Top 15 Safest Cities In Delaware For 2018

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 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:

  1. Milton (Photos | Homes)
  2. Lewes (Photos | Homes)
  3. Ocean View (Photos | Homes)
  4. Clayton (Photos | Homes)
  5. Newark (Photos | Homes)
  6. Middletown (Homes)
  7. Bridgeville (Photos | Homes)
  8. Elsmere (Photos | Homes)
  9. Selbyville (Photos | Homes)
  10. Smyrna (Photos | Homes)
  11. New Castle (Photos | Homes)
  12. Millsboro (Photos | Homes)
  13. Harrington (Photos | Homes)
  14. Camden (Photos | Homes)
  15. Dover (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 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)
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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".

The safest city, based on our criteria, is Milton. The most dangerous city in Delaware? Wilmington, where residents had a 1 in 14 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.

1. Milton

Milton, DE

Population: 2,875
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 104 (2nd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,113 (1st safest)
More on Milton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

2. Lewes

Lewes, DE

Population: 3,065
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 97 (1st safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,055 (4th safest)
More on Lewes: PhotosReal Estate | Data

3. Ocean View

Ocean View, DE
Source: Public domain

Population: 2,075
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 144 (3rd safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,397 (3rd safest)
More on Ocean View: PhotosReal Estate | Data

4. Clayton

Clayton, DE

Population: 3,165
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 189 (4th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,169 (2nd safest)
More on Clayton: PhotosReal Estate | Data

5. Newark

Newark, DE

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: 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.

6. Middletown

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: 

7. Bridgeville

Bridgeville, DE

Population: 2,297
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 391 (8th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,568 (8th safest)
More on Bridgeville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

8. Elsmere

Elsmere, DE

Population: 6,149
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 455 (10th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,455 (7th 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.

9. Selbyville

Selbyville, DE

Population: 2,440
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 368 (7th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,196 (11th safest)
More on Selbyville: PhotosReal Estate | Data

10. Smyrna

Smyrna, DE

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: PhotosReal 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.

11. New Castle

New Castle, DE

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: PhotosReal 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.

12. Millsboro

Millsboro, DE
Source: Public domain

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: PhotosReal Estate | Data

13. Harrington

Harrington, DE

Population: 3,719
Rank Last Year: 13 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 941 (16th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,957 (10th safest)
More on Harrington: PhotosReal Estate | Data

14. Camden

Camden, DE
Source: Public domain

Population: 3,512
Rank Last Year: 14 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 398 (9th safest)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,580 (19th safest)
More on Camden: PhotosReal Estate | Data

15. Dover

Dover, DE

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: PhotosReal 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.

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

  1. Wilmington
  2. Seaford
  3. Milford
For more reading, check out:

List Of Safest Cities In Delaware For 2018

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 Milton, DE 2,875 104 1,113
2 Lewes, DE 3,065 97 2,055
3 Ocean View, DE 2,075 144 1,397
4 Clayton, DE 3,165 189 1,169
5 Newark, DE 34,297 332 2,230
6 Middletown, DE 20,666 338 2,419
7 Bridgeville, DE 2,297 391 2,568
8 Elsmere, DE 6,149 455 2,455
9 Selbyville, DE 2,440 368 3,196
10 Smyrna, DE 11,573 604 2,678
11 New Castle, DE 5,392 593 3,505
12 Millsboro, DE 4,286 466 4,176
13 Harrington, DE 3,719 941 2,957
14 Camden, DE 3,512 398 5,580
15 Dover, DE 37,824 811 4,970
16 Laurel, DE 4,150 1,132 4,024
17 Georgetown, DE 7,177 599 5,684
18 Milford, DE 10,392 962 5,273
19 Seaford, DE 7,725 1,048 5,152
20 Wilmington, DE 72,183 1,780 4,909

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