Why Retire to Delaware

Delaware has been recognized as one of the top states in the nation for retirement and Sussex County leads the way in attracting new homeowners to the state. Known for our beautiful beaches, tax-free shopping and slower pace of living, it is easy to understand why so many desire to call Delaware home. Our beaches are only a few hours from major cities such as Washington DC, Northern VA, Philadelphia, Annapolis and Baltimore.  We are only 150 miles from New York City.  For many new residents in Delaware, this means that loved ones, doctors, and other professionals are just a short distance from their new Delaware home. 

Major Retirement Benefits

  • No State or Local Sales Tax
  • No Estate Tax in Delaware
  • Low Property Taxes
  • Social Security Benefits are Exempt from State Tax 
  • Individuals age 60 and over can exempt $12,500 of retirement and pension income from state taxes.
  • Easy Access to Major Mid-Atlantic Cities
  • An abundance of opportunities to maintain an active lifestyle.
  • Delaware is full of rich history and learning opportunities.
  • Living in a vacation destination encourages loved ones to visit.

Finances are a top concern when it comes to retirement planning and moving to Delaware can be a wise financial decision, but there is so much more!  With 28 miles of coast, the Delaware beaches and surrounding communities provide ample opportunity to maintain an active lifestyle. Whether walking along the coast, joining a pickle ball or tennis community, hiking on one of many nature trails, kayaking on a tributary, golfing with new friends, or taking an exercise class in your community, opportunities to be on the move are plentiful in Delaware.

Known as the First State, Delaware was the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. Legend has it that Thomas Jefferson called Delaware a “jewel” among the states because of its strategic location along the East Coast. Delaware has a rich history and museums such as the Zwaanendael Museum in Lewes, the Nanticoke Indian Museum in Millsboro and the DiscoverSea Shipwreck Museum in Fenwick Island.  Places to explore and learn about early Delaware are abundant. 

There are countless attractions for vacationers and another major benefit of retiring to Delaware is the opportunity to enjoy this special area with loved ones that will be encouraged to visit often !

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