10 Safest Cities In Delaware

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Editor's Note: This article has been update for 2019. This is our fifth time rankings the safest places to live in Delaware.
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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 Ocean View.

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 are the 10 safest places to live in Delaware for 2019:

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

So what's the safest place to live in Delaware for 2019? According to the most recent FBI UCR data, Ocean View ranks as the safest place to live on a violent crime and property crime rate basis.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked.

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

The 10 Safest Cities In Delaware For 2019

Ocean View, DE
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
/10

Population: 2,117
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 188 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,275 (2nd safest)
More on Ocean View: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

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 number one Safest City in Delaware for 2019. 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. #OVisWinning

The rest of Delaware could learn a lot from Ocean View.

Milton, DE
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 2,932
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 238 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,568 (3rd safest)
More on Milton: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Milton's gold star safety measures have landed them the third safest in terms of property crimes and violent crimes on our list. The large number of educated residents in this make it a standout for any person looking to call Delaware home.

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 two Safest City in The First State for 2019

Milton is the kind of place that you can crack a Dogfish Head brew and kick back with your friends on your front porch without the worry of a drive by. Nothin' dangerous, here, folks. Good work Milton!

Bridgeville, DE
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 2,345
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 255 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,620 (4th safest)
More on Bridgeville: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

In Bridgeville they love their wide open spaces, their parks, their safe neighborhoods, and their good, wholesome country living. We all know nothin' says safe like showin' 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.

Elsmere, DE
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 6,102
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 262 (5th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,868 (5th safest)
More on Elsmere: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

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 2019.

So, if safe, family friendly communities that are happenin' is your cup of tea, you better hurry cuz Elsmere''s homes are sellin' like hotcakes.

Clayton, DE
Overall SnackAbility
6
/10

Population: 3,198
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 406 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 875 (1st safest)
More on Clayton: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Located just outside of the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge, is our fifth safest city in Delaware for 2019, 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 2019.

Lewes, DE
Overall SnackAbility
9
/10

Population: 3,131
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 127 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,459 (10th safest)
More on Lewes: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

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 sixth safest city in Delaware for 2019.

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
7.5
/10

Population: 33,722
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 284 (6th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,974 (6th safest)
More on Newark: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Newark is our seventh safest city in Delaware for 2019. 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.

8. Middletown
Middletown, DE
Source: Public domain

Population: 21,213
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 353 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,163 (7th safest)
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Middletown is the middle-of-nowhere, Delaware; so of course it's are safe. They are our eighth safest city in the Blue Hen State for 2019.

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 are our 7th safest in property crimes and 9th safest in terms of violent crimes? Absolutely.

Millsboro, DE
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
5
/10

Population: 4,366
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 343 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,214 (12th safest)
More on Millsboro: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

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
6
/10

Population: 2,466
Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 527 (12th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,270 (8th safest)
More on Selbyville: PhotosSearch Homes For Sale | Data

Where DE State Road 54 meets DE State Road 17 is our ninth tenth safest city in Delaware for 2019: 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 2019

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 (Sept 2018) 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)
10 Cheapest Places To Live In Delaware

For example, there were a total of 31 crimes committed in Ocean View which had a reported population of 2,117. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.0146 which translates into a 1 in 68 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 2017. 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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Ocean View. The most dangerous city in Delaware? Milford, 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.

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. Milford
  2. Wilmington
  3. Seaford
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Where Are The 10 Safest Cities In Delaware For 2019?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Ocean View, DE 2,117 188 1,275
2 Milton, DE 2,932 238 1,568
3 Bridgeville, DE 2,345 255 1,620
4 Elsmere, DE 6,102 262 1,868
5 Clayton, DE 3,198 406 875
6 Lewes, DE 3,131 127 2,459
7 Newark, DE 33,722 284 1,974
8 Middletown, DE 21,213 353 2,163
9 Millsboro, DE 4,366 343 4,214
10 Selbyville, DE 2,466 527 2,270

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