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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Public Schools
    B+
  2. Crime & Safety
    C+
  3. Housing
    C+
  4. Nightlife
    A-
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B+
  7. Jobs
    B
  8. Weather
    B-
  9. Cost of Living
    B-
  10. Health & Fitness
    B+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    A-
  12. Commute
    B-
Sussex County is located in Delaware with a population of 215,551. Living in Sussex County offers residents a rural feel and most residents own their homes. Many retirees live in Sussex County and residents tend to be conservative. The public schools in Sussex County are above average.
Population
215,551

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$242,900
National
$184,700
Median Rent
$992
National
$949
Area Feel
Rural
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    21%
  • Own
    79%
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Sussex County Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
C+
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    369.6
    282.7
  • Murder
    1.7
    6.1
  • Rape
    75
    40.7
  • Robbery
    160.1
    135.5
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    638.8
    500.1
  • Theft
    3,630
    2,042.8
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    97.1
    284

Residents

Diversity
B+
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Age
  • <10 years
    11%
  • 10-17 years
    9%
  • 18-24 years
    7%
  • 25-34 years
    10%
  • 35-44 years
    10%
  • 45-54 years
    13%
  • 55-64 years
    16%
  • 65+ years
    25%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    11%
    12%
  • Bachelor's degree
    14%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    28%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    33%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    13%
    13%

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Sussex County Reviews

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As a Sussex County resident for my whole life, I can say, though it isn't the most exciting, it is a very good place to live. It is a very cost-effective location if you can find the right job. There is a lot of farm land in Sussex, but there are also beautiful beaches that residents take for granted. The beaches are the highlights for me. I love the beach, and it it would take a lot for me to move away from one. The atmosphere is very different on the coast; it is a lot faster paced and full of energy. Whereas inland it is slow; they don't call it slower lower Delaware for nothing. All in all, though, I think it is a great place to live, and it can accommodate a lot of different ways of living.
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I loved growing up in a small, rural area. Particularly being near to the beach, sans the tourist overflow. Driving country roads with only miles of fields was as close to meditation as you could get while operating a vehicle. However, as more people learned of Delaware, there's been quite a change in our community. The once-pristine beaches are disrespected by visitors and those fields are being bought by developers. Now, tourism is a source our state thrives on, but, in turn, what I loved most is disappearing. Drugs are brought in from other areas. Specifically, the heroin epidemic spreading across our quaint county. Every summer there's trash left behind, not only ruining but threatening our beaches and wildlife. When we moved here it was so obscure that the road I grew up on didn't even have a name. It was merely a code. If you'd asked me then, I would've told you it was a sanctuary. Unfortunately, I now know what the Native Americans felt like when their land was intruded upon.
I love the peaceful Milford area. It has plenty of restaurants, stores, and local shops. The Riverwalk is beautiful to take my walks on. It's quiet and serene. The schools are awesome that my children go to. There is plenty to do here all within walking distance.