Wilmington

On the downside, the only high schools in the city are charters, so your child is getting bused to the burbs, which, given the high taxes, doesn’t seem fair, especially if the busing is to a school in a sub-par district. On the upside—and it is a large one—you have a choice of beautiful neighborhoods like The Highlands, the enclave of Midtown Brandywine, the ever-popular Trolley Square and the tight-knit Triangle. The downtown and Riverfront can supply all your entertainment needs, from symphony to The Grand Opera House to live modern music at The World Cafe Live at the Queen to movies and IMAX at Penn Cinemas. How many cities of comparable size have a major art museum, a contemporary art center, and so many opera, theater and dance companies? Need we mention dining options from tiny Caribbean joints to the continental splendor of The Green Room? Yes, some neighborhoods need help, but you live in the employment and commercial center of the state, there are several beautiful parks and a burgeoning riverfront, and there are all the festivals and other public celebrations you could ever ask for.

School District: Brandywine
Taxes: 4.2691
Median home cost: $106,200

School District: Christina
Taxes: 4.0946
Median home cost: $106,200

School District: Colonial
Taxes: 3.4866
Median home cost: $106,200

School District: Red Clay
Taxes: 3.7926
Median home cost: $106,200
Commute: 26
Safety: 9-6
Arts and culture: 5
Shopping and dining: 5
Nightlife: 3

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  • Family Photos

    2014.09.28

    Be a part of Children & Families First’s upcoming Family Photo Album. Capture your family’s special moments while helping other families in...

  • Timothy Barr - New Paintings

    2014.09.12

    Timothy Barr paints with a heightened sense of the relationship between color and light, infusing natural images with a serene and meditative...

  • Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014

    2014.08.25

    Achievers Academy Golf Tournament 2014 at the Brandywine Country Club  (www.brandywinecountryclub.net). Saturday, October  4,...

  • Hippo Haven Opens This Summer at Adventure Aquarium!

    2014.05.29

    This summer, Camden’s largest residents, Adventure Aquarium’s hippopotamuses Button and Genny, invite you to join them in their exciting new...

  • Sacred Spaces: The Photography of Ahmet Ertug

    2014.04.24

    The splendor of Byzantine Christian art—preserved through the ages in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the...

  • Happy Hour!

    2014.09.08

    Happy Hour, 3-7PM! Drink and Food Specials: $3 Food Specials: Empanadas, Queso Frito, Patatas Bravas, Eggplant fries. $5 Food Specials:...

  • Found Footage Festival

    2014.09.30

    The Found Footage Festival is a one-of-a-kind event showcasing videos found at garage sales and thrift stores and in warehouses and dumpsters...

  • Portable Fire: A History of Match Safes

    2014.09.13

    These ain’t your granddad’s matchboxes—check out 60 rare examples of decadent 19th-century cases.

  • Quiet Views

    2014.09.06

    Artists Steve Rogers and Mary Pritchard present work in acrylic and pastel that depicts lovely, solitary views of the Delmarva Peninsula. 

  • Tummy Time First Fridays

    2014.09.01

    BYOB (bring your own blanket) to this new drop-in discovery program for infants and caregivers at Winterthur.

  • Rehoboth Farmers Market

    2014.07.01

    More than 30 vendors sell vegetables, fruit, cheeses, meats, prepared foods, baked goods, flowers and all kinds of goodies at Grove Park every...

  • Pumpkin Playground

    2014.09.27

    Better hurry--Halloween is coming quick. And on October 31, it’s your last chance to come get dirty in the pumpkin patch before this...

  • From the Hobble Skirt to the Little Black Dress: Fashion Fads, Trends and Innovations, 1910-1940

    2014.09.01

    Calling all vintage fiends—what, did you think the LBD was invented yesterday? Learn all about your favorite closet staple. 

  • Angels in America: Part One— The Millennium Approaches

    2014.09.25

     “History is about to crack right open.” The hauntingly poetic line serves as the backdrop for the Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

  • American Idols

    2014.07.05

    John Moran presents glass sculptures of presidential busts, recast as heroes of American reality television.

  • Costumes of Downton Abbey

    2014.04.01

    The Crawleys are skipping the Atlantic—well, their clothes are. If you’re anything like us, you’re having trouble thinking of...

  • Exalted Nature: The Real and Fantastic World of Charles Burchfield

    2014.08.23

    Charles Burchfield was one of the leading American artists of the 20th century. His vibrant landscapes steal the spotlight in this exhibition.

  • Fiddler on the Roof

    2014.09.12

    The Candlelight Theatre has some celebrating to do: Its 10-year anniversary is this season. What better way to honor that than with one of the...

  • Falling in Love with Art

    2014.09.30

    At Mispillion Art League’s biggest show of the year, the message is clear—love is art.

  • Harvest Market

    2014.09.20

    From honey and apples to pottery and handcrafted jewelry, regional artisans showcase their crafts in the courtyard of the Brandywine River...


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