These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Delaware

We looked at years of science and data to determine which places in DE are really ghetto.

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There are lots of people who throw the term ‘ghetto’ around. But where is the actual ghetto in Delaware?

How do you decide if a place is ghetto or not? You ask the internet. According to the Urban Dictionary, a ghetto is defined as:
“urban; of or relating to (inner) city life” and “poor; of or relating to the poor life.”

Using that criteria, it’s not hard to scrape the internet, run some scientific data on where ghettos might exist in a state, and then put out a list.

After analyzing all cities with a decent amount of people in them, we came up with this list as the most ghetto places in Delaware:

  1. Seaford (Photos)
  2. Elsmere (Photos)
  3. New Castle (Photos)
  4. Milford (Photos)
  5. Smyrna (Photos)
  6. Wilmington (Photos)
  7. Dover (Photos)
  8. Newark (Photos)

Read on below to see where your home town ranked and why. Or, if this is not up your alley, read about the most redneck towns in Delaware.


What ghetto criteria did we use for Delaware?

In order to rank the most ghetto places in Delaware, we had to determine what criteria defines a ghetto city or neighborhood.

Since a ghetto is defined as a poor area, we used income levels, crime, and education levels as a guide to determine where the most broke citizens in the First State live.

Additionally, the staples of inner city life include cheap and discounted retail outlets.

We started by making a list of every place in Delaware with more than 5,000 people based on the 2010-2014 American Community Survey. That left us with over 8 places in Delaware.

We threw a lot of criteria at this one in order to get the best, most complete results possible. Using Google Place data and FBI crime data in addition to the census, this is the criteria we used:

  • Household income levels
  • % Of adults without a high school diploma
  • Number of convenience stores
  • Number of drug stores
  • Number of discount stores
  • Crime

Note: For the sake of getting reliable numbers, we counted places within a 10 mile radius of a city’s center.

All of these results are listed in a per capita basis. Meaning number of stores per person in a city. Additionally, high school graduation rates are determined by looking at the total number of people who live in a city, not the current graduation rate of an area’s high schools.


1. Seaford

Seaford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,163
Median Income: $35,813
Drug Stores: 6
Discount Stores: 10

2. Elsmere

Elsmere, Delaware

Source: Flickr

Population: 6,149
Median Income: $47,023
Drug Stores: 55
Discount Stores: 36

3. New Castle

New Castle, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,346
Median Income: $53,420
Drug Stores: 48
Discount Stores: 37

4. Milford

Milford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 9,882
Median Income: $52,274
Drug Stores: 8
Discount Stores: 10

5. Smyrna

Smyrna, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,681
Median Income: $52,243
Drug Stores: 10
Discount Stores: 14

6. Wilmington

Wilmington, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,263
Median Income: $38,979
Drug Stores: 50
Discount Stores: 38

7. Dover

Dover, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 36,826
Median Income: $45,660
Drug Stores: 14
Discount Stores: 16

8. Newark

Newark, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 32,278
Median Income: $53,125
Drug Stores: 36
Discount Stores: 25

There You Have It

If you’re measuring the locations in Delaware where there are a high number of poor and uneducated residents, and where there are a high number of discounted shopping stores, this is an accurate list.

Additionally, here are the least ghetto places in Delaware:

  1. Newark
  2. Dover
  3. Wilmington

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Detailed List Of The Most Ghetto Cities In Delaware

City Rank Population Median Income Drug Stores Discount Stores
Seaford 1 7,163 $35,813 6 10
Elsmere 2 6,149 $47,023 55 36
New Castle 3 5,346 $53,420 48 37
Milford 4 9,882 $52,274 8 10
Smyrna 5 10,681 $52,243 10 14
Wilmington 6 71,263 $38,979 50 38
Dover 7 36,826 $45,660 14 16
Newark 8 32,278 $53,125 36 25