From the capital city of Dover to the river city of Milford, Kent County’s communities are diverse. Nature, history and culture mingle to create a varied and attractive region. In 2017, 176,824 people called the county home, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. The county, part of the Dover Metropolitan Area, has 20 cities and towns.
Kent County’s communities give newcomers to the region plenty of choices to consider when selecting a home. Enlist the help of a reputable real estate agent to help you sort through the area’s home options. The Kent County Association of Realtors is a central source of local real estate information and services. Its members can provide expertise and professional services for those interested in purchasing a new home. Visit https://tinyurl.com/y94y68mp for more information.
Kent County covers nearly 800 square miles in the center of Delaware, with 212 square miles of that being water. The county, like all of Delaware’s counties, is subdivided into Hundreds. There are several explanations for how the Hundreds were arrived at, either being an area containing 100 families, an area containing 100 people or an area that could raise 100 militiamen. Kent was originally apportioned into six Hundreds but today the county contains nine Hundreds.
Communities in Kent County near Dover Air Force Base include Dover, Harrington, Milford and Smyrna.
15 Loockerman Plaza
Dover, DE 19901
Dover — Delaware’s capital city — was founded in 1683 by William Penn, and is the home of Dover Air Force Base. Amenities include low property taxes and no sales tax on shopping, dining and entertainment. The community offers plenty of variety, from the Route 13 commercial strip to historic districts to downtown’s small boutiques, art galleries and museums.
Dover’s land area is 23 square miles; the city has a population of 37,538 and averages 1,557 people per square mile, the U.S. Census says. Mean travel time to work is about 21 minutes. Median rent is $982, and the selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,433.
The city of Dover maintains 28 parks, which offer open spaces, walking paths, picnic areas, places to fish, playgrounds and sports fields and facilities.
106 Dorman St.
Harrington, DE 19952
Just 17 miles south of Dover and 12 west of Milford, the quiet, agricultural town of Harrington, population 3,679 as of 2016, grew up around a railroad junction in the heart of the Delmarva Peninsula near the intersection of State Highways 13 and 14. It’s a family-friendly center for hunting, fishing, camping and water recreation and home of the Delaware State Fair, as well as the Harrington Raceway & Casino.
The local schools are recognized as top-notch, and seven colleges are within an hour’s drive. Residents shop at mom-and-pop stores; recreational resources include the Community Recreation Center, which has classes ranging from soccer to dance; the annual tree-lighting, caroling and family events at Freedom Park pavilion; storytime, crafts and patting sessions with the library cat at the Community Library; and boating, fishing, swimming, hiking, picnicking and camping on the serene millpond at Killens Pond State Park.
The town covers a little more than 2 square miles. Mean travel time to work is a little over 27 minutes, median rent is $920, and the selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,424, according to the U.S. Census.
201 S. Walnut St.
Milford, DE 19963
Historic Milford straddles the banks of the Mispillion River, lying partially in both Kent and Sussex counties, and was settled in 1680. With roots in shipbuilding and agriculture, Milford has a rich history. Today, the city is home to the Riverfront Theatre, the Mispillion Art League and galleries, shops and performance spaces. Annual fetes include September’s patriotic Riverwalk Freedom Festival and April’s Bug and Bud Festival, which celebrates ladybugs (the helpful little state insect), nature, Arbor Day and trees.
Milford’s land area is 9.45 square miles; the U.S. Census puts the population at 11,075 and the number of people per square mile at 1,011. Mean travel time to work is about 24 minutes. Median rent is $833, and the selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,248.
The city maintains five parks and the Mispillion Riverwalk, which offers easy access to many of the city’s businesses and attractions. The city is also home to the DuPont Nature Center, an ideal viewing area for spawning horseshoe crabs and migratory shorebirds.
27 S. Market Street Plaza
Smyrna, DE 19977
Smyrna was first known as the tiny village of Salisbury in 1716. Located on the southern bank of Duck Creek, the community soon was home to thriving merchant vessels. Shipbuilding as well as shipping grain, lumber, peaches and fertilizer were prominent businesses. In 1806, Salisbury was renamed Smyrna by the Delaware Assembly.
Today, Smyrna continues to grow as its strategic location — north of Dover and south of Newark and Wilmington — makes it a competitive location for business. Residents enjoy a historic small-town atmosphere while the municipality continues to progress by upgrading infrastructure to prepare for growth.
Smyrna’s land area is 5.93 square miles; 11,584 people live there, and it averages 1,691 people per square mile, according to the U.S. Census. Mean travel time to work is about 30 minutes. Median rent is $922, and the selected monthly owner costs of housing units with a mortgage are $1,534.
The town is home to parks and recreational facilities, including a skateboard park. Lake Como offers swimming and boating. East of Smyrna is the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge with its walking trails, observation towers, hunting opportunities, nature and educational programs, and interpretive displays.