Milford, DE

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Milford, DE

About Milford, DE

Milford, DE is located in Kent County and boasts a population of nearly 10,000 people. This small town offers visitors plenty of outdoor recreational activities such as canoeing or kayaking on the Mispillion River or taking a scenic walk along Slaughter Beach. Milford also features cultural attractions such as its annual Bug & Bud Festival celebrating its agricultural heritage and the Riverwalk Music & Arts Festival held each summer for music lovers. Small capital city - Central Delaware, 5 miles inland from the Delaware Bay.

State: Delaware
County: Sussex County
Metro Area: Dover Metro Area
City: Milford
Zip Codes: 19963 19960
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Time zone: Eastern Standard Time (EST)
Elevation: 74 ft above sea level

Dover is one of those pleasant “small city” capitals, with a stable economic base and a rich history. The setting in a flat, mostly agricultural area is idyllic without being too far removed from larger northeastern cities. The nearby Delaware Bay and its beaches and wildlife areas provide ample recreational opportunities. The Dover International Speedway (NASCAR) and the Dover Downs harness racecourse add to entertainment options. Aside from the state government, Dover Air Force Base is a major employer, as is rubber and plastic apparel manufacturer Playtex.

The area is growing as people mainly from more crowded East Coast cities seek a slower and less expensive pace of life. Cost of living is attractive, and the Delaware tax climate is favorable especially for the East. However, there is a high violent crime rate, and educational attainment is not as strong as seen in other capital cities.

Dover lies in a flat plain separated from the Delaware Bay but has areas of level marshland. To the west and south are areas of level to gently rolling terrain used mostly for agriculture and dairy farming. The influence of the Atlantic and Chesapeake Bay create a climate that’s mild for the region. Summers are warm and humid but with maximum temperatures seldom exceeding 80 degrees. Clouds are common, and humidity and moist Delaware Bay winds can cause fog year-round.

Winters are usually mild, with temperatures seldom dropping to 0 degrees. Most winter precipitation occurs as rain or a mix of rain, sleet, and snow. Summer thunderstorms are common; occasional downpours from Atlantic hurricanes can cause lowland flooding. First freeze is late October, last is mid-April.

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Milford Cost of Living

Small-town atmosphere, capital-city amenities, and nearby recreation make Milford a great place to live.

-13.6% lower than avg
-44.2% lower than avg
8.1 / 5.9
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Milford Crime
81.6 / 100
Crime is ranked on a scale of 1 (low) to 100 (high). US average: 35.4
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Pros & Cons of Milford
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Over 6 years ago
Milford, like any town other than Newark, is very unsophisticated, boring, unfriendly, and uneducated. I've resided in many states and Delaware will be the state that I  More
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Over 12 years ago
I grew up in and around Milford and loved it. It has a small town feel to it, yet is modern enough for all of the conveniences of an Eastern Shore city. People are  More
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approx 20 minutes to Dover, 20 minutes to Lewes/Rehoboth Beach area.Live the beach life without the beach  More
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