These Are The 10 Happiest Places In Delaware

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by Chris Kolmar
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There’s a search that we are all on that dwarfs our job or career search — the search for happiness.

And as we all know, where we live and the job we have can all play a big part in our overall sense of contentment and happiness. For that reason, we took a dive into a the most recent census data to help you identify which places in Delaware have the biggest smile of them all.

On our happy data journey, we settled on seven criteria to help determine which Delaware places are the happiest. The criteria include things like having insurance, owning a home, and having a job.

As it turns out, life is all rainbows and butterflies in North Star, the happiest place in Delaware.

Don’t start feeling sad, there’s plenty of happy to go around as life is still pretty sweet in the following “Happiest Places in the First State”:

  1. North Star
  2. Pike Creek
  3. Hockessin
  4. Pike Creek Valley
  5. Glasgow
  6. New Castle
  7. Brookside
  8. Wilmington Manor
  9. Smyrna
  10. Bear
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There’s Nothing We’d Rather Do Than Measure Happiness In The First State

There’s a bunch of different studies out there that try to measure what makes people truly happy. And while we all know that money doesn’t buy happiness, it definitely removes anxieties and helps keep you healthy. It’s just that anything past about $70,000 a year doesn’t help as much.

So what else besides money contributes to your happiness? Well we think the following certainly do:

  • Being well educated (Population with at least a bachelor’s degree)
  • Having a job (As measured by the unemployment rate)
  • A short commute to work (God do people hate traffic)
  • Low cost of living
  • Having a family (Getting, and staying married, has a ton of happiness benefits, on average)
  • Owning a home (That’s a big plus)
  • And the poverty rate (Money definitely helps out)

That’s a ton of fun — and happiness — for the whole family, backed by science. The data all comes from the 2010-2014 American Community Survey.

After we decided on the criteria, we gathered the data for the 18 places in Delaware with over 2,000 people.

We then ranked each place from one to 18 for each of the seven criteria with a score of one being the happiest (Any ties were given to the larger place).

Next, we averaged the seven rankings into a Happiness Index for each place with the lowest overall Index being crowned “Happiest Place In Delaware”.

Read on for more happy information about the top ten or skip to the end to see a list of how every places in Delaware ranked. Our apologies to Dover which ranked 11th overall and just missed the list.

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1. North Star


Population: 7,655 People Who Own Their Home: 98.3%
Married Adults: 72.2%

2. Pike Creek


Population: 8,142 People Who Own Their Home: 88.1%
Married Adults: 60.4%

3. Hockessin


Population: 13,620 People Who Own Their Home: 91.2%
Married Adults: 61.9%

4. Pike Creek Valley


Population: 10,509 People Who Own Their Home: 60.9%
Married Adults: 43.8%

5. Glasgow


Population: 14,962 People Who Own Their Home: 81.9%
Married Adults: 53.6%

6. New Castle

New Castle, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,346People Who Own Their Home: 61.9%
Married Adults: 38.2%

7. Brookside


Population: 13,585 People Who Own Their Home: 59.7%
Married Adults: 42.7%

8. Wilmington Manor


Population: 8,049 People Who Own Their Home: 75.1%
Married Adults: 54.3%

9. Smyrna

Smyrna, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,681People Who Own Their Home: 60.7%
Married Adults: 48.2%

10. Bear

Bear, Delaware

Source: Http://Nccde.Org/

Population: 19,732People Who Own Their Home: 61.7%
Married Adults: 47.7%

Detailed List Of Happiest Places In Delaware

City Rank Population People Who Own Their Home Married Adults
North Star 1 7,655 98.3% 72.2%
Pike Creek 2 8,142 88.1% 60.4%
Hockessin 3 13,620 91.2% 61.9%
Pike Creek Valley 4 10,509 60.9% 43.8%
Glasgow 5 14,962 81.9% 53.6%
New Castle 6 5,346 61.9% 38.2%
Brookside 7 13,585 59.7% 42.7%
Wilmington Manor 8 8,049 75.1% 54.3%
Smyrna 9 10,681 60.7% 48.2%
Bear 10 19,732 61.7% 47.7%
Dover 11 36,826 44.8% 33.4%
Edgemoor 12 6,089 55.3% 33.7%
Seaford 13 7,163 39.2% 34.0%
Elsmere 14 6,149 54.1% 38.6%
Milford 15 9,882 53.0% 51.6%
Claymont 16 9,242 59.0% 45.9%
Newark 17 32,278 50.3% 28.6%
Wilmington 18 71,263 39.0% 27.1%