Delaware is a happy state, overall. And there’s plenty of reason to be happy living in Delaware – from the proximity to amazing beaches, to the sheer number of incredible creameries, to the country life down south, and the nightlife of the cities upstate – the First State certainly has a town for everyone. And while we know that this list of “happiest” cities in subjective and everybody has their own tastes, we followed the lead of RoadSnacks, and these Zippia lists about the
happiest and most successful cities in Delaware. After combining big data from all three surveys, a few points of our own, and a little bit of pixie dust, we’ve settled on this list of the 12 happiest cities in Delaware.
Bear is close to the big cities while also being in a more secluded section of the state, which is a great mix for many people. The amenities here are oustanding, as well is the commute time and education level.
For real, though - who wouldn't be happy to live in Georgetown? Great jobs and a great downtown, as well as high income and high percentage of homeowners make Georgetown one of the happiest cities in Delaware.
High paying jobs, plentiful employment, amenities and excellent education are all points where Dover scored high, earning it one of the top 10 happiest cities in Delaware.
Seaford is a quaint town in Sussex County. Citizens love their secluded, country lifestyle, there are a lot of families and employment is on par with the best of the state.
Is it just me, or do you feel like Smyrna is everybody's hometown? Those people are lucky, and they might want to return to this town in Kent County, where employment and amenities are plentiful, and overall happiness is high.
Brookside is one of Delaware's secrets - a tiny town where life is simple and it's easy to escape into country life or live in the spotlight with its proximity to the major cities. Brooksiders are happy with their chosen middle ground.
6. New Castle
Historic New Castle has been a happy city in Delaware for years... decades even... ah, why not? Centuries! New Castle has never lost its charm, and with strong employment, education and home ownership rates, it remains one of the happiest towns in Delaware.
Tiny Glasgow knows how to please its citizens - short commutes, general amenities, and country livin' while close to the cities means many people love Glasgow.
Middletown is always buzzing with things to do! One of the larger Delaware towns boasts high education levels, great access to healthcare and amenities, and more, making it one of our top cities in Delaware for happiness.
Hockessin is like Wilmington's younger sibling - way cooler to those who know it, but less popular. Even though it's a small town, this gem in New Castle County attracts and creates some of the happiest people in the state. A huge family town with great education, it's easy to see after spending some time here why so many Hockessinites are happy.
2. Pike Creek
Pike Creek is another stunning New Castle County town, where some of the wealthiest homeowners settle down with their families. It is close to their high-paying jobs and education throughout the town is high - no wonder Pike Creek citizens are among the happiest in the state!
1. North Star
Beautiful North Star is home to one of the best creameries in the state and that's one of the reasons it's the happiest city in Delaware! Just kidding - other factors are at play here, too. North Star's 7500 residents overwhelmingly own their own homes and are married, have short commutes to high paying jobs, and are generally well-educated. Those are all reasons to be happy!
So, there you have it – the secret to happiness is ice cream! Wait…that’s not right. Or is it? What factors do you think are most important when rating a city’s happiness?