10 Most Dangerous Cities In Delaware


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the First State for 2019.

Join RoadSnacks
This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Delaware and is updated for 2019.

Swipe left for slideshow. Article continues below.

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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Delaware for 2019:

  1. Milford (Photos)
  2. Wilmington (Photos)
  3. Seaford (Photos)
  4. Georgetown
  5. Laurel (Photos)
  6. Dover (Photos)
  7. Camden (Photos)
  8. Harrington (Photos)
  9. Smyrna (Photos)
  10. New Castle (Photos)

So what is the most dangerous city in Delaware? After analyzing 20 cities in Delaware, Milford takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Delaware based on the most recent FBI data.

For 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.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Delaware

Most Dangerous Cities In Delaware Graph

Click To Enlarge

The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Delaware For 2019

Milford, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 11,223
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 917 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,747 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Milford:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Milford by HomeSnacks User

Lovely small town experience, nice people. Great downtown area. Great Coffee shop called DOLCE. Great theater, Riverfront Theatre. Wonderful antique shop Maggie and Friend.

The Riverwalk

Dolce

Riverfront Theatre

Milford Art League

Maggie and Friends Antique Shop

Delaware Music School

The Irish Shop

Arena’s

Furbaby

Tattoos and Kayaak rentals

Wilmington, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 71,552
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,596 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,961 (5th most dangerous)
More on Wilmington:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Wilmington by HomeSnacks User

I love Wilmington because it is small and everyone knows eachother!

Charcoal Pit, University of Delaware, Pea Patch Island, The Farmhouse in Newark

Seaford, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,880
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 748 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,659 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Seaford:  Data | Photos

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.

4. GeorgetownGeorgetown Location In Delaware

Georgetown, DE

Population: 7,338
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.

Laurel, DE

Source: Wikipedia

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 4,238
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,274 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,247 (8th most dangerous)
More on Laurel:  Data | Photos

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.

Dover, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 38,084
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 693 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,387 (6th most dangerous)
More on Dover:  Data | Photos

You have a 1 in 22.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Dover and a 1 in 144 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Camden, DE

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,492
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 458 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,183 (4th most dangerous)
More on Camden:  Data | Photos

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.

Harrington, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 3,699
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 567 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,244 (10th most dangerous)
More on Harrington:  Data | Photos

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.

Smyrna, DE

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 11,593
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 543 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,406 (12th most dangerous)
More on Smyrna:  Data | Photos

It seems that the Smyrna is a hub of crime.

Though residents of Smyrna had a 1 in 184 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017, that’s not too bad relative to other cities of its size.

Property crime now stands as the 12th worst in Delaware.

New Castle, DE

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,362
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 335 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,252 (7th most dangerous)
More on New Castle:  Data | Photos

New Castle is slightly less dangerous than some of the others on the list, but it is still a very uncomfortable place to live if you cherish safety. While the number of robberies here has gone down lately, violent crimes have gone up. Statistically, 1 out of 297 people was attacked in 2017.

How Is Your Town In ?

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.

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:

  1. Bridgeville (Pop. 2,345)
  2. Milton (Pop. 2,932)
  3. Ocean View (Pop. 2,117)

For more Delaware reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Delaware?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Milford 11,223 917 5,747
2 Wilmington 71,552 1,596 4,961
3 Seaford 7,880 748 5,659
4 Georgetown 7,338 613 5,750
5 Laurel 4,238 1,274 4,247
6 Dover 38,084 693 4,387
7 Camden 3,492 458 5,183
8 Harrington 3,699 567 3,244
9 Smyrna 11,593 543 2,406
10 New Castle 5,362 335 4,252

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *