Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Delaware?
We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.
No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Delaware — and anyone looking to move to Delaware — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.
The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the First State for 2019:
- Milford (Photos)
- Wilmington (Photos)
- Seaford (Photos)
- Laurel (Photos)
- Dover (Photos)
- Camden (Photos)
- Harrington (Photos)
- Smyrna (Photos)
- New Castle (Photos)
After analyzing 20 cities in Delaware, why did Milford take the top spot?
For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.
Or learn more about the safest places in Delaware.
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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Delaware for 2019?
Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.
For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.
So what criteria did we use? Have a look:
- Violent Crimes Per Capita
- Property Crimes Per Capita
In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 2,000 in population. That left us with 20 cities in Delaware.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 20 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.
Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.
Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Delaware — Milford.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Delaware.
Located in the southeastern part of the state, Milford is the 3rd most dangerous city in Delaware, and one of the most populous to make this list.
Residents face a 1 in 108 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 17.4 chance of encountering property crime.
Property crime has fallen in recent years, while violence has stayed fairly consistent.
Wilmington is the most populous city in Delaware (nearly double that of Dover) and is known as either the Corporate or Chemical Capital of the World (neither sound great).
It’s also the 1st most violent city in the state, with residents facing a 1 in 62 chance of being the victim of violence (making the motto “A Place to Be a Body” seem rather dark).
Both property crime and violent crime statistics have failed to improve in recent years, but hey, they haven’t gotten worse either.
Though Seaford isn’t the worst city in Delaware as in either category, it still manages to take 3rd place due to its relatively poor statistics overall.
Seaford residents faced a 1 in 133 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.
Property crime is also all-too-common, with residents facing 1 in 17.7 chance of being a victim.
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 613 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,750 (1st most dangerous)
More on Georgetown:
Georgetown is the county seat of Sussex County and the 4th most dangerous city in Delaware.
With a 1 in 163 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 17.4 chance of being robbed or an arson victim, Georgetown is fairly poor in both categories.
And while violence has fallen in recent years, property crime has increased.
Located in the southwestern part of the state, Laurel is the 2nd most violent city in Delaware, and the 5th most dangerous city overall.
Laurel residents faced a 1 in 78 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017, a number that rose from 2016.
The good news its that property crime has fallen in the same time period.
Located 15 miles east of Portland, Dover’s violent crime looks to be an issue.
Violent crime went to 264 occurrences between 2015-17, leaving residents with a 1 in 144 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.
Though Dover is the 5th most violent city in Delaware overall, it does only have the 6th most property crime on this list (which still leaves residents a 1 in 22.8 chance of being robbed each year).
Also part of the Dover metro area, and only 3.5 miles from Dover itself, Camden only really belongs on this list because of its property crime.
In terms of violence, its actually the 10th worst place in Delaware, but the 1 in 19.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime makes it the 7th most dangerous place in the state.
And while violent crime is down between 2015-17, property crime went up during the same time period.
Located 17 miles south of the capital, and part of the Dover metro area, Harrington has had decent improvements in its recent crime statistics.
While they haven’t been substantial enough to get Harrington off this list, the drop in violence and drop in property crime from 2015-17 are surely a positive sign.
The 5th most populated city in Delaware, Smyrna ranks as the 9th most dangerous.
Smyrna’s crime problem has been slowly improving in recent years, with violent crime going down from 2015-17, and property crime dropping.
Still, Smyrna residents face about a 1 in 41.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.
New Castle has seen recent crime trend upwards. Violent crime has increased in 2015-17, with most recent numbers showing an high 1 in 297 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Property crime is also high at 1 in 23.5 chance of being a victim.
Locking It All Up In Delaware
The latest FBI crime data shows that Milford ranks as the most dangerous city in Delaware for 2019.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Milford and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Delaware:
- Bridgeville (Pop. 2,345)
- Milton (Pop. 2,932)
- Ocean View (Pop. 2,117)
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