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Safest Places to Live in Delaware 2020

EPF Last Update: June 7, 2020

Delaware is located on the East Coast, in the northeast of the United States. It is the second smallest state, right after Rhode Island. It is so small that it is divided into only three counties. With slightly over 950,000 residents, it is the 6th least populous, but also the 6th most densely populated state.

However, Delaware has been a very important state throughout the history of the United States. It was one of the original 13 colonies, and it was also the first state to ratify the US Constitution, hence its nickname ‘The First State’.

The capital and the second largest city is Dover, while the largest city is Wilmington, with over 70,000 residents.

Thanks to such a small size, low population, and small cities, Delaware is among the top 10 safest states. The violent crime decreased by  10.2% in the period from 2016 to 2017, which was 11.1% per 100,000 people.

Ranking Criteria

ElitePersonalFinance extracted the latest data from the FBI crime statistics in the United States. We took violent crime as the main criteria. To get our score, we used this formula:

Crime Score = ( Total Number of Violent Crimes / Population ) * 1,000

This way, cities that are the safest got the lowest score and those that are more vulnerable to crime got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI were not included in the list, as well as cities with a population under 1,000.

20 Safest Places in Delaware 2020

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Milton 2966 0 0,00
2 Blades 1444 1 0,69
3 Bethany Beach 1224 1 0,82
4 Ocean View 2146 2 0,93
5 Bridgeville 2368 4 1,69
6 Cheswold 1596 3 1,88
7 Felton 1414 3 2,12
8 Lewes 3134 7 2,23
9 Millsboro 4439 11 2,48
10 Middletown 22350 64 2,86
11 Newark 34207 100 2,92
12 New Castle 5351 17 3,18
13 Wyoming 1531 5 3,27
14 Delmar 1810 6 3,31
15 Camden 3497 12 3,43
16 Greenwood 1116 4 3,58
17 Selbyville 2494 9 3,61
18 Elsmere 6033 25 4,14
19 Smyrna 11791 50 4,24
20 Newport 1038 5 4,82

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Crime Score in All Cities in Delaware 2020

In case your city didn’t make our list, you can take a look at our full list of Delaware cities.

It is obvious that we can’t compare crime rates in small and large cities. That’s why ElitePersonalFinance made a detailed analysis and narrowed the results according to population segments:

  • Under 3,000 Residents
  • 3,000 – 10,000 Residents
  • Over 10,000 Residents

(Other sites don’t include places with under 3,000 residents, but we included them.)

These are the results that we got:

Under 3,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 South Bethany 519 0 0,00
2 Dagsboro 902 0 0,00
3 Milton 2966 0 0,00
4 Blades 1444 1 0,69
5 Bethany Beach 1224 1 0,82
6 Ocean View 2146 2 0,93
7 Bridgeville 2368 4 1,69
8 Cheswold 1596 3 1,88
9 Felton 1414 3 2,12
10 Wyoming 1531 5 3,27
11 Delmar 1810 6 3,31
12 Greenwood 1116 4 3,58
13 Selbyville 2494 9 3,61
14 Ellendale 439 2 4,56
15 Newport 1038 5 4,82
16 Delaware City 1835 10 5,45
17 Rehoboth Beach 1522 9 5,91
18 Dewey Beach 388 7 18,04

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lewes 3134 7 2,23
2 Millsboro 4439 11 2,48
3 New Castle 5351 17 3,18
4 Camden 3497 12 3,43
5 Elsmere 6033 25 4,14
6 Clayton 3297 16 4,85
7 Georgetown 7419 39 5,26
8 Seaford 7876 64 8,13
9 Laurel 4394 43 9,79
10 Harrington 3659 41 11,21

Over 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Middletown 22350 64 2,86
2 Newark 34207 100 2,92
3 Smyrna 11791 50 4,24
4 Milford 11301 85 7,52
5 Dover 37778 301 7,97
6 Wilmington 71157 1099 15,44

How safe do you feel?

If you want to share anything, feel free to leave a comment.

That way, you can help us understand your perspective better.Is your city safe enough?

Are you worried because of the crime rate in your town? Do you have any thoughts on safety levels in the country?

Thank you!

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