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14 Reasons to Relocate to Coastal Delaware

Tyler Michaels

Tyler Michaels, Team Marketing Coordinator, is a graduate of Penn State where he earned a bachelor's degree in business marketing...

Tyler Michaels, Team Marketing Coordinator, is a graduate of Penn State where he earned a bachelor's degree in business marketing...

Jun 3 6 minutes read

Located in southern Delaware, the coastal region of Sussex County represents one of the fastest-growing coastal areas on the east coast. The area has long been a vacation destination, but it has begun to grow independent of the seasonal influx of travelers and tourists. With a thriving nightlife, scenic natural vistas, and close proximity to attractions in neighboring states, Coastal Delaware represents one of the best places for people to relocate when they're in the market for a coastal home. 

Here are our 14 top reasons to relocate to Coastal Delaware.

1 | The Beaches

If you're looking for an uncrowded beach, deep sea fishing, or boardwalk attractions, Sussex County's beaches are the perfect spot.  Delaware boasts 26 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline, 25 miles of Delaware Bay coastline, and 115 miles of inland bay coastline.

From fun-and-friendly Rehoboth to young-and-lively Dewey, explore all the Delaware Beaches HERE.


2 | Location

The Sussex County Beaches are only a few short hours from regional hubs and international airports. 

• Washington D.C. | 116 miles, 2 hour drive 

• Baltimore, MD | 117 miles, 2 hour drive 

• Philadelphia, PA | 120 miles, 2 hour drive 

• New York City | 206 miles, 3 hour drive


3 | Low Real Estate Taxes

Property tax in Sussex County is extremely low with an average property tax rate of 0.32%. For example, a $400,000 home in Lewes, DE, would run you about $1,300/year in taxes.  

 Compared to other state’s average property tax for a $400,000 home:

Virginia: $3,100/year  

Maryland: $4,300/year

Pennsylvania:  $6,000/year

New York: $6,300/year

New Jersey:  $9,000/year


4 | "Most Tax-Friendly State"

Delaware is one of the few states which does not impose a state or local sales tax on goods.  The price you see on the tag is the price you pay!  Did you know? Sussex County residents of 10 or more years are eligible to receive a reduction in school taxes.


5 | Golf Courses Galore

Sussex County is home to over 14 golf courses and country clubs. Some of the local favorites include: 

• Plantation Lakes Golf & Country Club | Millsboro, DE

• Bear Trap Dunes | Ocean View, DE 

• Bayside Resort Golf Club | Selbyville, DE 

• The Rookery Golf Club South | Milton, DE


6 | Healthcare Services

Highlighting Sussex County’s healthcare services is the BRAND NEW Bayhealth Hospital in Milford, DE. Located in Lewes, DE, is the Beebe Medical Center. You can find various satellite campuses across Sussex County.


7 | 12,000+ Acres of State Parks

Explore 5 state parks encompassing over 12,000 acres of scenic and historical land. Walking, camping, bird watching, biking, and fishing are just some of the many things to do. 

• Cape Henlopen State Park  

• Delaware Seashore State Park 

• Holts Landing State Park 

• Fenwick Island State Park  

• Trap Pond State Park 


8 | Award-Winning Restaurants

From upscale coastal cuisine to best-kept local secrets, our beach towns are home to hundreds of award-winning restaurants. The Coastal Delaware region also boasts some of the most exciting nightlife in the Mid-Atlantic region. 


9 | Events & Festivals

Exciting events and festivals are held throughout Coastal Delaware all year long, including:  

• Sea Witch Halloween & Fiddlers Festival 

• Rehoboth Beach Film Festival 

• Lewes Polar Plunge

• Dewey Beach Triathlon  


10 | Activities & Sports

Delaware’s natural environment offers an endless supply of outdoor recreation from hiking or biking the Breakwater Trail, or kayaking the inland bays and estuaries.  

Additionally, Delaware has been ranked the Most Bicycle-Friendly State East of the Mississippi River. Take a ride on the BRAND NEW Lewes-Georgetown Trail spanning 17 miles from Lewes to Georgetown.


11 | Educational Opportunities

A diverse selection of public and private schools service the Coastal Delaware region;  from award-winning preschools, elementary schools, high schools, universities, and life-long learning institutions.


12 | Breweries

Across the coastal region you can find various award-winning breweries such as Dogfish Head and Crooked Hammock. We recommend visiting the Dogfish Head distillery in Milton, DE...certainly a local favorite. 


13 | Museums & History

Sussex County is known for its historical influences and has many museums to explore and learn about its history, including the: 

• Zwaanendael Museum 

• Lightship Overfalls Maritime Museum 

• Fort Miles Museum 

• Indian River Life Saving Station Museum 

• Rehoboth Beach Museum


14 | Cape May-Lewes Ferry

Recognized as one of the seven most scenic ferry rides in the United States, the Cape May-Lewes Ferry service operates three vessels—the MV Delaware, MV New Jersey, and MV Cape Henlopen.  

The Ferry will take you and your car from Lewes, DE, to Cape May, NJ, in just 80 minutes! 



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