data, it's hard to argue against the numbers. We've had more than ten million people read our published articles and we've been featured in hundreds of media outlets for our best of the best rankings. So, yes, we know what we're talking about.

So, what is the best place to raise a family in Delaware? Well according to the US Census Lewes is the best of the best if you care about a good education, low crime, and a high quality of life. And we're pretty sure that you do.

To see how your favorite places in Delaware compared, take a look at the list below; and if you don't see it there, head to the bottom.

Check out some more reading about Delaware and the best places for families in the country:

The 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Delaware For 2022

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 3,266
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 68
Closest Major City: Philadelphia
Households with kids: 5.4%
More on Lewes: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Lewes, DE

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 3,393
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 34
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 59.3%
More on Clayton: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Clayton, DE

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 5,302
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 54
Closest Major City: Philadelphia
Households with kids: 14.6%
More on New Castle: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

New Castle, DE

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 11,694
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 42
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 40.3%
More on Smyrna: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Smyrna, DE

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,153
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 51
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 32.8%
More on Delmar: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Delmar, DE

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 3,508
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 35
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 24.5%
More on Bridgeville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Bridgeville, DE

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Overall SnackAbility


Population: 3,658
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 43
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 39.8%
More on Harrington: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Harrington, DE

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 1,123
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 39
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 42.7%
More on Blades: Homes For Sale | Data

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 2,520
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 47
Closest Major City: Baltimore
Households with kids: 28.0%
More on Selbyville: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Selbyville, DE

Overall SnackAbility


Population: 33,822
Family Friendly Amenities Score: 55
Closest Major City: Philadelphia
Households with kids: 18.5%
More on Newark: PhotosHomes For Sale | Data

Newark, DE

Methodology: How do you determine which place is best for families in Delaware anyways?

To give you the places in Delaware which are best for families, we have to look at a handful of metrics. Of course, we want to measure the type of people who live in each city, and make some assumptions about what's family-friendly and what isn't.

So we researched the internet for a database that contains all that information.

How we crunched the family friendly numbers for the First State

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using U.S. Census data produced for the state of Delaware, we looked at every single city in the state. We paid particular attention to:

  • Crime (Both violent and property)
  • Quality of local schools
  • Distance to a major city without necessarily being in it
  • % of households with children
  • Family-friendly amenities nearby (museums, libraries and colleges)

We then gave each city a Family Score.

The higher the score, the better the city is for families. We also limited our results to cities with populations over 1,000 people. For Delaware, that meant a total of 25 cities. You can download the data here.

Summary: The Best Places To Raise A Family In Delaware

If you're looking for a breakdown of cities in Delaware ranked by criteria that most would agree make a place a great spot for families, this is an accurate list.

Here's a look at the best cities for singles Delaware according to the data:

  1. Camden
  2. Ocean View
  3. Wilmington

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Where Are The Best Places For Families In Delaware?

Rank City Population Amenities Score
1 Lewes, DE 3,266 57
2 Clayton, DE 3,393 48
3 New Castle, DE 5,302 59
4 Smyrna, DE 11,694 61
5 Delmar, DE 2,153 58
6 Bridgeville, DE 3,508 38
7 Harrington, DE 3,658 34
8 Blades, DE 1,123 42
9 Selbyville, DE 2,520 38
10 Newark, DE 33,822 55

How Is The Area In ?

Editor's Note: We updated this article for 2022. This is our ninth time ranking the best cities for families in Delaware.

About Chris Kolmar

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