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Discover Why Delaware Makes an Ideal Choice for Retirement

Delaware is a popular state for retirees looking for an affordable, safe and entertaining place to live out their retirement years. Kiplinger ranked Delaware 4 out of the 50 states for the best states to retire in 2024. The rankings are based on economic factors like living expenses, tax burdens, health care costs and more. While Delaware’s tax benefits do attract retirees, other features like location, activities and small-town charm also make Delaware a desirable place to call home. 

If you are considering a move to Delaware, contact the real estate experts at The Rivera Group. We are local experts and would love to discuss our favorite aspects of Delaware and why we love where we live.

Check out our top reasons to retire in Delaware:


One of the biggest Delaware assets to draw retirees are the tax benefits. Delaware is a tax-friendly state. In fact, Delaware doesn’t have a state sales tax and has only modest income taxes. State income taxes are around 2.2% to 6.6%. The state also offers tax benefits to retirees. For example, it doesn’t tax social security benefits and offers exemptions for some pension and military retirement pay.

Great Location

Delaware is centrally located to offer easy access to many big cities while still maintaining a small-town feel. New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. can all be reached within a few hours by car. Delaware also has easy access by train to major cities in neighboring states. Also, Delaware borders the Atlantic Ocean offering access to beach towns, water sports and entertainment. If you want to retire near the ocean, Delaware is an affordable option. 

Focus on Health

Delaware has outstanding access to healthcare. The in-state Christiana Care Health System provides service throughout Delaware. Also, with close proximity to major cities like Baltimore and New York City, Delaware residents can easily find the right care for all their medical needs. In addition to quality healthcare, the active Delaware lifestyle supports total health. As you enter your twilight years, Delaware is also top ranked for excellent nursing home care.

Fun Activities and Entertainment

Delaware is a hub for all types of fun and entertainment. You will find local sporting events at the many colleges in Delaware, minor league baseball, a selection of golf courses and NASCAR’s epic Dover International Speedway. Don’t forget the ocean! Whether you buy a beach house or just visit, the beach offers endless fun and entertainment. Delaware has cultural attractions like history sites, museums, art galleries, music and theater. Regardless of your interests, Delaware has a plethora of entertainment options that are sure to please.

Great 55+ Active Adult Communities

Like other parts of the country, Delaware has embraced the 55+ active adult communities. These communities offer amenities and services focused on retirees. For example, Longacre Village in Camden offers residents services like grass cutting and snow removal to make home maintenance easy. The Nobles Pond community in Dover has a state-of-the-art clubhouse with a fitness center, library, game room and gathering place for large events. Delaware offers many other active adult communities that make the perfect place for retirees to easily transition into the retirement years.

Call The Rivera Group Today!

If you’re considering retiring in Delaware, call The Rivera Group today! We help people of all ages find the perfect home. We believe Delaware is a beautiful place to live and would love to help you make the step into retirement.  



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