Delaware Beach Towns are Among the Top Destinations for Retirees

Top U.S. Beach Towns to Retire In / Tony Frenzel for

Lewes and Rehoboth Beach named prime destinations for retirement

Well, folks, the secret is officially out. The first town in the first state and its neighbor to the south have now been revealed – in the most dramatic way – among the greatest places in the nation to retire.

That’s the verdict from Parade magazine, which made its announcement in connection with an article urging boomers to “make a Happy Plan” for their great escape from the workforce and cited Lewes and Rehoboth Beach as prime destinations for boomers aiming to get everything they want from that plan.

Factors that make Coastal Delaware desirable

The magazine made this decision after consulting retirement experts who cited the following factors as being most important to people who’ve said goodbye to workday commutes:

  • Money – Is the community affordable, with reasonable taxes, enabling your savings to last throughout your retirement?
  • Health – Does the community have medical facilities and other resources that will keep you in tip-top condition?
  • Relationships – Are there nearby places, events, or opportunities for spouses or single retirees to make friends and have fun?

The fact that Lewes and Rehoboth made the list isn’t surprising to many of us who’ve been here for a while. As noted in the story, “many newcomers are East Coasters who find bliss in the Sussex County sand, charm, parks and low-key lifestyle.” They also appreciate our “tax friendliness” since our property taxes are so low and because the state doesn’t tax our Social Security earnings.

For those reasons and more, Lewes landed at number four on the list.

Further resources

The writers backed up their ranking with some interesting data from a United Van Lines study that showed Montana and Delaware in a tie for the states with “the most inbound moves” by retirees.

The story also reinforces this feature, which took a look at which beach towns are the most appealing for our golden years. As noted by Danielle Hale, chief economist for, “Retirees look for affordable communities where they can fill their time with purposeful activities and social connections, which are keys to a long, healthy life.”

We specialize in helping boomer clients

As realtors who specialize in finding wonderful homes for our boomer friends, we’re especially glad to know that a large number of homebuilders and community planners have developed neighborhoods for the 55+ age group. Several – including Bay Crossing, Cedar Bay, Four Seasons at Belle Terre, Sussex West, and Truitt Homestead are an easy drive to our beautiful beaches.

While so many of our clients love the lifestyles and amenities offered by these neighborhoods, they’re just a few of the special places where retirees can enjoy easy access to recreation, restaurants and cultural attractions, and like-minded friends who appreciate everything our beach communities have to offer.

Let’s connect so we can help you find your special place by the sea.