Delaware is a very small state, the second smallest in the nation, but it’s easy to talk about several areas all rolled into one when discussing the former lower counties of Pennsylvania.
Ask anyone from Delaware about their home state and they’ll inevitably point out the differences between the northern areas of the state (Wilmington, Newark, etc.) and the southern areas which are dominated by farmland to the west and beach resorts to the east.
The state is traditionally separated by the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal, a body of water that by legal
definition makes southern Delaware an island instead of a peninsula.
But we digress. With a much more urban area to the north and a southern half that is dominated by small towns and beach resorts, Delaware truly is a unique state in the mid-Atlantic region.
But wherever you go in Delaware, you’re almost certain to enjoy feelings of community and a
welcoming nature from both natives and transplants alike. You’re going to find people who share your
passions, your beliefs and your love of life – it’s not a matter of if, but a matter of when and how many.
The Delaware beach areas, for example, have enjoyed rapid growth since the 1990s. This growth has
been fueled in large part by former residents of several surrounding states, some who have moved to
the area to save on taxes or to be closer to family or simply to be near the beach – or a combination of
But what this growth means is that, regardless of where you come from, you’re going to find people
you can easily gel with in this area of the state and country.
And those Delaware natives? Well, we’re generally a friendly bunch, people with a sense of community
who consistently rally around common goals and needs and who you can always count on in times of
Many small towns in Delaware, especially in the more rural areas of the state, tend to revolve around
the local high schools. The popular television show “Friday Night Lights” could have easily been
filmed in a Delaware small town, where the community tends to cheer on the local football team on
Friday nights in the fall.
Delawareans are also known for helping out their neighbors in times of need. When natural disasters
occur, this typically ignites a feeling of community and everyone works together to make things right
It’s happened during nor’easters, during big snowstorms and during times of flooding near the coast.
People come together in Delaware in times of need; it’s just a natural response that’s engrained in the
We’ve heard many stories from new residents of the First State about how they used to live somewhere
for 20 years and never met their neighbors. That doesn’t really happen in Delaware, unless you really
go out of your way to make it happen.
If you like to make friends and be a part of a real community, Delaware is a great place to be. Try it out
for yourself and you’ll certainly see what we mean.