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Old 11-06-2011, 08:21 PM
 
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Hi All,

I am expecting a job offer from one of the banks located in Wilmington DE.

I don't know anything about the city, but read lots of stuff on crime and that this city is not considered to be safe.

Could you please advise me on safe cities near Wilmington both in Delaware and Pennsylvania? If you could recommend cities together with good neighborhoods that would be really great!

Is it realistic to rent an apartment / room in Philadelphia and drive to work in Wilmington?

Thanks in advance for your feedback!
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:02 PM
 
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The farther from the river, the better. Almost every place on the Delaware river except for, say, New Hope, is high crime. In Philly, however, those neighborhoods aren't too bad.

Try out Aston, or North Wilmington, maybe Phila, Media, etc.
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:07 PM
 
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Thanks a lot Joe84323!

Is it feasible to live in Philly and drive to work everyday? What would be the duration of a ride in intense traffic?
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:22 PM
 
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Hockessin and Greenville are both very nice...

Pike Creek is also good...
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:33 PM
 
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I wouldn't want to commute from Philly every day. There are parts of Wilmington that are nice. Look around Trolley Square (my first suggestion), Bancroft Blvd or around the reservoir. The corporate limits of Wilmington are small, so surrounding areas such as Greenville, Centerville or as Legend suggests, Hockessin, might be worth exploring. Additionally, you might look into Newark, a nearby college town.

Good luck!
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Old 11-06-2011, 09:38 PM
 
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Thanks jm02 and legendof32!
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Old 11-07-2011, 06:51 AM
 
Location: Greenville, Delaware
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Indeed Hockessin and Greenville (including the closer-in areas of Westover Hills, Westhaven and West Park) are very nice. However, the neighborhoods collectively known as North Wilmington are attractive too - basically everything identified as Brandywine Hundred. Warnings about Wilmington being unsafe pertain to the City of Wilmington, which is a very small area relative to the entire suburban sprawl loosely (if not strictly accurately) called "Wilmington". Even in the City of Wilmington, however, there are some very nice, reasonably safe neighborhoods, e.g. The Highlands, Wawaset Park, and for the most part Forty Acres and Trolley Square. This doesn't mean crime can't happen anywhere, but the gang banging is confined to poverty belts within the City.

The voices on this forum warning of the dangerousness and crime in Delaware or esp. in northern New Castle County tend to be very shrill and hyperbolic.
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Old 11-07-2011, 07:28 AM
 
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The voices on this forum warning of the dangerousness and crime in Delaware or esp. in northern New Castle County tend to be very shrill and hyperbolic.
These descriptions/remarks are kind of Ho-Hum to those of us who've lived in Delaware for much more than half a century, and are perfectly comfortable and content in this 96 mile long stretch.

Maybe if enough people post scare tactics, the trek of people moving to Delaware will slow down.
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Old 11-07-2011, 11:56 AM
 
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"shrill and hyperbolic"
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Old 11-07-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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zeusss, You are aware that some banks in Wilmington are not in the city?
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