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Living a Small town Lifestyle in Smyrna, Delaware

Smyrna has been named one of the best small towns in America. It is a small, former farming town of about 8000 in north central Delaware midway between Wilmington and the oceanside community of Lewes. Clayton is another small town just to its west. Part of that appeal comes from its wonderful location close to Delaware beaches, as well as being located in the tax-friendly state of Delaware. The area has grown rapidly in recent years as the Washington/Baltimore megapolis has expanded.

Photograph of downtown Smyrna courtesy of Wikepedia and Tim Kiser.

Where to Retire in Smyrna and Home Prices

There are several active adult communities in and around Smyrna (see link at top left), as well as homes in or near the original town.
According to Zillow, the median home value was $364,347 in mid-2022.

What Is Special about Smyrna

Named one of the best small towns in America, as well as one of This Old House's Best Old-House Neighborhoods for 2009. Smyrna is near Lake Como, the Smyrna Municipal Park, and the Smyrna Bikeways Path. Relaxing Bombay Hook Preserve, the Delaware Bay, the Blackbird State Forest, and Garrisons Lake are all just minutes away.

What Is Not Special about Smyrna

It is an old small town that is being rapidly transformed into a suburb.

Climate and Physical Environment

Smyrna is in north central Delaware south of Wilmington. January average temperature is about 35 degrees. The terrain is very flat.

Restaurants & Cultural Scene

We can't find too much evidence of abundant cultural life in Smyrna.  You will probably want to go to Wilmington, New Castle, or Dover for that.  People report that they like the shopping in and around Smyrna. The Smyrna Museum is a tourist attraction and the historic Smyrna Opera House is features music and performances.


Crime in Smyrna is a little above the national average.

Medical Facilities

The nearest hospital is in Dover, about 11 miles away.


There are no nearby commercial airports, but Baltimore, New Castle, and Philadelphia are reasonably close. Smyrna is a very walkable community.

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