Townsend : Delaware

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What it's Like to Retire in Townsend

Townsend is a very small town, but experienced a 492% increase in population from the 2000 census (of about 800 people) to a little over 2000 people in 2010.  Townsend is located in northwest Delaware, south of Middletown and north of Smyrna.  Picture of Chesapeake and Delaware Canal courtesy of Wikipedia and Anthony Rley, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.


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 right).  Zillow lists the median home value at $272,200 in mid-2015.


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, New Castle, and Philadelphia are reasonably close.

Valuable Links

Townsend on Wikipedia

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Facts about TOWNSEND
  • State: DE
  • Environment: Rural,
  • City Population: Less than 10,000
  • 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): $200,001-$300,000
  • Annual Property Tax on a $200,000 house: Less than 2000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 111-120 (high)
  • Culture Index: 81-90 (low)
  • State Sales Tax: No
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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