Smyrna was recently named “the fastest growing community in Delaware.” Between the 2000 and 2010 censuses, the population in Smyrna increased by 76.5%. A progressive community with an eye towards the future, Smyrna is the natural growth center for central Delaware. That’s why Smyrna was named one of the 100 best places in the nation to retire, among Old House magazine’s 2009 Best Old House Neighborhoods, the fastest growing residential area in Delaware in 2008-2009, and rated by Delaware Today magazine in the top seven of 35 Delaware town’s for taxes, culture, shopping, dining and quality of schools.
Smyrna was named the fastest growing town in the State of Delaware in 2014-2015.
Residents of Smyrna take pride in our community. That’s why the town council created a public body, the Historic District Review Board, to maintain the historic integrity of the Historic Preservation Overlay District. Almost 500 homes and properties in Smyrna qualify for the National Register of Historic Places. In order to protect the historic charm of Smyrna, the Historic District Review Board assesses the district’s architecture and established a guideline for exterior design alterations and construction for any structures within the Historic Preservation Overlay District.
As a result of its strategic location, attention to preservation availability of affordable housing stock and excellent education system, Smyrna is rapidly gaining a reputation as an ideal place for families.
Home to approximately 11,000 residents, Smyrna was recently ranked 31st in the nation, and first in Delaware, for quality of life among towns ranging between 5,000 and 15,000 people. New residences, including apartment complexes, single family homes, duplexes, and townhouses are added to Smyrna every year. There are more than 40 subdivisions in town, with new subdivisions in the pipeline. The town of Smyrna also believes that all residents should have access to safe, affordable, quality housing regardless of socioeconomic status. Smyrna continues to be one of Kent County’s quintessential small towns, rich with history, tradition, and historic charm.