Delaware Among Top 5 Searched States For Boomer Retirees

North and South Carolina Hold Steady at 1 and 2, Tennessee makes a move on Florida

Wilmington, NC – While North and South Carolina are the most searched states of interest on (a retiree and relocation resource), by visitors, a surprising addition has made it into the top 5. Delaware, a longtime summer retreat, playground for weekenders from DC, Philly, New York and New Jersey, is becoming a popular retiree destination. There are also many top gated communities in Delaware to help you find the best place to live. analytics during it’s “peak” season April 1st – October 1st, 2010 revealed that nearly 250,000 unique visitors, chose a community within the following states (in order) as the top 5 when beginning their search.

1. North Carolina         (7,527 views)

2. South Carolina        (5,181 views)

3. Florida                       (3,961 views)

4. Tennessee                 (3,688 views)

5. Delaware                   (2,370 views)

Retirees move south for a lower cost of living and warmer winter weather based on site rankings and migration trends. Like Florida and Tennessee, Delaware, the new number 5, has no state income tax, lower property costs and taxes.

Dave Roberston, Ideal Living Magazine editor, past Chair and BOD Member of the American Association of Retirement Communities ( says, “Delaware has long been a nearby holiday destination. With property and income tax rates in New York, New Jersey and Northern VA among the highest in the nation, many people can’t afford to stay in their homes after they retire. Delaware is good alternative. The retiree exodus forced by escalating property carrying costs in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US will grow even bigger.”

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  1. Delaware is a great state for retirement because it is close to many metro areas – DC, Phila., Baltimore, NYC. The property taxes here in Sussex Co., DE (the beach area from Lewes to Fenwick Island) are a fraction of most other areas. The average home in the $500K range has property taxes that average about $1000-1200 per year! And, there is no sales tax in the state. IIn Sussex County you can be near the ocean, on the bay, or close to many area golf courses.

  2. This article has one serious error. Delaware does have income tax. The state does not tax the first $12,500 of your retirement income after you reach the age to 60. That is a big plus though. We retired here from Maryland 5 years ago. The property taxes are much less than what we were paying in Maryland.

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