These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Delaware For 2017
We used data and science to determine the places in Delaware where everyone sleeps safe and sound.
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 8 places in Delaware with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:
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:
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 2015). 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 three criteria:
- Violent crimes per capita (murders, assaults, rapes, armed robberies)
- Property crimes per capita (thefts, burglaries, motor vehicle thefts)
- Total crimes per capita
For example, there were a total of 3,058 crimes committed in Elsmere which had a reported population of 6,154. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.497 which translates into a 1 in 2 chance of being the victim of a crime.
We only looked at cities that have populations of more than 5,000 people reported to the FBI in 2014. This left us with a total of 8 places in Delaware to rank.
We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 8 where 1 in any particular category is the safest.
Next, we averaged each places three 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 Elsmere. The most dangerous? Milford, where residents had a 1 in 1 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.
Population: 6,154Property Crime Rank: 1,150Violent Crime Rank: 1,908
Population: 32,740Property Crime Rank: 1,352Violent Crime Rank: 2,145
Population: 10,904Property Crime Rank: 2,215Violent Crime Rank: 3,007
4. New Castle
Population: 5,371Property Crime Rank: 2,921Violent Crime Rank: 2,622
Population: 37,144Property Crime Rank: 3,525Violent Crime Rank: 3,471
Population: 71,549Property Crime Rank: 3,267Violent Crime Rank: 3,834
Population: 7,290Property Crime Rank: 3,613Violent Crime Rank: 3,675
Population: 9,993Property Crime Rank: 3,584Violent Crime Rank: 3,765
There You Have It - The Safest In Delaware
Looking at the data, you can tell that anything within a 15-minute drive of Elsmere is the most desirable, according to science and data. But as most Delaware residents would agree, almost every place here is awesome.Most dangerous cities in Delaware:3rd Most Dangerous: Wilmington 2nd Most Dangerous: Seaford Most Dangerous: Milford
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