Townsend : Delaware


What It Is Like to Retire in Townsend

Townsend is a very small town, but experienced a 668.5% increase in population from the 2000 census (of about 800 people) to 2,659 in 2018   Townsend is located in northwest Delaware, south of Middletown and north of Smyrna.  Picture of Immanuel Church in the town's Historic District, and picture of a home in the Historic District and on the National Register of Historic Places courtesy of Wikipedia and Smallbones,Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0/


Where to Retire in Townsend and Home Prices

Although Townsend is a very tiny town this area has been a magnet for active adult communities (see link at left).  Zillow lists the median home value at $460,999, in late 2022.


What Is Special about Townsend

This is  a pastoral part of Delaware even though it is close to Baltimore and Philadelphia.  The tax structure of Delaware makes it an attractive place to retire.

What Is Not Special about Townsend

Townsend is a very tiny town in an agricultural area.  You will have to go elsewhere for most services.

Who Will Like Retirement in Townsend

People who want to retire in Delaware in a 55+ community.

Local Economy Is Driven by

Agriculture and retirement. Many people commute to places like Wilmington for their jobs.

Climate and Physical Environment

This is a very flat part of Delaware at the top of the Delmarva peninsula. January average temperature is about 35 degrees

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

Cultural opportunities in Townsend are hard to find.


Crime in Townsend is lower than the national average.

Medical Facilities

You will go to Dover, Middletown, or Wilmington for major medical care.


There are no nearby commercial airports, but Baltimore and Philadelphia are reasonably close.

Valuable Links

Townsend on Wikipedia

What people are saying about Townsend

Townsend DE
The airport in New Castle is no longer operating. Hopes are it will reopen to save a trip to BWI, but PHL is not too bad of a trip up RT95.
Posted by Staci on February 04, 2018

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