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Rehoboth Beach, Delaware
Part of Delaware's Waterfront Resort Area, Touristy, Old Fashioned Rehoboth Beach is Known for its Fun Mile-Long Wooden Boardwalk and Classic Beach Vibe
Founded by a Methodist minister in 1873, touristy Rehoboth Beach sits on Delware's southern coast. Along with Dewey Beach, Bethaney Beach and some other seaside towns, it makes up the state's popular waterfront resort area and has a long, clean beach.
Rehoboth Beach also exudes old fashioned, small town charm and understated elegance, with local leaders working to keep it that way. The downtown is small, and tall buildings and large commercial developments are few. The town may be best known for its mile-long wooden boardwalk packed full of fun shops, restaurants, and amusements. The beach bandstand offers a season of free concerts, and the professional Clear Space Theatre Company has a year-round schedule as well as adult performing arts classes. The Rehoboth Art League maintains six galleries on a shaded campus and sponsors salons, cottage tours, bus trips, and more than 150 classes in painting, pottery, drawing, writing, and fiber art.
The city supports a farmers' market, a walking club, a senior center, a visitors' center and more. Good restaurants are in good supply. A Tanger Outlets sits on the outskirts of town.
Locals enjoy eight parks. Teardrop has a dock along Silver Lake. Deer Park and Central Park have wooded areas for wildlife viewing. The town's tennis courts are at Deauville Beach. Nearby Cape Henlopen State Park is home to hiking trails, a secluded beach, birds and reptiles. The Delaware Seashore State Park offers fishing and boating year round.
Fall brings three celebrations. The Sea Witch Festival has costume parades for dogs and their humans. The town's film festival is the oldest and largest event of its kind in the state. The jazz festival stretches through a long weekend in early October.
Housing includes ranch ramblers, cottages, Cape Cods and more, some on stilts, some on sandy lanes and some on wooded lots.
Population: 1,200 (city proper) but swells to 25,000 in summer
Age 45 or Better: 70%
Cost of Living: 80% above the national average
Median Home Price: $850,000
Climate: Summer temperatures are generally in the 80s, while winter temperatures are in the 30s and 40s. On average, the area receives 45 inches of rain and 10 inches of snow each year.
At Least One Hospital Accepts Medicare Patients? No, but Beebe Medical Center, five miles away in Lewes, accepts Medicare patients.
At Least One Hospital Accredited by Joint Commission? No, but Beebe Medical Center, five miles away in Lewes, has an accredited hospital.
Public Transit: Yes, but it only operates in the summer and travels to downtown, Tanger Outlets and neighboring beach towns.
Crime Rate: Above the national average
Public Library: Yes
Political Leanings: Conservative
College Educated: 67%
Is Delaware Considered Tax Friendly for Retirement? Yes
Cons: Rehoboth Beach's property crime rate is slightly above the national average, but the violent crime rate is well above the national average. Most of the crime occurs in the downtown and beach areas, as tourists are easy targets. Some sections of town have no crime at all, so location matters.
Notes: People seem to love Rehoboth Beach, and although it started to lose some population during the pandemic, people are now returning to live here. Many East Coast residents come to shop, since Delaware has no sales tax. Racial diversity has not yet arrived, but the town is gay-friendly and has two gay beaches. Rehoboth Beach is very quiet in the winter.
Recommended as a Retirement Spot? Maybe. The high crime rate is a concern.
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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