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Finding the Best Places to Retire Since 2006!

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Retire in Ocean View, Delaware?

Quiet and safe, Ocean View touches Indian River Bay and is bordered by the Assawoman Canal and White's Creek in southern Delaware. It is just to the west of popular Bethany Beach, a charming high-end seaside town with a boardwalk, and is about a mile from oceanfront beaches.

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Locals enjoy art galleries, antique shops and some very good restaurants. The active historical society has a museum and restored buildings. The CHEER Activity Center offers senior meals, transportation, and classes from Tai Chi to Zumba. John West Park hosts the town's summer concert series. The Bethany Bay Resort and Bear Trap Dunes manage the local golf courses, and the small marina has a fuel dock and a public boat ramp. Ocean View has a lot of planned neighborhoods, including Ocean Farm, Tidewaters, Bay Forest and Bear Trap. Architectural styles include Cape Code, Colonial, cottage, folk Victorian, ranch rambler and others.

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The James Farm Preserve's maritime forest is home to wildlife and migrating birds. The Assawoman Bay State Wildlife Area is popular with kayakers and is a major stopping point along the Delaware Birding Trail.

Population:  2,300 (city proper) but swells to 25,000 in summer

Age 45 or Better:  58%

Cost of Living:  15% above the national average

Median Home Price: $465,000

Climate:    This area has summer temperatures in 70s and 80s and 90s and winter temperatures in the 40s and 50s. On average, it receives 45 inches of rain and 12 inches of snow per year.

At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients?  No, but Beebe Medical Center, 15 miles away in Lewes, accepts Medicare patients.

At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission?  No, but Beebe Medical Center, 15 miles away in Lewes, has an accredited hospital.

Public Transit:   No

Crime Rate:    Below the national average

Public Library:    No, but a couple are nearby.

Political Leanings:   Conservative

College Educated:   40%

Is Delaware Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement?    Yes

Cons:    None

Notes:    Ocean View has grown by 7% during the last decade, and Bethany Beach vacationers often stay in Ocean View during the summer months. Home prices have increased 26% since last year.

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Recommended as a Retirement Spot?   Yes

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Delaware:

Delaware sits in the northeastern portion of the Delmarva Peninsula in the Northeastern region of the United States. It is bordered by New Jersey, Maryland, Pennsylvania and the Atlantic Ocean and is the second smallest state geographically. When it comes to population, it is the sixth least populous state but the sixth most densely populated.

The state was one of the original Thirteen Colonies and in 1787 become the first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. As a result, Delaware's nickname is "The First State." Colonial blue and buff are its official state colors, and the lady bug is its official state bug.

Delaware is the only state without any national parks system. Hence, it has no national parks, seashores, historic sites, battlefields, memorials or monuments.

The largest population center is the town of Townsend in New Castle County, one of the state's three counties (Kent and Sussex are the other two). In 2013, the state had the ninth highest number of millionaires per capita in the United States.

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