Middletown : Delaware

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What it's Like to Retire in Middletown

Middletown is a small but very rapidly growing town of almost 19,000 near, as you might guess, the middle of northern Delaware. The population doubled from 2000 to 2010, many of them affluent families moving from nearby cities. While the downtown is old and in places run down, you can tell this was once a prosperous town. Some of it is being restored. But meanwhile there is tremendous growth just outside of town with huge malls and housing developments.

 

Where to Retire in Middletown and Home Prices

There are new active adult communities being built in the area (see link at top right).
This has led to fairly high (and stable) median home prices here. The median sale price was about $340,000 in late 2014, according to City-data.com

 

What is special about Middletown

Delaware is well known as a low tax state, and Wilmington has low property taxes as well. It is not that far from the Delaware coast.  The downtown could be very charming if it could be revitalized.
 

What is not special about Middletown

The area has  a rural feel and there is a lot of new development added on to a faded town center. The result can feel and look like urban sprawl and congestion.

 

Who will like retirement in Middletown

People who want to retire in Delaware but be away from the main population centers.  It is good for people looking for active communities.

 

Local economy is driven by

Construction, manufacturing, and retail are important here. Unemployment is below the national average.

 

Climate and Physical Environment

Middletown is located in northern Delaware and above Dover.  The average January temperature is in the low 30's and the average July temperature is in the high 70s.

 

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

There are many chain restaurants in the new shopping areas. The Olde Tyme Peach Festival is an annual tradition that attracts thousands of visitors each August. The movie the "Dead Poets Society" was filmed here at St. Andrews, a private boarding school, as well as at the Everett Theatre.

 

Crime

Crime in Middletown are slightly lower than the national average.
 

Medical facilities

The nearest hospitals are in Newark (DE, 12 miles) and Wilmington (21 miles).

 

Transportation

The closest large airport is Philadelphia International Airport, approximately 47 miles away; there is an Amtrak station 16 miles away, in Newark;  Middletown is below average in walkability when compared to other communities.

 

Valuable Links

Middletown on Wikipedia

 

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Facts about MIDDLETOWN
  • State: DE
  • Environment: Suburban,
  • City Population: 10,000-25,000
  • Median age of Population: 25-44
  • Avg Jan Temperature: 21-40
  • Avg July Temperature: 60-80
  • Median HH Income: 41,001-60,000
  • Average Home Price (MLS): $300,001-$500,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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