Delaware : Ohio

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What it's Like to Retire in Delaware

Delaware, Ohio is a lovely college town about 22 miles north of Columbus.  It is home to Ohio Wesleyan University, one of the many excellent liberal arts colleges in the Buckeye state.  Being close to Columbus and Ohio State University adds to the attraction of small town living.  The city combines a traditional downtown shopping area that includes the Delaware Commons - a pedestrian mall and downtown Delaware. The latter is a small mixed-use complex.

Where to Retire in Delaware and Home Prices

Delaware attracts retirees who come for college town living at its best.  According to, the median listing price was $244,000 in late 2016.  Home prices showed a steady rise the past few years, thanks to the fact that Delaware County is a rapidly growing area. There is a university related retirement community here, see "Delaware Active Communities" link at right.


What is special about Delaware

The Little Brown Jug is held here annually, an internationally famous harness race which is part of the Triple Crown of harness racing. College town living.

What is not special about Delaware

Delaware has cold winters with an average of 23 inches of snow; median home prices are higher than the national average; Delaware is not considered a walkable community


Who will like retirement in Delaware

Retirees who are looking for a mid-sized college town that offers the arts and sporting events, yet not far from a large city, (Columbus), may enjoy retiring here.  


Local economy is driven by

Manufacturing and Retail


Climate and Physical Environment

Delaware is about 20 miles north of Columbus in the center of Ohio.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

in addition to the cultural offerings of Ohio Wesleyan, there is ballet, theatre, a strong county library, and all of the many cultural offerings of nearby Columbus.


The crime rate is well below the national average in Delaware.

Medical facilities

Grady Memorial Hospital is in Delaware, other good hospitals are nearby


Columbus Airport is just about 20 miles away.

Valuable Links

Delaware, Ohio

Delaware Wikipedia entry

Ohio retirement communities


What people are saying about Delaware

Newark, DE
Would anyone be able to recommend 55+ community in the Newark, DE area?
Posted by makoluch on February 08, 2016
Delaware in General
Here is the place to ask a question or post an opinion about retirement living in this state. Or start a new thread on a specific topic.
Posted by admin on December 01, 2006

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Facts about DELAWARE
  • State: OH
  • Environment: College Town,Small Town,
  • City Population: 25,001-50,000
  • 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: 2000-4000
  • Total Crime Index: 81-90 (low)
  • Cost of Living Index: 91-100 (slightly below average)
  • Culture Index: 111-120 (high)
  • State Sales Tax: Yes
  • State Income Tax: Yes
  • Name of the Guide: boomer1

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