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Lisa

UK

#1 Jul 1, 2006
hi i live in england at the moment. im lookin to move to the states in the next couple of years. can anyone tell me what its like to live in delaware

house size / prices
weather
universities
etc

cheers
Joe

Plainfield, IL

#2 Jul 1, 2006
We moved to Delaware in 2000. My wife and I are retired and love the area. We live in Sussex County (Southern Delaware).

Housing prices have risen dramatically since 2000. Houses close to the ocean are are priced over a million, while those inland are more reasonable. The weather is temperate, no real extremes. We do get hot times in the summer, but the winter is somewhat mild with occasional snow. There are a couple of community colleges, but no major university nearby. The cultural activities are somewhat limited, but the way of life and cost of living mare than make up for that. Northern Delaware is more cosmopolitan. Wilmington and Newark being the major cities, with universities, musuems, and theatre closeby. We like the rural area, but realize this is not for everyone. So the choice is yours!
dan

Jersey City, NJ

#3 Jul 3, 2006
if you are coming to the states, TRUST ME, there are MUC BETTER PLACES to live than delaware. The state is small, weather unpredictable, and the schools are terrible. Yes there is a good university here, but overall its not nearly as good a place to live as nearby Pennsylvania.

Delaware is basically a suburb of Philadelphia in my book. If you do come to Delaware , most definately stay away from Wilmington and its terrible murder rate. The city is crap, as noone really lives in center city. North Wilmington near the PA border is not so bad, but your still stuck with Delaware crappy school system.

Well thats my opinion!

dan
dan

Jersey City, NJ

#4 Jul 3, 2006
sorry. i just read that last post and realize I didnt run a spell check. Hope you still understood my point..
Harry

Avenel, NJ

#5 Jul 4, 2006
Lisa wrote:
hi i live in england at the moment. im lookin to move to the states in the next couple of years. can anyone tell me what its like to live in delaware
house size / prices
weather
universities
etc
cheers
We're moving to De from NJ end of 06...Looking forward to laid back atmosphere north of Dover...Low taxes, Phila about 1 hr Wash DC about 2 hr, Casinos in NJ 3 hr, NYC 4 hr...Area boom cresting, We're building 3 br/2ba rancher for under $250K
Bob Davis

Cincinnati, OH

#6 Jul 7, 2006
The traffic is terrible , the whole Eastern Shore is one big speed trap, especially in Delaware and it`s a vast music wasteland.This is from someone that managed to escape and doesn`t come back much anymore.
Sam Jones

Wilmington, DE

#7 Jul 8, 2006
Thinking about moving from NJ to the Milton, DE area. Town looks ready for a comeback. Any thougts
DGD

Woodstown, NJ

#8 Jul 12, 2006
dan wrote:
if you are coming to the states, TRUST ME, there are MUC BETTER PLACES to live than delaware. The state is small, weather unpredictable, and the schools are terrible. Yes there is a good university here, but overall its not nearly as good a place to live as nearby Pennsylvania.
Delaware is basically a suburb of Philadelphia in my book. If you do come to Delaware , most definately stay away from Wilmington and its terrible murder rate. The city is crap, as noone really lives in center city. North Wilmington near the PA border is not so bad, but your still stuck with Delaware crappy school system.
Well thats my opinion!
dan
dan, the only reason you think delaware is a suburb of philli is because you live in Jersey. Dont talk smack about delaware. there is a lot to do here. Get out of Jersey and figure out what the real world is like; but dont come down here cause we dont want your trash. I will agree with you that the public school system is crap. But Jersey is all crap. What does the size of state have to do with anything?
Ryan

Easton, MD

#9 Jul 18, 2006
Hey Lisa,

I've been living in Manhattan New York for the last year and moved to Delaware from Phoenix in 1990. I couldn't wait to leave, but now that I'm gone, I'm trying to get back. there's only so much to do in the city, then you're ready to go back. I can get to NYC in 2 hours from the bus station in Wilmington DE, and Philly, D.C. and Baltimore, as well as several beaches are all nearby. Plus Delaware is way less expensive and you don't have to live in a cracker box. yeah its a little slower there, but the average person spends most of their time working, then too tired in the evening to do much more than a few errands and tv or read, so what's the difference where you live when you can be in all the coolest places on the east coast in a few hours???
-Ryan
Delaware resident

Carteret, NJ

#10 Jul 24, 2006
I have lived in Delaware all my life except for several years in the Navy.

Delaware has three counties: New Castle, Kent, and Sussex

New Castle contains the city of Wilmington. Several very large credit card banks have their offices here (MBNA/Bank of America, and Chase) as well as the Chemical company Dupont and its spin-offs AstraZeneca and Hercules. Other companies include ING (investments) and AIG (insurance) Many US companies incorporate in Delaware due to the very business favorable laws here. Unfortunately, after the workers go home at 6pm, Wilmington center is deserted and almost everything closes. There is a playhouse, theatre company, minor league baseball team, and opera house. These are mostly supported by company donations and attended by company execs. Wilmington has a large african-american and hispanic population, and its schools were so poor that through lawsuits, judges have determined that children must be bussed out of the city to suburban schools in New Castle, and vice-versa. Wilmington defintely has the highest crime rate in the state.

The college town of Newark is also in New Castle county. Built mostly to support the needs of the University of Delaware, it is a typical college town. The UDel is well regarded and brings in ice skaters from around the world to train at its facilities. There is some friction between the residents of the town and the students over noise and access (parking here is horrible)

BTW, smoking is banned in all delaware public buildings including restaurants and bars and you must be 18 to buy cigarettes. You can only buy alcohol including beer in liquor stores and must be age 21.

The rest of New Castle county is urban, suburban sprawl. While the roads all lead to Wilmington for the daily commute, the public transportation system is pretty much limited to buses (with a train line from Newark to Wilmington to Philadelphia run by Philadelphia public transport). There are very few buses in the evening and almost none at night.

There are no sales taxes in Delaware, one of only 3 states without a sales tax. The state makes much of this to lure people from surrounding states to shop here.

Delaware gets its revenue from Income Taxes, corporate taxes, and fees. Each county levies its own property tax, and each school district levies its own tax bases on property as well.

People from New Castle consider the rest of 'lower' Delaware to be 'slower' Delaware, partly due to the high retirement/resort population in Sussex county, and partly due to urban versus farming rivalry.
Delaware resident

Carteret, NJ

#11 Jul 24, 2006
Kent county contains the Capital, Dover which contains a Nascar race track. Delaware recently allowed slot machines in its race tracks which bring in lots of money for the state. Surrounding states have just passed laws allowing casinos as well, so the future is a bit uncertain for these places.

Sussex county contains the resort beach areas. There has been much 'development' in this county as so many want to be close to the beaches. This county also supports many chicken farms and regular farms which cause new residents difficulties with the associated smells. Many farmers are selling their farms due to the high demand for more houses.

The traffic during the summer, especially on the weekends is horrible with people coming from Washington, DC, and Philadelphia to the resort area in Delaware or a little further south to Maryland's Ocean City.

The weather in Delaware has 4 distinct seasons ranging from daytime averages of 85 in July and August to daytime averages of 30 in January and February.(yes, we still use the archiac measurements like miles, gallons, etc here in the US) Occasionally there will be a week or two of temps in the 90s in the summer, and lows to almost zero in the winter, but they are rare and dont last long. We have usually two or three snowstorms over 6 inches each winter, with a rare Nor'easter of 20 inches. Droughts are very rare, with the population growth putting more of a strain on water supplies than lack of rain.

Housing prices vary drastically depending on neighborhood and nearness to the beaches. I'd recommend googling real estate listing for the state as well as the state police website and sexual offenders listings. The state test scores for the various school districts are also available.

Delaware is indeed 'close' to everything: by car..2 hours to New York, and Washington, DC, 1 hour to Baltimore and Philadelphia. You can drive north to south in Delaware in about 2-3 hours depending on route and traffic, and at its narrowest the state is only 9 miles wide.
surfinjersey

AOL

#12 Jul 26, 2006
Delaware is alot more affordable and less crowded than New Jersey and Pennsylvania --- but there's nothing there.
BritishMan

Mount Holly, NJ

#13 Jul 26, 2006
As an Ex-Pat living in Delaware, I have to tell you, you'd be better off moving to Pensylvania or Maryland if it has to be east coast USA.

If you move to Delaware, you'll find it's easy to travel to other places, and the housing prices are cheaper than most other east coast states, but wages are VERY LOW in comparison with anywhere else I know except Tennesee, and if you don't want to drive to Philly for 2 hours each way every day, my best advice is move somewhere else or stay in Blighty
sam in fort wayne

United States

#14 Jul 30, 2006
I grew up in New Castle County and spent 25 years there. I still love the beach in Sussex, but have not regretted for a minute leaving. You can live better on less money elsewhere.
Mary Maryland

Elkton, MD

#15 Aug 20, 2006
What colleges or universities are near the Bethany, Lewes, Rehobeth areas?
Gina beana

AOL

#17 Sep 1, 2006
Thinking of moving to Hartly or Camden Delaware. My hubby works in maryland and will continure working there. I was thinking of running an in home daycare from delaware. Does anyone know if that is a good business in delaware? Also I wanted to know if anyone else has moved from md to de and regrets or notices a diff in property taxes, expensives, etc...
Curious

Johnstown, PA

#18 Sep 4, 2006
I am looking to relocate to the state of Delaware due to a my employer (promotion) located in Western PA. I am looking in the Milton area at this time. Are there any other cities anyone suggests looking at? I am trying to keep within the Seaford / Milford/ Georgetown area just because of my travel for my employment. I need to be close to the center of the state for traveling purposes. Any real estate agents anyones suggest?

Thanks for the help
Gina beana

AOL

#19 Sep 5, 2006
A Realtor name: Bill Williams. He really gets involved in the hunt, he was always available when we needed him. Just tell him Gina Gina's sent you, he will get it. Good lucK, I think we are moving to Delaware as well but to a different part. They wont let me post phone numbers on here so Bill is with Patterson Schwartz real estate his email is e-mail: biwilliams@psre.com
Curious wrote:
I am looking to relocate to the state of Delaware due to a my employer (promotion) located in Western PA. I am looking in the Milton area at this time. Are there any other cities anyone suggests looking at? I am trying to keep within the Seaford / Milford/ Georgetown area just because of my travel for my employment. I need to be close to the center of the state for traveling purposes. Any real estate agents anyones suggest?
Thanks for the help
Curious

Royal Oak, MI

#20 Sep 8, 2006
Thanks for the help....Much appreciated
Jackie

Wayne, PA

#21 Sep 8, 2006
My sister and I can no longer afford New Jersey's abusive property taxes (highest in the nation) so we are looking in Delaware - specifically Dover and/or Delaware City. We are both in our fifties, so this will be the last move for us. It is a hard move to make, as her daughter (my niece) who had been looking to purchase a DE home with us has just recently and suddenly passed away. She - along with most other family members are buried in NJ, and the rest of our family still lives in South Jersey. I - being disabled and just come through the disolution of a 30 yr marriage leaving me very little, and she - having lost her daughter and suffering health problems - are worried and anxious about this move. It has to be the right one, as we will be stuck with it for what remains of our lives. New Jersey is far too expensive for us to hope to survive here. But we don't want to go from an expensive place to live, to a cheap place to live with cheap employment opportunities. In addition, reading about the toxic spill from the Dow plant near Cheswold on August 27, adds to my anxieties. Any insight would be appreciated.

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