living in delaware
Colin

AOL

#24 Sep 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, I gotta say you're an idiot. The size of a state has nothing to do with what it's like to live in. Best example would be Texas. The weather is not unpredictable - summers not too hot, winters no too cold. You are right that the school system is crap and there is no rational reason to live in Wilmington. I don't see great advantages to living in "nearby PA", unless you like being screwed for several thousand dollars additional property taxes because PA can't attract businesses that assume some of the tax burden. Or maybe you would prefer NJ - sky high taxes with rotten services? One of the reasons the developers are building so many houses here is the refugees escaping from states like NJ and PA! I do hope you will stay where you are - you deserve it!
dotdot

Allen Park, MI

#25 Sep 14, 2006
I have lived in Delaware for 44 years. I would not recommend moving to Delaware. people from near by states are moving in to delaware and this is driving home prices up and the traffic is bad. I couldnt imagin how bad the traffic will be 5 years from now it takes for ever just to get to A near by store.the schools are bad the people are rud the only good thing about Delaware for now is that the property taxes are not that bad but I have been to other states where they are cheaper then Delaware.At the moment I am planning to move out of the state where its cheaper. I cant afford A home in Delaware!!
Intrepid

Dover, DE

#26 Sep 16, 2006
Delaware sucks! I had the misfortune of moving here 9 years ago and I've spent the last 7 trying to get out! There is absolutely NOTHING to do in this crappy state. The shopping is non-existent- restaurants? What a laugh. Don't think the beach is a draw either unless you want to spend hours in traffic. Same goes for trying to get over the Bay bridge into Maryland... The people are just as big of hicks as anyone you'll find in the south except, they are dour and humourless. You can do better by moving anywhere else in my opinion. This is one boring state. If I had to move anywhere, I'd move up toward Wilmington where at least you could hit Philly..
Stephanie

Rye, NY

#27 Oct 4, 2006
I am thinking of moving to Delaware and wondering if the crime rate is really as high as I have been reading about. We will be looking in New Castle County due to a job offer for my husband. Any input on this?
jen

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

#28 Oct 7, 2006
i am a real estate broker in central new jersey middlesex/monmouth/ocean county we are being told to go to del south for low taxes and the hope of being close to home they are booming. schools are not good i heard chicken farms in the south. i think i will suck it up and stay for a while longer. pa is nice move back
jen

Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

#29 Oct 7, 2006
Colin, New Jersey is a beautiful state with some of the best schools in the country thus the taxes not all of the taxes are high and we get service best Police Departments and State Police in the country our kids are safe in school. Please NJ will survive and thrive.
Iris

New York, NY

#30 Oct 12, 2006
Hi,
I am looking into moving to Lewes Delaware.
Does anyone know anything about Schools, people and
living in this town. I am from Germany and want to be close to the beach but also need a good School for my 10 year old... Thank you
Jeff

UK

#31 Oct 18, 2006
Hi, continuing the England to Delaware theme, I'm an American expat living in London. I spent almost 20 years living in Austin, Texas (liberal oasis of that State). I'm a clinical psychologist and have a license to practice in DE, though I've never actually lived or worked there (long story about the license). I grew up around D.C. and feel some affinity for the Mid-Atlantic region. I love London, but it's financially disadvantageous for me. If I move back to the States, I won't actually have to work all that much, but my DE license would enable me to easily do a little part-time work or private practice. So, opinions please on whether an ex-Austinite, social liberal, partnered gay 52 year old male psychologist and his partner might like life in or around Wilmington?
Reggie in Arizona

Tucson, AZ

#32 Oct 18, 2006
Bob Davis wrote:
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.
-HI BOB, I'm curious...Is the traffic mostly on weekend? What do you mean by vast music wasteland?
I'm considering relocating to Delaware...Love music,theatre gardening & dancing.Dyin in the dust..hoping for greener pastures thanks
Bob Davis

Brooklet, GA

#33 Oct 20, 2006
Hi Reggie...We were last there 5 yrs ago in October and stayed at Bethany Beach. Even then the traffic was heavy every time we went out. Delaware doesn`t have a sales tax and they have a ton of outlet malls at Rehoboth which attracts a lot of people. On a Thursday we drove up to Dover.It wasn`t bad between Rehoboth and Dover but once we hit Dover it was pure gridlock.I drove into Dover to see the old homestead and had a heck of a time getting back out to RT 13. It seemed from Dover north on RT 13 it was bumper to bumper. I understand there was a bypass east of 13 going north but that didn`t help matters. Every radio station had either rock or country western music. I finally tuned around and found a station in D.C or Baltimore that had classical music which I prefer. Dover does have a pay by service symphony orchestra which should be decent and Milford has a community concert band.
Otherwise I don`t know what else.
Good Luck....Bob
Jersey Girl

AOL

#34 Oct 29, 2006
I'm new to the forum here, but I have made an observation. Funny how it seems DE isn't raved about, yet there's mention of traffic often. It would seem to me if DE did indeed not have much going on...why is there so much traffic? And yes, I too am considering moving there.
Jeff

UK

#35 Oct 30, 2006
OK, I'm going to re-ask my earlier question since no one has ventured any response. Would you rate Wilmington as reasonably urban, sophisticated and socially liberal, or as provincial, conservative, and small towney? Given that Philly is so close, does that make a difference in the calculations?
I am in Massachusetts

Abington, MA

#36 Oct 30, 2006
Here in Massachusetts, the rental housing is not very nice unless one pays an exhorbitant price.

Many areas are too crowded and the vacancy rate is very low.
Jersey Girl

AOL

#37 Oct 30, 2006
Jeff wrote:
OK, I'm going to re-ask my earlier question since no one has ventured any response. Would you rate Wilmington as reasonably urban, sophisticated and socially liberal, or as provincial, conservative, and small towney? Given that Philly is so close, does that make a difference in the calculations?
Jeff, when I mentioned that I am considering moving to DE and with the little research I've done so far concerning such, my impression of Wilmington would be "reasonably urban and socially liberal". As far as "sophisticated", it would certainly rank that compared to other areas of the state. I'm sure you've tapped into some search engines regarding DE, so here's another site to provide some info: www.wilmcvb.org .
Jeff

London, UK

#38 Oct 30, 2006
Jersey Girl wrote:
<quoted text>
Jeff, when I mentioned that I am considering moving to DE and with the little research I've done so far concerning such, my impression of Wilmington would be "reasonably urban and socially liberal". As far as "sophisticated", it would certainly rank that compared to other areas of the state. I'm sure you've tapped into some search engines regarding DE, so here's another site to provide some info: www.wilmcvb.org .
Thanks--that's one site that I hadn't come across. Very useful. I certainly would appreciate anyone's informed opinion of the social climate and how much there is to do in the immediate area.
Jersey Girl

AOL

#39 Nov 1, 2006
Jeff wrote:
<quoted text>
Thanks--that's one site that I hadn't come across. Very useful. I certainly would appreciate anyone's informed opinion of the social climate and how much there is to do in the immediate area.
You're welcome and good luck.
patty

United States

#40 Nov 2, 2006
move to bridgeville,applescrapple,up and coming--next year--pumpkin-chunkin
Mike_Kansas City MO

Walnut Grove, CA

#41 Nov 2, 2006
Mary Maryland wrote:
What colleges or universities are near the Bethany, Lewes, Rehobeth areas?
I grew up in Delaware check out Georgetown Univ or Salisbury State in Salisbury MD
Jeff

UK

#42 Nov 3, 2006
patty wrote:
move to bridgeville,applescrapple,up and coming--next year--pumpkin-chunkin
Well, it's a bit ambiguous, but I take it that's not a favourable comment on Wilmington's level of sophistication?
Connie Jones

United States

#43 Nov 3, 2006
Jeff wrote:
Hi, continuing the England to Delaware theme, I'm an American expat living in London. I spent almost 20 years living in Austin, Texas (liberal oasis of that State). I'm a clinical psychologist and have a license to practice in DE, though I've never actually lived or worked there (long story about the license). I grew up around D.C. and feel some affinity for the Mid-Atlantic region. I love London, but it's financially disadvantageous for me. If I move back to the States, I won't actually have to work all that much, but my DE license would enable me to easily do a little part-time work or private practice. So, opinions please on whether an ex-Austinite, social liberal, partnered gay 52 year old male psychologist and his partner might like life in or around Wilmington?
Hi, your bio sounds like a very good fit for the coastal area of Delaware. Although it can't be called sophisticated, the area is very interesting. For one, there is water, water everywhere and surprisingly even enough to drink. Small towns and development areas dot the landscape between The Atlantic Ocean, the Delaware Bay and the inland bays. The area abounds with art galleries, upscale restaurants and unique shops. The reputation as a resort area has given way to year round living as baby boomers seeking a higher quality of life flock into the area. And you can easily get your fix of sophistication in New York City or Washington DC all less than 3 hours away.

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