Florida dominates in the “top retirement” lists. It’s affordable in many areas, has many amenities for aging adults, and has warmer weather than northern states. We get it: warmer weather + aging bones = happiness.
But there’s an issue with Florida–it’s not the Northeast. And if you’re from the Northeast, have family close by, or like the seasons, then you may be looking for a good place to live that doesn’t require a plane ride to visit home. Delaware is not Florida, and we don’t pretend it is, but it is a phenomenal retirement destination if you want to stay in the Northeast. Here are four reasons to retire in Delaware:
- Retire in Delaware because property taxes are low. And while they are low or non-existent in places like Washington and Florida (meaning it’s more appealing for retirement), those states also tend to levy higher sales tax. Delaware has low property taxes AND low sales taxes.
- Retire in Delaware because there is a lot of waterfront property. Living near water has real benefits for our mental and physical health. There are beaches up the entire east coast of Delaware including popular Lewes (pronounced Lewis for all those non-natives), Rehoboth Beach, Bethany Beach and Dewey Beach. And there are a lot of waterfront options not on the beach, including in more affordable areas like the Millsboro area.
- Retire in Delaware because retirement housing options are growing. Home care, 55+ communities, continuing care retirement communities (CCRCs), assisted living facilities (ALFs), and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) are all increasing in numbers. Since many people tend to want to age in place, Delaware is well situated to accommodate the medical and non-medical needs of the community with different levels of home care agencies and a strong Delaware Association for Home Community Care (DAHCC). If a retirement community is your ideal, there are plenty to choose from in both the west and east sides of Sussex County.
- Retire in Delaware because it’s not as cold as other areas of the Northeast. The average January temperature in Rehoboth is 43 degrees F. July is the hottest month, with a high of 86 degrees. Rehoboth Beach averages 12 inches of snow per year compared to the US average of 28 inches per year. On average, there are 205 sunny days per year in Rehoboth Beach. The US average is 205 sunny days.
If you’re looking to retire in Delaware and preparing to age in place, we can answer any of your questions. Reach out to us anytime! firstname.lastname@example.org
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