The 10 Safest Cities In Delaware For 2020

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

Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2020. This is our sixth time rankings the safest places to live in Delaware.
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Delaware is famous for many reasons: it is the oldest state in America, it is home to the NASCAR Monster Mile in Dover, and it has some of the safest places to call home.

And, here at HomeSnacks, we wanted to know just how safe is Delaware? More importantly, where, exactly, are the safest cities in The First State? So, we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 20 cities with over 2,000 residents. We looked at important factors like property crimes and violent crimes per capita for every place from New Castle to Delmar.

We discovered that Delaware has a bunch of amazing features that can't be ignored. For one, if you choose to live in any of Delaware's safest places, you'll be front row to some of the tastiest seafood, many of the East Coast's best beaches, and some of the country's most ambitious people. Heck, there's a reason the state has the most Fortune 500 companies in the U.S. and notables like former Vice President Joe Biden and Valerie Bertinelli have been singing the praises of places like Wilmington and Bethany Beach for years: these are not only some of the best places in the state, they are some of Delaware's safest.

We suggest that you crank some Chuck Wicks, grab a basket of fresh blue crab, and read on as we divulge the safest places in Delaware for 2020.

Here are the 10 safest cities to live in Delaware for 2020:

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

So, what city is the safest place to live in Delaware for 2020? Well, according to the most recent FBI data we crunched, Ocean View is the safest place to live in The Small Wonder. It's not surprising considering Ocean View scored a 9/10 snackability safety score with an emphasis on jobs and education.

Check out the rest of our not so naughty, very safe Delaware cities to see how your city ranked. And if you don't find your favorite there, head to the bottom.

For more reading on safe places to live in and around Delaware, check out:

The 10 Safest Cities In Delaware For 2020

Ocean View, DE
Source: Public domain
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Population: 2,146
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 93 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,118 (2nd safest)
More on Ocean View: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Ocean View Crime Report & Statistics

With a little over 2,000 residents, the superb quality of life in this little city just two miles from the beach, is the reason that it is our firstsafest city in Delaware for 2020. The city's motto is 'A Place to Come Home To'. We would have to agree.

We think this is definitely why they scored a whopping 8.5/10 on our snackablity scale with an 8/10 safety score. They were second in both violent crimes and property crimes. They are always looking out for each other. The rest of Delaware could learn a lot from Ocean View.

Milton, DE
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Population: 2,966
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 0 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,584 (5th safest)
More on Milton: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Milton Crime Report & Statistics

Milton's gold star safety measures have landed them the second safest in Delaware. In terms of property crimes and violent crimes, they ranked fifth lowest and lowest, respectively.

With close to 3,000 residents, the superb quality of life in this little village in Sussex County is the reason that it is our number 2 safest city in The First State for 2020. The large number of educated residents in town make it a standout for any person looking to call Delaware home.

Milton is the kind of place that you can crack a Dogfish Head brew and kick back with your friends on your front porch. Good work Milton!

Bridgeville, DE
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Population: 2,368
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 168 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,393 (3rd safest)
More on Bridgeville: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Bridgeville Crime Report & Statistics

In Bridgeville they love their wide open spaces, their parks, their safe neighborhoods, and their good, wholesome country living. We all know nothing says safe like showing' up to the annual 'Apple Scrapple Festival' with your gal by your side and a newly mounted rack, right?

Bridgeville is so safe, that the only crime here is a bad haircut or putting ketchup in our seafood boil. Its small city charm delivers big opportunities to all that are searching for a safe place to call home. They claim to be more then prepared to show you the good 'ol hometown pride that makes this part of the country famous and safe.

Lewes, DE
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Population: 3,134
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 223 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,074 (8th safest)
More on Lewes: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Lewes Crime Report & Statistics

In Lewes they love their proximity to the Atlantic Ocean, their parks, and their safe neighborhoods. With characteristics like these, as well as low crime, it's no wonder they are our fourth safest city in Delaware for 2020.

Lewes scored a strong 9/10 on our safety snackability scale. They have been putting 'safety first' to the test since the beginning of Delaware. Heck, if you can keep your city safe as long as they have, you can claim the title "The First Town in the First State."

If this doesn't make you an "Lewes Believer," check out our story "Best Places to Live in Delaware." This Sussex County city is the real deal!

Review Of Lewes by HomeSnacks User

Lewes is a wonderful community that enjoys a terrific location and great citizenry that is highly engaged. Our residents have helped this community evolve. to what it is today.

As you may be aware Lewes was also recognized as the safest community in DE earlier this year.

Newark, DE
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 34,207
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 292 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,949 (6th safest)
More on Newark: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Newark Crime Report & Statistics

Newark is our fifth safest city in Delaware for 2020. They are also the 6th oldest city in the Small Wonder.

You won't hear guns poppin' and see fists flying in this city. Newark's age brings experience, and this experience means they have plenty of safety measures in place to keep you and your family, you guessed it, safe.

Newark knows what they're doing. They scored a 7.5/10 on our safety snackability scale with an emphasis on jobs.

6. Middletown
Middletown, DE
Source: Public domain

Population: 22,350
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 286 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,955 (7th safest)
More on Middletown: 

Middletown is the middle-of-nowhere, Delaware; so of course it's are safe. They are our sixth safest city in the Blue Hen State for 2020.

Middletown is the kind of place where one can safely cruise the roads on bicycles and skateboards.It's also the kind of place where packages from Amazon won't get stolen from your front porch.

Do we think that's why they have the seventh lowest property crimes and the sixth lowest violent crimes? Absolutely.

Clayton, DE
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 3,297
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 485 (13th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 879 (1st safest)
More on Clayton: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Clayton Crime Report & Statistics

Located just outside of the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, is our seventh safest city in Delaware for 2020, Clayton. Clayton's residents are so busy having fun, they don't have time commit crime: property or violent.

This city in Kent County offers a big city vibe with a laid back suburban feel. There's a true sense of community in Clayton, and education is a top priority.

So grab the fam, pack the U Haul, and get a-movin' soon so you don't miss out any of their safe, family friendly activities scheduled for 2020.

Elsmere, DE
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 6,033
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 414 (11th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,574 (4th safest)
More on Elsmere: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Elsmere Crime Report & Statistics

Elsmere's slogan should be "Where It's Happening". Not only are they a super cool, super safe city just outside of Wilmington, they have a boatload of neighborhood watch groups, and boatload of gun stores within a ten minute drive.

More importantly, Elsmere scored a strong safety ranking with an emphasis on available jobs and education. We think they are definitely deserving of our fourth safest city in Delaware for 2020. So, if safe, family friendly communities that are happenin' is your cup of tea, you better hurry because Elsmere's homes are selling like hotcakes.

Millsboro, DE
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 4,439
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 247 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,032 (12th safest)
More on Millsboro: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Millsboro Crime Report & Statistics

Rumor has it Wonder Woman flies over Millsboro every day on her safety rounds. Do we think that's why this Sussex County city is our ninth safest city in Millsboro? Of course!

It doesn't end there, folks. There's lots to do Millsboro. The residents, here, love to hang out at the beach, go on bike rides, have neighborhood picnics: they take every opportunity to get to know their community. They take safety very seriously.

We think this coastal community's motto should be: 'Feels Like Home'. They are super welcoming; and in true Delaware fashion, they would be happy if you called it home.

Selbyville, DE
Overall SnackAbility

Population: 2,494
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 360 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,245 (9th safest)
More on Selbyville: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data | Selbyville Crime Report & Statistics

Where DE State Road 54 meets DE State Road 17 is our tenth safest city in Delaware for 2020: Selbyville.

This Sussex County city, with close to 2500 residents should be called the 'The Best City to raise a family in Delaware,' too, because their park safety is on point.

And kudos to this Delaware/Maryland border town, their snackability rating is off the charts with their low crime and high safety score! They are also crushing it with their strong job market. They scored an 8.5/10. Busy people = less naughty people. If that doesn't say safe, we don't know what does.

How we calculated the safest cities in Delaware for 2020

Safest Cities in Delaware Graph

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 (Published Sept 2019) in Delaware.

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 26 crimes committed in Ocean View which had a reported population of 2,146. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0121 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 2018, the last reporting year. This left us with a total of 20 of the biggest cities in Delaware to rank.

We ranked each city 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" with any ties going to the bigger city. You can download the data here.

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Ocean View. The most dangerous city in Delaware? Seaford, where residents had a 1 in 16 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.

There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The First State

Looking at the data, you can tell that Ocean View 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.

Here's a look at the most dangerous cities in Delaware according to the data:

  1. Seaford
  2. Wilmington
  3. Georgetown
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Where Are The 10 Safest Cities In Delaware For 2020?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Ocean View, DE 2,146 93 1,118
2 Milton, DE 2,966 0 1,584
3 Bridgeville, DE 2,368 168 1,393
4 Lewes, DE 3,134 223 2,074
5 Newark, DE 34,207 292 1,949
6 Middletown, DE 22,350 286 1,955
7 Clayton, DE 3,297 485 879
8 Elsmere, DE 6,033 414 1,574
9 Millsboro, DE 4,439 247 4,032
10 Selbyville, DE 2,494 360 2,245
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