Smyrna, Delaware – Retirement Guide

Smyrna, Delaware   Retirement Guide

Many retirees are priced out of Delaware’s beach communities, however Smyrna, a former farming community of just over 10,000 may provide an affordable alternative. While the town isn’t set along a waterfront, it does lie a short drive from Delaware’s popular beaches, including Rehoboth Beach and in proximity to larger cities like Baltimore and Washington, DC. Retirees craving the water can visit nearby Lake Como, the Delaware Bay or Woodland Beach for boating and fishing.

Outdoors lovers, particularly birdwatchers, will fall feel right at home in tiny Smyrna, Delaware. The town lies along the “Atlantic Flyway,” a migrating route for birds, and is also in proximity to Redden, Blackbird and Taber State Forests, which offer even more chances for wildlife spotting. Just east of town lies the nearly 16,000-acre Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge. Here, retirees will find trails and observation towers overlooking tidal salt marshes, timbered swamps, and freshwater pools. Active retirees can explore Blackbird State Forest’s 40-mile network of trails popular for biking, hiking and cross-country skiing.

Nearly 500 buildings in Smyrna are registered on the National Register of Historic Places, and the historic downtown area is a charmer.

Pros: Close to many state forests ideal for nature lovers
Con: Suburban sprawl may threaten small-town charm

At a Glance
Best For: Bird watchers and nature lovers
Population: 10,180
Cost of Living: 8.5% lower than national average
Median Home Cost: $150,300
Unemployment: 7.8%
Top State Income Tax: 6.75%
Crime Rate: 2% above national average

Retirees can explore the Smyrna Museum, or the Smyrna Opera House, which doubles as a theater and art gallery.

Though Delaware’s top state income tax is relatively high, the state remains one of the most tax friendly, with no sales tax — a plus for many retirees. Smyrna has been growing in recent years, and some residents complain that the resulting suburban sprawl is a negative.

Top Retirement Cities in Delaware: Rehoboth Beach | Smyrna

Photo by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Headquarters via Flickr. All statistics were up to date as of publication. See these sources for the most current data.