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Hockessin is a small town located in the far northern end of Delaware right on the Pennsylvania border. Hockessin is less than ten miles northwest of Wilmington allowing residents to easily enjoy city amenities. Hockessin is surrounded by state parks, natural areas and golf courses making it a great place for outdoor loving active retirees.

Cost of Living & Taxes

Delaware cost of living is above the national average in both housing which almost 8 points more than average and grocery costs which are 14 points above average.

There is no sales tax in Hockessin as Delaware is one of four states which do not charge sales tax. Hockessin is in New Castle County where the average property tax is 0.74%. Depending on income level Delaware state income tax rates range from 2.2% to 6.6%. Social Security is not taxed, and Delaware has a $12,500 exclusion for pensions and other retirement income for residents over the age of 60.

Recreation, Culture & Entertainment

Art & performances

    • Center for the Creative Arts

Historical sites and museums

    • Delaware Museum of Nature & Science
    • Marshall Steam Museum

Outdoor activities

    • Ashland Nature Center of Delaware Nature Society
    • Biderman Golf Course
    • Delcastle Golf Club
    • Greenville Country Club


The Hockessin area sees about 18 inches of rain per year, much of it falling during the month of August. Average winter temperatures range from 25° to 37°. Summer in Hockessin is hot and humid with summer temperatures averaging between 67° and 85° with 76% humidity. Average snowfall in Hockessin is 5 inches with the highest chance of snow during the month of March.

Health Care

The closest hospitals to Hockessin are:

ChristianaCare Hospital in Newark is 6.5 miles from Hockessin. ChistianaCare Hospital is a 1,039 bed Level I trauma center. Healthgrades has rated as them as one of America’s 50 best hospitals two years in a row.

St. Francis Hospital Wilmington in Wilmington is 6.8 from Hockessin. St. Francis Hospital Wilmington is a 146 bed Level III trauma center with geriatric emergency department accreditation. They are also accredited by the Commission on Cancer and certified for cardiac rehab by the American Association of Cardiovascular & Pulmonary Rehabilitation.

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