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The 10 Safest Cities in Delaware — 2016

Safest Cities in Delaware

Delaware is the second-smallest state in the U.S. — but it’s an undeniable powerhouse when it comes to business. In fact, due in part to its pro-business climate, more than 50% of the country’s publicly traded companies and nearly two-thirds of all Fortune 500 companies are incorporated in Delaware. The First State also boasts 381 miles of stunning shoreline, dozens of quaint towns, and a relaxed vibe. Add in the fact that the number of reported crimes in Delaware has steadily decreased over the last several years, and it’s easy to understand why its population is growing faster than most other states.

If you’re thinking of making Delaware your home, consider settling down in one of the state’s 10 safest cities. From larger cities like Newark and Middletown to small towns like Clayton and Lewes, the safest cities in Delaware not only range in size, they are also located in every part of the state. What’s more, according to the most recent FBI Crime Report, the crime rate among these cities is less than half the national average — and only one city on our list reported a murder. We were impressed to find that all of the state’s safest cities in 2014 and 2015 are appearing on our list for the third year in a row, which is an indication that law enforcement officers and community members are taking a cooperative, hands-on approach to crime prevention.

No matter where you live in the state, our Delaware Safety Directory can provide you with tips and resources to help enhance your safety and security.

How We Chose the Safest Cities in Delaware

To identify the 10 safest cities in Delaware, we reviewed the most recent FBI Crime Report statistics from 2014, along with population data. We eliminated all cities with fewer than 1,500 residents as well as any cities that failed to submit a complete crime report to the FBI.

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From there, we evaluated the remaining cities. We narrowed it down based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) and property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) in each city. To further level the playing field, we calculated the likelihood of these crimes occurring out of 1,000 people in each city.

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1. Clayton 

Previous rank: 2

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.61
Property Crimes per 1,000: 12.40

2. Ocean View 

Previous rank: 7

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 0.48
Property Crimes per 1,000: 16.46

3. Elsmere ↑

Previous rank: 6

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.56 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 20.25

4. Newark 

Previous rank: 5

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.17 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 22.70

5. Middletown 

Previous rank: 1

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 3.09 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 23.78

6. Bridgeville 

Previous rank: 3

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 8.22 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 22.37

7. Lewes ↓

Previous rank: 4

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 4.09 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 28.64

8. Smyrna 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 5.55 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 29.01

9. Milton 

Previous rank: Not ranked

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 6.91
Property Crimes per 1,000: 28.00

10. Delaware City 

Previous rank: 9

Violent Crimes per 1,000: 2.89 
Property Crimes per 1,000: 34.64

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Check the remaining cities below, and take a look at the most recent FBI crime data here.

11. Harrington 12. Selbyville 13. Delmar
14. New Castle 15. Millsboro 16. Dover
17. Georgetown 18. Wilmington 19. Laurel
20. Seaford 21. Milford 22. Camden

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

How safe is your home?

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options available to you in your area, select the city nearest you in the drop down menu below.

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