These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Delaware For 2019

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 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's the list of the safest cities in Delaware for 2019:

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

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

How we calculated the safest cities in Delaware

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.

Ocean View, DE
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
8.5
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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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Milton, DE
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6
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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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Bridgeville, DE
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5
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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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Elsmere, DE
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6
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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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Elsmere is a town in New Castle County, Delaware, United States, bordering the city of Wilmington along Wilmington's western border. According to the 2010 Census, the population of the town is 6,131. Clayton, DE
Overall SnackAbility
6
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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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

Newark, DE
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7.5
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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: PhotosReal 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.

8. Middletown

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Population: 21,213
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 353 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,163 (7th safest)
More on Middletown: 

Millsboro, DE
Source: Public domain
Overall SnackAbility
5
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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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

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
For more reading, check out:

List Of 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
11 New Castle, DE 5,362 335 4,252
12 Smyrna, DE 11,593 543 2,406
13 Harrington, DE 3,699 567 3,244
14 Camden, DE 3,492 458 5,183
15 Dover, DE 38,084 693 4,387
16 Laurel, DE 4,238 1,274 4,247
17 Georgetown, DE 7,338 613 5,750
18 Seaford, DE 7,880 748 5,659
19 Wilmington, DE 71,552 1,596 4,961
20 Milford, DE 11,223 917 5,747

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