Millsboro : Delaware


What It Is Like to Retire in Millsboro

A town of under 5,000 in Sussex County, and growing rapidly, Millsboro is located in southeast Delaware not far from Rehoboth Beach and Delaware's beaches. It is a small, pretty historical town.  Its origins come from being the first point on the Indian River narrow enough to build a dam for water power.  Millsboro had always been a market center for the outlying area because of its river location and thus it was natural for the railroad to be routed through the town when it was developed in the years following the Civil War. This helped growth to continue slowly but steadily through the Late 19th and Early 20th Centuries. In the 20th century poultry operations under Townsend became the economic driver of the area. The area is very popular for retirees under Delaware's tax friendly environment and relatively mild weather. Photo of Indian Museum courtesy of Smallbones and Wikipedia in the public domain.


Where to Retire in Millsboro and Home Prices

There are a number of active adult communities in the area (see link at top left). reported its Home Value Index to be $248,899 in mid-2020. Homes in its active adult communities will range higher and lower.


What Is Special about Millsboro

Millsboro and its active communities are less than thirty minutes away from coastal beaches and resorts. Delaware is known as a tax-friendly state.


What Is Not Special about Millsboro

Millsboro is far from any cities, so those who need urban getaways might be bothered by the distance.

Who Will Like Retirement in Millsboro

Retirees who want to live in a small town and close to beaches.


Local Economy Is Driven by

Millsboro is in an agricultural region. Townsend is the biggest employer as an integrated poultry provider, and there are many small businesses.


Climate and Physical Environment

The average January temperature is 37 degrees and the average July temperature is 78.  It is located in southeast Delaware on the indian River where it narrows from the Indian River Bay. Rehoboth Beach is to the northeast and Ocean City is to the southweast.


Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Golfers and outdoor lovers have the most fun in Millsboro. The Blue Water Grill generally gets high marks as a Millsboro restaurant.


Crime in Millsboro is  higher than the national average.


Medical Facilities

Beebe Medical Center is 13 miles away.



Dover has an airport and Amtrak station 45 miles away.  Millsboro is below average in walkability when compared to other communities.


Valuable Links

Millsboro on Wikipedia


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