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:
- Wilmington (Photos)
- Seaford (Photos)
- Milford (Photos)
- Dover (Photos)
- New Castle (Photos)
Why did Wilmington 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.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Delaware for 2018?
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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.
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 — Wilmington. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Delaware.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Delaware.
Population: 72,183Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,780
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,909
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 56 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.
Population: 7,725Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,048
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,152
Though Seaford isn’t the worst city in Delaware as in either category, it still manages to take 2nd place due to its relatively poor statistics overall.
Seaford residents faced a 1 in 95 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
Property crime is also all-too-common, with residents facing 1 in 19.4 chance of being a victim.
Population: 10,392Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 962
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,273
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 103 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 19.0 chance of encountering property crime.
Property crime has fallen in recent years, while violence has stayed fairly consistent.
Population: 7,177 Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 599
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,684
Georgetown is the county seat of Sussex County and the 4th most dangerous city in Delaware.
With a 1 in 166 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 17.6 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.
Population: 4,150Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,132
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,024
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 88 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016, a number that rose from 2015.
The good news its that property crime has fallen in the same time period.
Population: 37,824Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 811
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,970
Dover, a city in Kent County, has seen its crime increase overall for the last few years. According to the FBI, violent crimes have nearly doubled here, and residents have a 1 in 123 chance of being robbed.
Additionally, there were 307 attacks in a city of only 37,824 residents.
Population: 3,512Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 398
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,580
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 12th worst place in Delaware, but the 1 in 17.9 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 2014-16, property crime went up during the same time period.
Population: 3,719 Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 941
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,957
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 2014-16 are surely a positive sign.
Population: 4,286Rank Last Year: 9 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 466
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,176
Millsboro, a city in Sussex County, has seen its crime increase overall for the last few years. According to the FBI, violent crimes have nearly doubled here, and residents have a 1 in 214 chance of being robbed.
Additionally, there were 20 attacks in a city of only 4,286 residents.
10. New Castle
Population: 5,392Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 593
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,505
New Castle has the smallest population of any city on our list of the most dangerous in Delaware.
The New Castle saw a total of 189 property crimes in 2016, which calculates out to a 1 in 28.5 chance of being a victim of theft.
New Castle ranked 9th for violent crime.
Locking It All Up In Delaware
The latest FBI crime data shows that Wilmington ranks as the most dangerous city in Delaware for 2018.
However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Wilmington’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Delaware:
For more Delaware reading , check out:
- These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Delaware
- These Are The 10 Worst Places To Live In Delaware
- These Are The 10 Snobbiest Places In Delaware
Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Delaware