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Old 10-06-2011, 03:26 PM
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My retired friends (who are in their 50's) are interested in relocating to Delaware - more specifically, either Dover or the Newark area. They've yet to visit either town.

The main issues for them are:
Cost of living (Which town is more affordable? They're moving from northern VA, where they think the cost of living is too high.)
Winter weather (Which town has milder weather, or is there any difference?)
Book-stores and libraries

If there are other towns in central or northern DE that you think they should consider, please mention them. Thanks.
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Old 10-07-2011, 07:31 AM
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Cost of living is almost certainly cheaper in Dover and the weather is a bit milder down there than in Newark, even though it's really only a few miles down the road. As to bookstores and cultural things, Newark certainly offers more. One thing to consider is whether they would like to be in a college town, which Newark very much is, with the University of Delaware. Dover, despite having Delaware State University, Wesley, and a campus of Wilmington University does not have the same college town vibe or the sense of being dominated by the university. Of course, one could get out in the burbs of Newark and basically ignore UD, I suppose, but Newark's Main Street, which is the main university drag, is IMO the city's greatest attraction (there's a great, brand new Barnes & Noble down there that functions as the main bookstore for UD). Newark also gives one better proximity to the restaurants and entertainment options in Wilmington and its burbs. If, however, they just want a quiet life, Dover may be more suitable.
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Old 10-25-2011, 12:03 PM
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Based on my research thus far, Newark is a very handy location and, to boot, is on the nice side. Right on the NE corridor (both road and rail wise), and yet, just a stone's throw from the bucolic PA Amish Country. Seems like a real sweet spot. My one concern is cost, but relative to DC, or even actual proper suburbs of Philly and Baltimore, it does not seem to be wickedly expensive.

Would love to hear from Newark residents especially ones who've lived there for 10 or more years.
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:38 AM
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I'm trying to get a better handle on crime risks.

Would it be correct to say that northwest of I-95 is substantially safer than southeast of it, even in such Western locales as Newark and its surrounding communities?

Also, what is up with the seeming crime hot spots in central Newark? Are such hot spots due to the "normal" university type stuff - drunken frat boys stepping over the line a bit, or, are they due to outsiders from the hood doing their gang thing?

Sorry for this being a bit non PC, I want the real scoop.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:37 AM
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No one who is a regular here at this forum lives in (or has lived in) Newark?

Looking for info from Newarkers (is that the correct usage? - ;=) )

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