Ocean View is a small town in Southern Delaware's Sussex County. The town offers active adults access to laid-back coastal living, with amenities like a serene nature preserve and a local art gallery.
Climate & Geography
The town has a humid subtropical climate, with warm summers and cold winters. Residents can expect more rain than average and less snowfall. Temperatures in Ocean View don’t typically fall too far below freezing during the winter months.
Ocean View is located in Delaware's coastal plain region. The Indian River Bay borders Ocean View’s northern edge.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
Nature lovers in Ocean View will find that there are plenty of ways to enjoy their time in the coastal city. James Farm Ecological Preserve offers hiking trails, gardens, an amphitheater, and a beach alongside Indian River Bay. The preserve is a well known area for wildlife viewing. Bear Trap Dunes is a local golf club where fans of the sport can play during the warmer months.
Ellen Rice Studio and Learning Center showcases the local artist’s gallery. Visitors can stop by to view her paintings of Delaware’s coast.
Ocean View is home to a few local restaurants, and residents can take a drive to Rehoboth Beach to visit the Tanger Outlet Center, which offers more extensive shopping and dining options.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The overall cost of living in Ocean View is higher than the state and national averages. This is mainly due to the higher cost of homes and housing in the town.
The state of Delaware is considered to be tax friendly to retirees, as it does not have sales tax or Social Security tax. Income tax can range from 2.2 percent to 6.6 percent, and property taxes are generally lower than average.
The state of Delaware scores very high on Gallup’s Well-Being Index, ranking in the top eight states in the country.
Nearby hospitals include Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin, Maryland, and Beebe Healthcare Lewes, in Lewes. Beebe Healthcare Lewes is ranked as the No. 2 hospital in Delaware by U.S. News, and is rated high performing in three procedures and conditions.