You would think that being the oldest state in the country, you should’ve had plenty of time to work out your kinks. Well, that’s not the case in Delaware. The First State has its fair share of dangerous cities.
Delaware does have close to a million people in a state that takes less than an hour to drive from Laurel to Rehobeth Beach, its widest section, so there’s bound to be problems, right? Right. And RoadSnacks is here to tell you just where those problems are located: we created a list of the most dangerous places in Delaware for 2020.
How’d we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 20 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 2,000 residents. We discovered that Delaware’s violent and property crime numbers are even scarier than the most dangerous place in the state. If you guessed that most of the state’s problems are centralized around Delaware’s two largest cities, Wilmington and Dover, you’re partially right. But honestly, the state has done a fair job of keeping it’s crazy spread evenly across the state.
And while Delaware might not be one of the top ten most dangerous states in the country, the state’s most dangerous places do need some work. Maybe more police? Security cameras? Drug programs? We’re not entirely sure. One thing that we are sure about, however, is that you should take a look at our list of Delaware’s most dangerous places before you make any life changing decisions.
To see our list of Delaware cities with more issues than the Milford Deacon, take a look below.
Some might wonder why we produced this list. Well, one goal is to definitely help people navigate these dangerous cities when trying to make an informed decision on what city they should call home.
What’s the most dangerous city in Delaware? Without further adieu… the most dangerous city in Delaware for 2020 would be Wilmington.
If you’re curious to see if your city made the list, take a look at our list below. And if you don’t see your city there, head to the bottom.
Learn more about the safest places in Delaware.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Delaware
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Delaware For 2020
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 most violent city in the state, with residents facing a 1 in 64 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 2nd place due to its relatively poor statistics overall.
Seaford residents faced a 1 in 123 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.
Property crime is also all-too-common, with residents facing 1 in 18.8 chance of being a victim.
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 525 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,095 (2nd most dangerous)
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Georgetown is the county seat of Sussex County and the 3rd most dangerous city in Delaware.
With a 1 in 190 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 19.6 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.
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 132 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 20.0 chance of encountering property crime.
Property crime has fallen in recent years, while violence has stayed fairly consistent.
Dover experienced a drop in its property crime rate between 2017-2018.
That’s a difference of residents having about a 1 in 15 shot of being the victim of theft or arson at the beginning to a 1 in 20.9 shot in 2018.
Violent crime, meanwhile, remained at around the same level.
Located in the southwestern part of the state, Laurel is the 3rd most violent city in Delaware, and the 6th most dangerous city overall.
Laurel residents faced a 1 in 102 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018, a number that rose from 2017.
The good news its that property crime has fallen in 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 2017-2018 are surely a positive sign.
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 24.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime makes it the 8th most dangerous place in the state.
And while violent crime is down between 2017-2018, property crime went up during the same time period.
New Castle is the 9th most dangerous city in Delaware.
From 2017-2018, violent crime went up by 25%, leaving residents with about a 1 in 314 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.
Smyrna’s recent explosion of crime makes it the 10th most dangerous place to live in the First State.
Between 2017-2018, both violent and property crime rates nearly tripled, leaving residents with a 1 in 235 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 44.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2018.
If the trend continues, we can expect to see the town of Smyrna top this list in a few years’ time.
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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Delaware for 2020?
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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
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.
Locking It All Up In Delaware
The latest FBI crime data shows that Wilmington ranks as the most dangerous city in Delaware for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Wilmington 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:
- Milton (Pop. 2,966)
- Bridgeville (Pop. 2,368)
- Ocean View (Pop. 2,146)
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