A pair of New Castle County suburbs are vying for the title of best place to live in the state according to two new national “best of” rankings.
In its annual survey, Money magazine (or just website?) says the leafy west-of-Wilmington community of Hockessin is the choice spot to drop your anchor in Delaware thanks to location, good schools, beautiful vistas and plenty to do for families and seniors alike.
Clocking in at a population of nearly 14,000, with a median household income of $115,000 and median home price of $240,000, the data crunchers at Money say Hockessin’s “residents are drawn to the rolling hills—green in the summer months and covered with picturesque foliage in the fall—which provide the perfect backdrop to the city’s many historic sites, including the classic Wilmington and Western Railroad.”
Southern New Castle County’s Middletown comes out on top in a similar list of “best cities in every state” published by USA Today. Infamous Hummer’s Parade notwithstanding, experts ranked the 20,000 Middletown as having the best quality of life in the First State. “The town boasts several public parks with a range of amenities, including tennis and basketball courts, soccer and baseball fields, pavilions, a track, and a pool. A relatively affluent area, Middletown has a median income of $87,250, about $26,200 more than the median income in Delaware as a whole.”
Evaluators also saw Middletown’s growth as a plus, citing a 13.8 percent population bump over the last five years and “home values about 18 percent higher than the average across the state and over half of all homes in Middletown are worth over a quarter-million dollars.”
Both the Money and USA Today-24/7 Wall Street rankings took into consideration cost of living, the local economy, diversity of population, crime, proximity to major metropolitan centers, entertainment options and public and private amenities.
For neighboring states, Money favored Ellicott City in Maryland, North Jersey’s Parsippany-Troy Hills, and greater Philly’s Lower Merion Township (is that really a town?). Bowie, MD. USA Today-24/7 Wall Street gave props to Bowie, MD, Haddonfield, NJ, and Franklin Park, PA, a Pittsburgh suburb.