A Guide to Moving: Delaware

May 22, 2020 (0) comment

So you’re considering a move to Delaware, but your knowledge of the state is as nonexistent as most other Americans. Don’t worry, friend, you’ve come to the right place. For both your curiosity and your convenience, we’ve compiled an informative, though goofy at times, little guide to all things Delaware. It includes what we think are some of the most important factors to take into consideration before a cross-country relocation—like trivia and weird facts and stuff.

No matter where you choose to move in Delaware, make sure you’re covered with an affordable home insurance policy.

The First State in a Nutshell

First of all, Delaware was the earliest states to ratify the U.S. Constitution in the year 1787—earning itself the nickname The First State and a reputation as being a strong trend setter. Being the second-smallest state by landmass in the country at only 2,490 square miles, it also easily earned another nickname, The Small Wonder. 

But good news: The nicknames don’t stop there. The title The Diamond State was given to Delaware because Thomas Jefferson called the land a “jewel” among the other states due to its “strategic location on the Eastern Seaboard,” according to delaware.gov. 

But why stop there? It’s also referred to as The Blue Hen State  because of its unique blue chicken breed (though the eggs aren’t blue, we checked), which is both the state bird and the official mascot of the University of Delaware. 

Despite it’s teeny size, Delaware has a population of about 971,180. And because it packs a high population in such a small space, Delaware ranks as the sixth-densest state by population. Basically, what it lacks in size, it makes up for in people who are never far away.

Job Market

Delawareans are pretty much packed in like sardines. So are there even enough jobs for everyone? Let’s dive in and take a closer look at the job market.

The First State’s current minimum wage is $8.25/hour, which is just one dollar higher than the Federal minimum, according to minimum-wage.org. The state’s unemployment rate sits at 4.3%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which is slightly higher than the national average.

Some of the fastest-growing careers in the state are as home health aides, business analysts, electricians, HVAC technicians, software developers, carpenters, plumbers and registered nurse practitioners. 

As for the highest-paying jobs, we’re talking surgeons, OB/GYNs, dentists, pediatricians, sales managers and psychiatrists. So while jobs in the medical field are currently ranking as the highest paid, it seems that plenty of blue-collar jobs are in increasing demand.

Housing

Unless you plan on sleeping in the cramped back seat of your car, odds are that you’ll be looking for a place to live when you move. Don’t let the population density scare you—it’s time to talk about Delaware’s great housing market.

To begin, the current median home value in Delaware as $232,100—up 5.1% over the past year. Sale prices of homes are at $207,900 on average, with current market listings sitting at $285,942. Are you a renter instead? Well, current house rental averages $1,375/month.

Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about apartments. Rental costs vary throughout the state and depend entirely on the kind of setting you’re looking for. When it comes to the average 1-bedroom apartment, it’ll cost $1,026/month in Wilmington, $850/month in the state capital of Dover, and $690/month in Rehoboth Beach. 

There’s so much new construction going on in The Blue Hen State, it’s ridiculous. Almost the entire state has new construction underway. There’s tons of activity popping up all around Bethany Beach, Rehoboth Beach, Milford, Dover and Wilmington. 

Culture and Natives

Delaware’s population is pretty eclectic. It’s home to beach bums, farmers, Blue Hens (alumni or fans of the University of Delaware), hunters, the Du Pont empire ,and crabbers. In addition, since it’s so close to Philadelphia, Atlantic City and DC, you’ll find a melting pot-style cultural blend.

If you’re more of a “small town vibe” fan, you’ll definitely fit right in with the Delaware crowd. Residents say you can find this vibe across the entire state—as if the state itself feels like one small town. This is due not only to the high population density, but also the nature of the land’s locals. Everyone knows everyone else. Do you like that? Great. People aren’t your thing? May want to rethink your relocation.

Delaware’s highly liberal crowd has earned it recognition as a blue state. In fact, The Small Wonder State ranked at number four on the list of the 10 Most Liberal States. Rehoboth Beach is a popular vacation spot for many, including a sizable LGBTQ population. There are more than 200 LGBTQ-owned businesses, with a vibrant nightlife and welcoming daylife.

No matter what your preferred pace of life, you should be able to find a town that’s well suited for you in The Diamond State. The southern half of the state is referred to as the slower-lower portion by locals. The further south you go in Delaware, the more southern influence you’ll find. 

Locals who live closer to the tip of Maryland’s backside (we’re not sure how else to put it) are said to enjoy a slower pace of life, and embrace ideals of southern hospitality. If you’re the type who likes to drive fast and get things done quickly, stick to the northern part of the state. 

Delaware is the home of the famous Du Pont family, one of the richest families in America. They got their start as gunpowder manufacturers before branching  out into the worlds of paint, plastic, dynamite and more. In Chateau Country, you can see absolutely ridonculous mansions and magazine cover-worthy gardens of the Du Ponts, and many of them are even open for guided tours.

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