10 Most Dangerous Cities in the State of Delaware

The state of Delaware being one of the smallest state in the United State has consistently been ranked high for violent crime for a city of its size. It is the 37th safest state for property crime (where 1st is regarded to have the lowest crime) and 46th safest state in terms of violent crime in the United States.  A state that is home to one of the most violent cities in America, crime and safety can be a real worry to its residents. Many cities, like Lewes and Milton, are upping police and community efforts to curb this menace.

A low crime rate is one of the important factors to consider when determining the safety of any given city. You would agree, almost every place has its safe and not safe parts.

The safest places to live in Delaware can be quite puzzling to find, especially in larger cities, which tend to have more crime.  A list of the safest places to live in Delaware is given below:

1. Ocean View, DE

Population: 2,117
Violent crimes per 100,000: 188
Property crimes per 100,000: 1,275

2. Milton

Population: 2,932
Violent crimes per 100,000: 238
Property crimes per 100,000: 1,568

3. Bridgeville

Population: 2,345
Violent crimes per 100,000: 255
Property crimes per 100,000: 1,620

4. Elsmere, DE

Population: 6,102
Violent crimes per 100,000: 262
Property crimes per 100,000: 1,868

5. Clayton, DE

Population: 3,198
Violent crimes per 100,000: 406
Property crimes per 100,000: 875

6. Lewed,DE

Population: 3,131
Violent crimes per 100,000: 127
Property crimes per 100,000: 2,459

7. Newark,DE

Population: 33,722
Violent crimes per 100,000: 284
Property crimes per 100,000: 1,974

8. Middletown , DE

Population: 21,213
Violent crimes per 100,000: 353
Property crimes per 100,000: 2,163

9. Millsboro, DE

Population: 4,366
Violent crimes per 100,000: 343
Property crimes per 100,000: 4,214

10. Selbyville , DE

Population: 2,466
Violent crimes per 100,000: 527
Property crimes per 100,000: 2,270

10 most dangerous cities in the state of Delaware

The Delaware cities listed above have a spotless low crime rates when compared to other cities in the state. The rate of property crimes; burglary, theft, vehicle theft and violent crimes; murder, rape, robbery, assault for each of the cities is shown.


With the recent violence in the beginning of this year, there has been a case of 3 homicide incidents, 15 victims and 3 dead persons. It can be said that city of Wilmington is the most dangerous to live in while Milford and Seaford also tops the crime statistics chart as a whole and gives America’s First State a bad reputation for crime that it doesn’t deserve.

Leslie Day