The Murder Capitals Of Delaware For 2020

These are the places in Delaware where people were killed most often, according to the latest FBI numbers.

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Do you live in one of the murder capitals of Delaware?

We all watch the news with horror when we hear about a homicide that happens not that far away from us. While a murder just blocks or even a couple of towns away from your house would make anyone uneasy, in the long run, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

So we wanted to get the facts straight and dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the places with the most murders and the highest murder rates per capita in Delaware.

The result is the Murder Capitals of the First State for 2020:

  1. Wilmington (Photos)
  2. Dover (Photos)
  3. Middletown

The city with highest murder rate in Delaware? That would be Wilmington with 32.3 murders per 100,000 people.

While the city with highest number of murders period? Wilmington with 23.

Read on below to see how we crunched the numbers and how your town ranked. There were ‘only’ 3 cities in Delaware where a city reported a murder to the FBI, meaning 17 places had no murder.

For more reading on the First State check out:

The 10 Murder Capitals Of Delaware For 2020

Wilmington, DE

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Population: 71,157
Rank Last Year: 2
Murders: 23 (1st Most)
Murders Per 100k: 32.3 (1st Most)
More on Wilmington:  Data | Photos

Wilmington is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Delaware. The city was built on the site of Fort Christina, the first Swedish settlement in North America. It is at the confluence of the Christina River and Brandywine River, near where the Christina flows into the Delaware River. It is the county seat of New Castle County and one of the major cities in the Delaware Valley metropolitan area. Wilmington was named by Proprietor Thomas Penn after his friend Spencer Compton, Earl of Wilmington, who was prime minister in the reign of George II of Great Britain.

Dover, DE

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Population: 37,778
Rank Last Year: 6
Murders: 4 (2nd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 10.6 (2nd Most)
More on Dover:  Data | Photos

Dover is the capital and second-largest city in the U.S. state of Delaware. It is also the county seat of Kent County, and the principal city of the Dover, DE Metropolitan Statistical Area, which encompasses all of Kent County and is part of the Philadelphia-Wilmington-Camden, PA-NJ-DE-MD Combined Statistical Area. It is located on the St. Jones River in the Delaware River coastal plain. It was named by William Penn of Dover in Kent, England. As of 2010, the city had a population of 36,047.

3. Middletown

Middletown, DE

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Population: 22,350
Rank Last Year: 13
Murders: 1 (3rd Most)
Murders Per 100k: 4.5 (3rd Most)
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How we calculated the murder capitals of Delaware

While there are surveys and public polls on what cities in a state are the most dangerous, we didn’t want to rely on speculation and opinion. Instead, we looked at the hard numbers from the FBI’s last year of reporting. Specifically, we analyzed the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report which summarizes the number of murders that may happen in each city per year.

We only looked every single city in Delaware for which FBI data was available for the most recent FBI Crime In The United States. That left us with 3 cities to rank.

Finally, we averaged the two scores into an index:

  • The raw number of murders in each city
  • The murders per person

We felt as if a small place with 2,500 people and two murders makes it a lot more dangerous than a city of 25,000 people with three murders. Any ties went to the larger city. You can download the data here.

We must note that this report is not an analysis of the effectiveness of local police departments. It simply states where murders occurred most frequently on an absolute and rate basis.

There You Have It – The Places With The Most Murders In Delaware For 2020

If you’re looking at the places in Delaware with the most murders, and where residents have the highest chances of being killed themselves, this is an accurate list. Again, these statistics are an indication of where crimes occur, not a statement about the effectiveness of the law enforcement in the areas they serve.

For more delaware reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Places With The Most Murder In Delaware For 2020

Rank City Murders Murders/100K
1 Wilmington, DE 23.0 32.32
2 Dover, DE 4.0 10.59
3 Middletown, DE 1.0 4.47

About Chris Kolmar

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