These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Delaware For 2018


We looked at the most recent FBI crime data to identify the most dangerous cities in the First State.

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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:

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

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

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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.

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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.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Delaware Graph

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Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Delaware.

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1. Wilmington

Wilmington, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,183
Rank 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.

2. Seaford

Seaford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,725
Rank 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.

3. Milford

Milford, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,392
Rank 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.

4. Georgetown


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.

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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.

5. Laurel

Laurel, Delaware

Source: Google Maps

Population: 4,150
Rank 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.

6. Dover

Dover, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,824
Rank 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.

7. Camden

Camden, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 3,512
Rank 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.

8. Harrington


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.

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9. Millsboro

Millsboro, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,286
Rank 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

New Castle, Delaware

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,392
Rank 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:

  1. Milton
  2. Lewes
  3. Clayton

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Delaware

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Wilmington 1 4 72,183 1,780 4,909
Seaford 2 2 7,725 1,048 5,152
Milford 3 1 10,392 962 5,273
Georgetown 4 6 7,177 599 5,684
Laurel 5 3 4,150 1,132 4,024
Dover 6 5 37,824 811 4,970
Camden 7 7 3,512 398 5,580
Harrington 8 8 3,719 941 2,957
Millsboro 9 9 4,286 466 4,176
New Castle 10 11 5,392 593 3,505
Smyrna 11 12 11,573 604 2,678
Selbyville 12 10 2,440 368 3,196
Elsmere 13 17 6,149 455 2,455
Bridgeville 14 18 2,297 391 2,568
Middletown 15 13 20,666 338 2,419
Newark 16 15 34,297 332 2,230
Ocean View 17 20 2,075 144 1,397
Clayton 18 19 3,165 189 1,169
Lewes 19 14 3,065 97 2,055
Milton 20 16 2,875 104 1,113

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