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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  • 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...

  • Retro·active: Performance Art from 1964–1987

    2014.06.14

    Organized to coincide with the Museum’s showing of Independent Curators International’s Performance...

  • Boscov's Christmas In July

    2014.07.01

    Boscov's Christmas in July July 1 – 31, 2014 Please contribute to Boscov’s and The Food Bank of Delaware food drive now...

  • Forging Faith, Building Freedom

    2013.09.27

    Forging Faith, Building Freedom: African American Faith Experiences in Delaware, 1800-1980, opening at the Delaware History Museum on September...

  • Family Night on the River Taxi

    2014.06.10

    Enjoy a 45 minute taxi ride up the Christina, and after, receive a coupon to receive 10% off at Molly's Ice Cream and Deli.  $15 per family of...

  • Blue Rocks Home Game

    2014.04.08

    Come out and cheer on the Blue Rocks at Frawley Stadium!  Be sure to look at www.bluerocks.com for game times and special events and...

  • Kalmar Nyckel

    2014.05.22

    The Kalmar Nyckel Offers a wide array of sailing opportunities - from April through October.  Guests are invited to haul lines, set sails,...

  • Bonfires on the Beach

    2014.06.12

    Every Thursday (June 12 through August 28) beginning at dusk off Campbell Place.  Marshmallows and roasting sticks are provided, first come...

  • Movies and Concerts by the Canal

    2014.07.03

    Thursday nights at Lewes Canalfront Park are sweet summer magic. 

  • Happy Hour

    2014.07.01

    Various artists show their happy with this month’s theme. 

  • Illuminated Structures

    2014.04.19

    Visionary Scott Kip invents meticulously crafted architectural models out of wood, incorporating light as part of the temporal experience...

  • Lure of the Brandywine

    2014.07.01

    This exhibit presents artists’ responses to the pastoral Brandywine Valley. 

  • Clear Space Summer Repertory

    2014.07.03

    Clear Space Theatre Company presents “Sordid Lives,” a dark comedy. 

  • American Idols

    2014.07.05

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

  • Always … Patsy Cline

    2014.07.12

    See the tribute to one of the greatest singers of her generation.

  • ‘Annie’ at Longwood

    2014.07.24

    Those fun-lovin’ Brandywiners are at it again. As it has for more than 80 years, the group is working on its summer show. This year, the...

  • Bellevue Concert Series

    2014.07.01

    Make your way to Bellevue State Park on Sunday and Thursday nights for blues, jazz, swing and big band music. Don’t forget the picnic...

  • Advanced Explorer Mornings

    2014.07.11

    Morning workshops for kids 3-10 include guided tours and projects inspired by the American flag, the museum’s unusual portraits and...

  • Bugs: Outside the Box

    2014.06.14

    A butterfly with a 5-foot wing span? A 10-foot tall beetle? When it comes to bugs, the Delaware Museum of Natural History has all the creepy...

  • 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...


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