Tavel & Leisure - Why Delaware is the Best State to Retire

July 19, 2024

The First State offers many perks to retirees, who now make up a fifth of its population.

Delaware may be one of the smallest states, but its beautiful Atlantic Ocean coastline, favorable tax policies, and wellness amenities have made it a popular choice for retirees. According to Census data, almost 21 percent of its population (approximately one million in 2022) consisted of people 65 and over. And Bankrate recently ranked the First State as the second-best state to retire after Iowa, noting that it “combines high-quality healthcare and a light tax burden.” Additionally, Delaware offers its residents a rich history, plenty of quaint small towns and communities full of character, beautiful nature, and proximity to bustling urban areas such as Philadelphia, Washington DC, and New York City.

Unsurprisingly, Delaware’s 25-mile coastline attracts the most interest from retirees.

Click Here to read the entire article by Dobrina Zhekova, a freelance writer with over a decade of editorial experience in Europe and the U.S. She covers luxury travel, art, architecture, and design. Her writing has appeared on,,, and more.

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