These Are The 10 Safest Cities In Delaware

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 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 10 places in Delaware with a population of more than 5,000, we came up with this list as the safest places here:

  1. Elsmere
  2. Newark
  3. Middletown
  4. Smyrna
  5. New Castle
  6. Dover
  7. Georgetown
  8. Wilmington
  9. Milford
  10. Seaford

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

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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 (2014). 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
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For example, there were a total of 25 crimes committed in Elsmere which had a reported population of 6,173. That means the number of crimes per capita is 0.00405 which translates into a 1 in 247 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 10 places in Delaware to rank.

We ranked each place for each criteria from 1 to 10 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? Seaford, where residents had a 1 in 120 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.

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1. Elsmere

Elsmere - Safest Places In Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,173
Property Crime Rank: 8
Violent Crime Rank: 17

2. Newark

Newark - Safest Places In Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,813
Property Crime Rank: 11
Violent Crime Rank: 16

3. Middletown

Middletown - Safest Places In Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,763
Property Crime Rank: 12
Violent Crime Rank: 14

4. Smyrna

Smyrna - Safest Places In Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,170
Property Crime Rank: 15
Violent Crime Rank: 20

5. New Castle

New Castle - Safest Places In Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,399
Property Crime Rank: 23
Violent Crime Rank: 8

6. Dover

Dover - Safest Places In Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,671
Property Crime Rank: 25
Violent Crime Rank: 23

7. Georgetown

Georgetown - Safest Places In Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,847
Property Crime Rank: 29
Violent Crime Rank: 30

8. Wilmington

Wilmington - Safest Places In Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,713
Property Crime Rank: 26
Violent Crime Rank: 34

9. Milford

Milford - Safest Places In Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,262
Property Crime Rank: 31
Violent Crime Rank: 26

10. Seaford

Seaford - Safest Places In Delaware
Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,419
Property Crime Rank: 30
Violent Crime Rank: 32

There You Have It

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: Milford
Most Dangerous: Seaford

Detailed List Of The Safest Places To Live In Delaware

CityRankPopulationProperty Crime RankViolent Crime Rank
Elsmere16,173817
Newark232,8131116
Middletown319,7631214
Smyrna411,1701520
New Castle55,399238
Dover637,6712523
Georgetown76,8472930
Wilmington871,7132634
Milford910,2623126
Seaford107,4193032

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