These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Delaware For 2018

We used data and science to determine the places in Delaware where everyone sleeps safe and sound.

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We all want the finer things in life. Love, comfort and safety are at the top of everyone's list. For a lot of people who live in the fine state of Delaware, safety isn't a problem, but we don't live in the safest state, either. Delaware is somewhere in the middle.

The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest places to live are in the First State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not in your local paper.

After analyzing 20 places in Delaware with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Milton
  2. Lewes
  3. Ocean View
  4. Clayton
  5. Newark (Photos)
  6. Middletown
  7. Bridgeville
  8. Elsmere
  9. Selbyville
  10. Smyrna (Photos)

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. Or for more reading on safe places to read, check out:

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How we calculated the safest cities in Delaware

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the safest, we didn't want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI's most recent report of crime (Sept 2017). Specifically, we analyzed the FBI's Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of property crimes and violent crimes in each city per year. We used two criteria:

  • Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
  • Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
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For example, there were a total of 35 crimes committed in Milton which had a reported population of 2,875. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0122 which translates into a 1 in 82 chance of being the victim of a crime.

We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 2,000 people reported to the FBI in 2016. This left us with a total of 20 places in Delaware to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 20 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.

Next, we averaged each places two criteria to create a Safety Index. We crowned the place with the lowest overall Safety Score "The Safest Place In Delaware".

The safest city, based on population, is Milton. The most dangerous? Wilmington, where residents had a 1 in 15 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Note: This report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments, nor does it reflect the fact that people from out of town may come into a community and cause a crime. It simply looks at where crimes occurred most frequently, based on a city's population.

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1. Milton

Milton, Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,875
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 104 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,113 (1st safest)

Taking the crown as the safest city in Delaware for 2018 is Milton -- a classic example of everything that makes Delaware great.

We are talking about only having a 1 in 89.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 958 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's crazy safe. Compare it to Little Rock, AR -- the most dangerous city in the country -- with roughly a 1 in 30 chance of beign the victim of a property crime.

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2. Lewes

Lewes, Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,065
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 97 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,055 (4th safest)

If you're thinking of moving to Delaware and safety is a top priority, then you can't do much better than Lewes -- the 2nd safest in the First State.

Lewes is the kind of place that old timers talk about longingly -- where kids can run around during the day without adult supervision and you can leave your front door unlocked.

You only had a 1 in 48.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Lewes.

3. Ocean View

Ocean View, Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,075
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 144 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,397 (3rd safest)

You might not post on Facebook that much, but now's a time to change that. Be proud that Ocean View ranks as the 3rd safest city in Delaware.

Go on. With all the negativity on Facebook all the time now, this is great news for Ocean View.

We'll wait here safe and sound.

4. Clayton

Clayton, Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,165
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 189 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,169 (2nd safest)

You might be surprised to find Clayton this high on the list, but, trust us, no one in Clayton is surpised.

This gem of a place in the First State boasts the 2nd best property crime rate and 4th best violent crime rate for 2018.

5. Newark

Newark, Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 34,297
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 332 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,230 (5th safest)

Finishing just inside the top five is Newark, DE.

You get what you pay for in Newark -- super low crime rates. A 1 in 300 chance of being the victim of violent crime gives Newark residents a well earned feeling of safety.

We'd move to Newark in heartbeat.

6. Middletown

Population: 20,666
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 338 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,419 (6th safest)

Everyone is trying to get in on the quality of life in Middletown, the 6th safest city in Delaware.

The town of some 20,666 people will have to try and continue to try and keep Middletown a secret, lest crime starts going up simply because of people breaking down the doors to get into town.

See what we did there Middletown?

7. Bridgeville

Bridgeville, Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,297
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 391 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,568 (8th safest)

Bridgeville is a feel good story of safety and comfort in Delaware.

It has 1 in 38.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 255 chance of being the victim of violent crime.

That's some of the tops you'll find across the country -- nevermind just in Delaware.

8. Elsmere

Population: 6,149
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 455 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,455 (7th safest)

The eighth safest city in Delaware for 2018 goes to Elsmere. Let's see why.

There were only 28 violent crimes here last year -- which is basically 0 for the average citizen. And there were only 151 property crimes to boot.

9. Selbyville

Selbyville, Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 2,440
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 368 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,196 (11th safest)

If you're looking for a safe place to live in Delaware, may we present Selbyville as an option.

While it doesn't sit at the very top of the chart for Delaware, it still has an impressively low crime rate.

78 property crimes occurred here, which nets out to being the 11th best in Delaware on a rate basis.

10. Smyrna

Smyrna, Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,573
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 604 (14th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,678 (9th safest)

And just making it into the top ten for 2018 is Smyrna.

But we know they don't take this spot for granted -- Smyrna residents can attest that their home town deserves to be the on list.

In total, there were 70 violent crimes and 310 property crimes in Smyrna; that's really good for a place of 11,573 people and definitely something to be happy about looking forward into 2018.

There You Have It - The Safest In Delaware

Looking at the data, you can tell that Milton is as safe as they come, according to science and data.

But as most Delaware residents would agree, almost every place here has its safe and not safe parts. So just make sure you're informed ahead of time.

Most dangerous cities in Delaware:
3rd Most Dangerous: Milford
2nd Most Dangerous: Seaford
Most Dangerous: Wilmington

Detailed List Of The Safest Cities To Live In Delaware For 2018

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Milton162,8751041,113
Lewes273,065972,055
Ocean View312,0751441,397
Clayton423,1651891,169
Newark5534,2973322,230
Middletown6820,6663382,419
Bridgeville732,2973912,568
Elsmere846,1494552,455
Selbyville9122,4403683,196
Smyrna10911,5736042,678
New Castle11105,3925933,505
Millsboro12114,2864664,176
Harrington13133,7199412,957
Camden14143,5123985,580
Dover151537,8248114,970
Laurel16184,1501,1324,024
Georgetown17167,1775995,684
Milford182010,3929625,273
Seaford19197,7251,0485,152
Wilmington201772,1831,7804,909

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