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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 all get to live in the safest cities -- unless of course you live in Milton.
The purpose of this post is to determine where the safest cities to live are in the First State. Those places where crime is usually something you hear about on Facebook, but not from your local paper.
In all, we analyzed 20 cities in Delaware with a population of more than 2,000 using the latest FBI crime data.
Here's the list of the safest cities in Delaware for 2018:
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) 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)
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 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".
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.
Population: 34,297 Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 332 (5th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,230 (5th safest) More on Newark:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Newark is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, United States. It is located 12 miles west-southwest of Wilmington. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 31,454. Newark is home to the University of Delaware, which is often regarded as a top ten ranked University in the United States.
Population: 20,666 Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 338 (6th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,419 (6th safest) More on Middletown:
Population: 11,573 Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 604 (14th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,678 (9th safest) More on Smyrna:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Smyrna is a town in Kent and New Castle counties in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is part of the Dover, Delaware Metropolitan Statistical Area. According to the Census Bureau, as of 2010, the population of the town is 10,023.
Population: 5,392 Rank Last Year: 10 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 593 (12th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,505 (12th safest) More on New Castle:Photos | Real Estate | Data
New Castle is a city in New Castle County, Delaware, six miles south of Wilmington, situated on the Delaware River. In 1900, 3,380 people lived here; in 1910, 3,351. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the city is 5,285.
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Population: 4,286 Rank Last Year: 11 (Down 1) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 466 (11th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,176 (14th safest) More on Millsboro:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Population: 37,824 Rank Last Year: 15 (No Change) Violent Crimes Per 100k: 811 (15th safest) Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,970 (16th safest) More on Dover:Photos | Real Estate | Data
Dover is the capital and second-largest city in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is also the county seat of Kent County, and the principal city of the Dover, DE Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Kent County and is part of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD Combined Statistical Area. It is located on the St. Jones River in the Delaware River coastal plain. It was named by William Penn of Dover in Kent, England. As of 2010, the city had a population of 36,047.
There You Have It - The Safest Cities In The First State
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.