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Located in the northernmost portion of Delaware, New Castle County is halfway between New York City and Washington, D.C., and just 35 minutes from Philadelphia. With close to 530,000 residents and only 438 square miles of land, New Castle is the most densely populated of Delaware's three counties. Residents hold tremendous pride in the fact that they live in the first county in America's first state. New Castle is also the only county in Delaware to be included in the Greater Philadelphia region. Low unemployment, tremendously low taxes (property, state and local) and plenty of entertainment options make it an enjoyable and affordable place to call home.

Conveniently located along I-95, Wilmington, the county seat, is in northeastern New Castle County near Pennsylvania. Its approximately 63,000 residents make it the largest city in Delaware. Much of the downtown architecture echoes the 18th and 19th centuries, with Victorian-style townhouses and many magnificently restored buildings. The Market Street Mall is a six-block stretch of Wilmington packed with shops, boutiques, galleries, and cafes. The best part — all shopping in Delaware is tax-free! Although things do quiet down considerably at night, Wilmington certainly has a lot of attractions. The Grand Opera House on Market Street was restored just a few years ago and hosts a variety of shows, including symphony, jazz, comedy and opera performances. In addition, the recent revitalization of the waterfront has added to the allure of the region. Outlet shops, farmers' markets, an arts entertainment center and a riverfront park have all dramatically enhanced Wilmington's landscape. Baseball fanatics find refuge at Frawley Stadium, the home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks, a minor league affiliate of Major League Baseball's Kansas City Royals. If you're a betting person, check out the Delaware Park Racetrack & Slots, which features exciting thoroughbred racing from April through November.

Wilmington is part of the picturesque Brandywine Valley region. Perhaps the most popular section of the area is the 933-acre Brandywine Creek State Park, where trails, woods, streams and hills are a delight for outdoor enthusiasts. The park is perfect for hiking, canoeing or simply picnicking. Another great place for those who enjoy the outdoors is the Carousel Park — horseback riding lessons, hayrides, fishing and hiking are just a few of the options to be enjoyed.

Young professionals flock to Pike Creek, a community in northern New Castle County. The community is almost entirely residential with a great deal of new housing, particularly condos and townhouses.

The city of New Castle is a riverfront community in New Castle County. Located south of Wilmington along the Delaware River, the historic community has long maintained its picturesque quality and charm. Cobblestone streets weave throughout Old New Castle, along with brick sidewalks and Colonial-style homes. Housing options include town houses and single-family homes, with 2008 median home prices at $174,900. The small town is steeped in history and has more than 500 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places. Battery Park is a perfect place to spend the day relaxing — visitors enjoy strolling on the park's scenic riverfront footpath and looking at stunning homes along The Strand.

On the western edge of New Castle County, southwest of Wilmington, is Newark, home to the University of Delaware, an institution known for fine academics and athletics. The community is primarily a college town, although families also find it a great place to live. With the student population steadily increasing, Newark's Main Street has grown from a quiet farmers' market to a bustling shopping district with more than 170 stores, boutiques and restaurants. The 2008 median home price in Newark was $232,500.

If you're looking for a quieter atmosphere, you may be drawn to Delaware City, which is located in the middle of New Castle County. It is the quintessential small town, with tree-lined streets, lovely homes and blooming gardens. Everyone in town knows everyone else. In fact, the community is so small that residents pick up their mail at the local post office.

A recent business boom in New Castle has helped the county establish its strong economic presence in the Greater Philadelphia region. Delaware has the third-lowest state and local tax burden in the nation, making it very attractive to businesses. And New Castle County's close proximity to Philadelphia, New York City and Washington D.C. makes it a great place to set up shop. Many leading companies, such as DuPont and AstraZeneca, are based in Wilmington and anchor New Castle County's economy. With numerous industrial, office and research parks, businesses are abundant and range from small to large firms. Interstates 95, 295 and 495 connect New Castle County with other regions along the east coast, making it easy to reach by car. Amtrak and mass transit also provide multiple travel options, and Philadelphia International Airport is just 35 minutes away.

New Castle County is a place that's easy to love. Businesses enjoy the thriving base of chemical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing and financial services industries. Residents enjoy low taxes and the beauty of scenic areas like Greater Delaware Brandywine Valley and historic New Castle. Whether you're heading to New Castle for work or play, we're certain you'll enjoy it, too.

RESOURCES

POPULATION
529,641

NEW CASTLE COUNTY WEB SITE
www.nccde.org

COUNTY GOVERNMENT
302-395-5555

COUNTY SEAT
87 Reads Way
New Castle, DE 19720

LOCAL DAILY NEWSPAPER

The News Journal
950 W. Basin Rd.
New Castle, DE 19720
302-324-2500
www.delawareonline.com

DELAWARE PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal St., Ste. 2
Dover, DE 19901
302-739-4601
www.doe.state.de.us

MAIN LIBRARY

Public Library Administration
87 Reads Way
New Castle DE 19720
302-395-5600
www.co.new-castle.de.us/library
There are thirteen library branches in this library system.

REALTORS

New Castle County Board of Realtors Inc.
3615 Miller Rd.
Wilmington, DE 19802
302-762-4800
www.nccbor.com

Hospital Information

For a listing of Hospital Systems located in Gloucester County, see the Medical Services Section - Greater Philadelphia Hospital Systems.

Click here for County Housing Information and Related Figures.

 
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