Located within the Columbus area, Delaware serves as a home for those that enjoy outdoor recreation and a small-town environment.
Climate & Geography
Residents experience a humid continental climate where summers are warm to hot, while winters are cold to freezing and windy. There is average rainfall and less snowfall in Delaware compared to the national averages.
The Olentangy River runs through Delaware.
Recreation, Culture, & Entertainment
In Delaware, active adults can travel the many bikeway paths, enjoy more than 250 acres of park land, visit the Veterans Memorial Plaza, or golf. At the Veterans Memorial Plaza an eternal flame structure burns with surrounding benches, landscaping, and memorial bricks available for purchase. Experienced and novice golfers will enjoy Hidden Valley Golf Course, nestled in Delaware’s hidden valley, with a winding creek, par-28 layout, pond, and numerous sand traps.
In the city’s downtown area, restaurants, shops, and entertainment venues line the streets. Many events are held in the area such as the annual Soups for Shelter, Pork-a-Palooza, and various workshops.
Delaware is less than an hour’s drive from the state capital, Columbus, with many recreation options available.
Cost of Living & Taxes
The cost of living in Delaware is higher than the state and national average. The cost of homes and housing is the main factor in the cost of living difference.
In Ohio, Social Security benefits are exempt from state income taxes and retirees can claim a tax credit up to $200 on other types of retirement income. There is a 7 percent sales tax in Delaware.
There are six hospitals located within 20 miles of Delaware: OhioHealth Riverside Methodist Hospital, Memorial Hospital-Marysville, Columbus Dublin Springs Hospital, OhioHealth Dublin Methodist Hospital, Mount Carmel St. Ann’s Hospital, and OhioHealth Grady Memorial Hospital.
Mount Carmel St Ann’s Hospital is high performing in heart failure and knee replacements. OhioHealth Dublin Methodist is high performing in hip replacements. OhioHealth Riverside Methodist is ranked No. 2 in Columbus and No. 9 in Ohio. The hospital is considered high performing in neurology and neurosurgery and seven other procedures and conditions.