Milton is a small town located in Southern Delaware. Situated near the Atlantic Coast, Milton is a quaint town with features like a lavender farm and a wildlife refuge. Milton offers its residents everything one would need close to home, and it is just a drive away from larger cities like Dover and Wilmington.
Climate & Geography
Milton experiences all four seasons, but it has milder temperatures than the rest of New England. Summers are warm to hot and can have high humidity because of the city's proximity to the water, and winters are cold but not extreme. The region receives more rainfall and less snowfall than average, and residents can expect around 200 sunny days per year.
Milton is southeast of both Dover and Wilmington in Delaware. Located along the Coastal Plain, Milton offers easy access to beaches on the Atlantic Ocean.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Milton offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor recreation. Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect serene escape for residents. Located along the coast, the refuge offers activities like hiking, fishing, and wildlife viewing. Nearby beaches like Lewes Beach offer locals a spot to go swimming in the ocean during summer months. Another popular outdoor destination is Lavender Fields Farm, which grows over twenty different types of lavender. Visitors can view the colorful lavender fields and purchase items like lavender tea and soaps.
For entertainment, the Milton Theatre offers various events like movies and comedy shows throughout the year. Locals can also visit the Milton Historical Society to learn more about the area’s history. The museum is located in a building that is over 150 years old.
Milton also has all the daily necessities close to home, like grocery stores and restaurants. Retirees seeking more extensive shopping and entertainment options can drive under an hour to Dover or an hour and a half to Wilmington.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Milton is higher than the state and national averages because of its high costs of housing.
Delaware does not tax Social Security benefits, and all other forms of retirement income are eligible for deductions. It is one of the few states that does not impose a sales tax at either the state or local level. Property taxes in Delaware are also below average.
Delaware scores well on Gallup's Well-Being Index, ranking in the top eight states.
Residents have easy access to health care as Bayhealth Hospital, Sussex Campus is located in the city. Another nearby hospital is Beebe Healthcare-Lewes, which U.S. News rates as high performing.