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Retirement Living In Delaware's Capital Region

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Area Description

In the middle of it all! Centrally located within the Mid-Atlantic, just an 1.5 hours from Philadelphia and Baltimore and within 4 hours to New York City. The region boasts tax free shopping and dining with a short drive to the ocean communities of Rehoboth Beach, the Nation's Summer Capital. Perfect for retirees wanting to be close to relatives and families in the East Coast's premier communities without the hustle and bustle. Award-winning events, national wildlife refuge in the region, art, museums, and fine dining options also available. National Historical Park within the state capital's downtown district. Thriving 55+ communities and senior centers such as Modern Maturity Center. Region is host to an award winning hospital system that has announced a major expansion of services on a new campus within the region as well. School district taxes are among the lowest in the state. Nature is abound with State Parks, wildlife refuges, and bay /ocean beaches just a short drive away. Two wineries and other libations crafters have made Kent County Delaware their home with delicious varieties of brews, spirits and more. Three golf courses and within a short driving distance of signature courses as well. Greater Dover is the birthplace of American spirit as the first signer to the Declaration of Independence; however, before was home to the "Penman" of the American Revolution, and a host to the Underground Railroad between the South and the North. The Johnson Victrola Museum holds memories of days gone by with the first talking machine and Nipper the dog. Explore the Bayshore Byway and the many bay side beaches with hidden jewels of beach glass or witness the spawning one of the world's most ancient living dinosaurs only found within this region and one other region on the Pacific Coast of Japan, the horseshoe crab. Finally, The Biggs Museum of Modern Art and the Schwartz Center are home to exhibitions and performing arts through out the year.

Includes Cities/Towns: Camden Wyoming, Clayton, Dover, Dover Afb, Felton, Frederica, Greenwood, Harrington, Hartly, Magnolia, Milford, Smyrna.

Region Characteristics

Area Amenities

Things to Do, Recreation & Fitness

   With rivers, ponds and lakes, kayaking has become a favorite. Hiking and cycling are favorites too. Kent County, Delaware's Capital Region is home to three major Summer Festivals, and two NASCAR races annually. The Dover Days Festival held annually in the first full weekend in May celebrates the heritage and history of the region and the state along with being held on the First State National Historical Park. Harrington Casino and Dover Downs Hotel & Casino call Kent County Home. Bayshore towns offer charter fishing services and great excursions on the ocean as well. Fine dining options include American Seafood, and Italian as the major categories. Limited ethnic options are available for dining.

Cultural Activities

Art museum, performing arts theatre featuring musicians and productions as well as a capital city symphony. Large city library in the heart of downtown Dover.

Public transportation

Limited bus service in rural areas connecting the capital city of Dover with rural towns and the beach area as well as the urban city of Wilmington. Rental cars are available as well as limited taxi service. Shuttles to the nearby airports of PHI and BWI are 1.5 hours close.

Medical Facilities

Bayhealth Medical Systems featuring Kent General Hospital and Milford Memorial Hospital. Major expansion of new campus coming to Milford Bayhealth Campus in 2018. Beebee Medical and Nanticoke are both just under an hour away.

What Will The Climate And Weather Be Like If I Retire In Delaware's Capital Region?

For those of you that retire in Delaware's Capital Region, you will enjoy warm summers, a cool fall, a cold winter and a temperate spring!

Winter temperatures are cold with averages in the mid 30's and highs in the mid 40's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 20's. Expect some rainy days in the winter.

If the weather in the spring is too cold for the outdoors, enjoy some indoor activities in Delaware's Capital Region such as a movie, a visit to a museum, dining, nightlife or some shopping. Spring temperatures are cool with averages in the mid 50's and highs in the mid 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the low 40's. Expect some rainy days in the spring.

Summertime in Delaware's Capital Region is a great time to enjoy your retirement with a day at the lake, an outdoor concert, a local festival or other outdoor activity! Summer temperatures are warm with averages in the mid 70's and highs in the mid 80's. Nights are mild with lows in the mid 60's. Expect some days above 90°. Humidity may feel "sticky" with muggy evenings. Expect some rainy days in the summer.

If you retire in Delaware's Capital Region, you can look forward to fall weather activities such as biking on a bike path, hiking, enjoying a walking path and more! Fall temperatures are cool with averages in the upper 50's and highs in the upper 60's. Nights are cold with lows in the upper 40's. Expect some rainy days in the fall.

Monthly Temperature Ranges

 Month  Low  Avg  High
 Jan  26  34  43
 Feb  27  37  46
 Mar  34  44  54
 Apr  43  54  65
 May  52  63  74
 Jun  62  73  83
 Jul  67  77  87
 Aug  66  75  85
 Sep  58  68  79
 Oct  47  58  68
 Nov  38  48  58
 Dec  29  38  47

Monthly Average # of Hot and Cold Days

 Month  Days Greater Than 90 F°  Days Less Than 32 F°  Days Less Than 0 F°
 Jan  0  23  0
 Feb  0  21  0
 Mar  0  14  0
 Apr  0  3  0
 May  1  0  0
 Jun  4  0  0
 Jul  9  0  0
 Aug  6  0  0
 Sep  1  0  0
 Oct  0  1  0
 Nov  0  9  0
 Dec  0  20  0

Rain & Humidity

 Month  Rainfall  Rainy Days  Humidity
 Jan  3 "  10  24 %
 Feb  3 "  9  26 %
 Mar  4 "  10  31 %
 Apr  4 "  11  41 %
 May  4 "  10  52 %
 Jun  4 "  10  62 %
 Jul  4 "  10  66 %
 Aug  4 "  9  66 %
 Sep  4 "  9  60 %
 Oct  4 "  8  48 %
 Nov  4 "  9  38 %
 Dec  4 "  10  29 %


 Month  Snowfall  Snow On Ground Days  Snowy Days
 Jan  5 "  4  2
 Feb  7 "  4  2
 Mar  1 "  1  1
 Apr  0 "  0  0
 May  0 "  0  0
 Jun  0 "  0  0
 Jul  0 "  0  0
 Aug  0 "  0  0
 Sep  0 "  0  0
 Oct  0 "  0  0
 Nov  0 "  0  0
 Dec  2 "  2  1

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Cost of Living for Delaware's Capital Region

Delaware's Capital Region cost of living for Housing, Healthcare, Transportation, Taxes, Utilities, etc.:

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Senior Housing Options

A variety of options available with golf course communities, over 55 communities, assisted living and nursing homes. State veteran home in Milford.

Senior Assistance in Delaware's Capital Region

Delaware's Capital Region offers the following assistance for seniors:

two major communities, Milford and Dover offer senior services through senior centers and DART transportation.

What Job or Volunteer Opportunities Does Delaware's Capital Region Offer For Retirees?

Chamber and tourism corporations always request volunteers, schools-5 school districts are always I need of volunteers. Veterans can apply to volunteer at major air mobility command museum next to air base.

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