Bear, DE 55+ Active Adult Retirement Communities

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    Bear, Delaware is a small, rural area that is surrounded by forestry. Residents can spend their summers enjoying the natural setting of Bear. In the winter, the snow blankets over the town makes for a beautiful scenery.

    Climate & Geography 

    Delaware is primarily made up of flat land and low lying hills, swamplands, bays, marshes, and creeks. Rivers in this state include Mispillion, Muderkill, Nantocke, and St. Jones. Delaware also has close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean.

    The climate in Bear calls for summer highs in the high 80s and winter lows falling in the mid 20s. 

    Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment 

    Top attractions in Bear tie to the natural setting. These include Lums Pond State Park, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Beck’s Pond Park. Bear’s rural setting has a culture grounded in nature and attracts active residents who enjoy adventures and sightseeing or those who simply want to be near nature.

    Cost of Living & Taxes

    The cost of living in Bear is higher than the state and U.S averages which is largely due to housing and home prices, however, utilities, transportation, and health also have averages higher than state and national averages. 

    Delaware residents enjoy low taxes. Delaware doesn’t levy taxes on sales, Social Security, or inheritance and estate. Retirement income, including IRAs, 401(k)s, private pensions, and public pensions, can qualify for exemptions. Residents over 60 can also apply for exemptions on property tax  Furthermore, it also has low income tax ranges from lowest at 2 percent and highest at 6 percent. 

    Health Care

    Health care providers in Bear Delaware include Westside Family Healthcare, Union Hospital Elkton, Wilmington Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Select Specialty Hospital-Wilmington, St. Francis Hospital-Wilmington, and Memorial Hospital of Salem County.

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