Safest Places to Live in Delaware 2021

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Last Update: January 21, 2021 Living

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 and the 6th most densely populated state.

However, Delaware has been a critical 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 Wilmington, with over 70,000 residents, is the largest city.

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, safer cities got the lowest score, and those that are more vulnerable to crimes got higher scores.

The cities that did not report crimes to the FBI and those with a population under 3,000 were not included in the list.

10 Safest Places in Delaware 2021

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lewes 3 286 4 1,22
2 Milton 3 017 4 1,33
3 Camden 3 507 5 1,43
4 Elsmere 5 963 11 1,84
5 Clayton 3 448 7 2,03
6 Middletown 23 079 48 2,08
7 Newark 33 957 85 2,50
8 Smyrna 11 768 32 2,72
9 New Castle 5 558 21 3,78
10 Georgetown 7 558 43 5,69

Crime Score in All Cities in Delaware 2021

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

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 Ocean View 2 180 1 0,46
2 Felton 1 420 2 1,41
3 Dagsboro 916 2 2,18
4 Bethany Beach 1 244 3 2,41
5 Wyoming 1 565 4 2,56
6 Blades 1 469 4 2,72
7 Newport 1 026 3 2,92
8 Cheswold 1 639 6 3,66
9 Ellendale 444 2 4,50
10 Selbyville 2 540 12 4,72
11 Bridgeville 2 407 12 4,99
12 Greenwood 1 138 6 5,27
13 Delaware City 1 830 11 6,01
14 Rehoboth Beach 1 546 10 6,47
15 Delmar 1 822 17 9,33
16 Dewey Beach 394 7 17,77

3,000 – 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Lewes 3 286 4 1,22
2 Milton 3 017 4 1,33
3 Camden 3 507 5 1,43
4 Elsmere 5 963 11 1,84
5 Clayton 3 448 7 2,03
6 New Castle 5 558 21 3,78
7 Georgetown 7 558 43 5,69
8 Millsboro 4 524 27 5,97
9 Seaford 7 987 68 8,51
10 Harrington 3 652 35 9,58
11 Laurel 4 469 62 13,87

Over 10,000 Residents

Rank City Population Total Number of Crimes Crime Score
1 Middletown 23 079 48 2,08
2 Newark 33 957 85 2,50
3 Smyrna 11 768 32 2,72
4 Milford 11 592 84 7,25
5 Dover 38 361 334 8,71
6 Wilmington 70 624 1 058 14,98

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