We narrowed down the safest cities in Delaware based on the factors that matter most.
Delaware is a small mid-Atlantic state on the coast of the Atlantic Ocean that borders Maryland, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. With just under a million residents, Delaware is the sixth-least populous state in the nation.
Delaware has a long, colorful history and is sometimes known as the “First State” because it was the first to ratify the U.S. Constitution. In addition to its rich historical and natural attractions, such as Cape Henlopen State Park and Delaware Seashore State Park, Delaware is also an attractive corporate haven: over half of the nation’s publicly traded companies are incorporated in Delaware.
How We Determined the Safest Cities in Delaware
We narrowed down the safest cities in each state based on two primary categories. First, we evaluated public safety factors including violent, property and hate crimes in each area to help determine the safest areas to live. We then evaluated financial and socioeconomic factors including household income, average rent and health insurance. In addition, we evaluated each state for natural disaster safety and public health safety. You can find a detailed breakdown of our methodology and links to sources here.
Here are the public safety factors we counted for each city:
*Public safety data is based on a population of 10,000 (for example, a “2” means two incidents for every 10,000 people).
- Property crime – Number of property crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
- Violent crime – Number of violent crimes reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
- Aggravated assaults – Number of aggravated assaults reported in the city (FBI Crime Report)
- Hate crime – Number of hate crimes reported in the city (FBI Hate Crime Report)
- Officer-related incidents – Number of officer-involved shootings reported in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
- Mass shootings – Incidents in which four or more people are shot/killed in the city (Gun Violence Archive)
Here are the financial safety factors we counted for each city:
- Annual rent – Annualized median rent
- Unemployment rate – The average rate of unemployed residents in each city
- Cost of living – The average annual rent and household income per city
- Poverty rate – Percentage of families that reported experiencing poverty in the last 12 months
- Uninsured employed – Percentage of employed residents that reported not having health insurance
- Uninsured unemployed – Percentage of unemployed residents that reported not having health insurance
3 Safest Cities in Delaware
No. 1 Felton
With just over 1,400 residents, Felton is a tiny town in central Delaware and is part of the Dover metropolitan statistical area. Crime in Felton is quite low across the board when it comes to violent crime, property crime or officer incidents. However, it’s worth noting that Felton has dealt with a relatively high number of hate crimes compared to other towns of its size. Felton is also home to the Pizzadili Winery, which has operated since 1993.
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Total Violent Crime Society Crimes Property Crime Hate Crime Officer Incident Mass Shootings 0 (3rd) 21.21640736 (3rd) 176.8033946 (3rd) 7.072135785 (3rd) 7.072135785 (3rd) 0 (1st)
Annual Rent Household Income Unemployment Rate Poverty Uninsured Employed Uninsured Unemployed 10644 (2nd) 63945 (1st) 0.107 (1st) 0.159 (3rd) 0.057 (1st) 0.143 (2nd)
No. 2 Dover
The capital of Delaware, Dover is a small city of over 38,000 people and is situated in central Delaware. Dover has low rates of violent crime or property crime and a low rate of hate crime and officer-involved incidents. For a real taste of United States history, take in First Stage Heritage Park.
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Total Violent Crime Society Crimes Property Crime Hate Crime Officer Incident Mass Shootings 17.73518979 (2nd) 61.94081211 (1st) 479.1148287 (2nd) 0.264704325 (1st) 0.264704325 (1st) 0 (1st)
Annual Rent Household Income Unemployment Rate Poverty Uninsured Employed Uninsured Unemployed 12336 (1st) 49714 (2nd) 0.062 (2nd) 0.201 (1st) 0.02 (3rd) 0.043 (3rd)
No. 3 Seaford
Another small municipality with just over 8,000 residents, Seaford crime rate is low, with negligible numbers of violent and property crime, and a relatively low hate crime rate as well. Sitting on the coast, Seaford offers easy access to beaches and rich historical attractions, including the volunteer-run Seaford Museum.
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Total Violent Crime Society Crimes Property Crime Hate Crime Officer Incident Mass Shootings 31.74200102 (1st) 49.51752158 (2nd) 533.2656171 (1st) 1.269680041 (2nd) 1.269680041 (2nd) 0 (1st)
Annual Rent Household Income Unemployment Rate Poverty Uninsured Employed Uninsured Unemployed 9900 (3rd) 46387 (3rd) 0.056 (3rd) 0.179 (2nd) 0.049 (2nd) 0.216 (1st)
Delaware State Safety
Natural Disaster Safety
Delaware ranks 10th in natural disaster risk, occasionally experiencing problems from storms, especially northeasters, droughts, earthquakes and dam failures. In 1997, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reclassified Delaware from a low seismic risk to a moderate seismic risk. Sinkholes are another common occurrence in Delaware, as the landscape in this area is particularly prone to sinkhole formation.
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According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cancer and heart disease are Delaware’s leading causes of death by far.
Like most of the United States, drug-related deaths in Delaware have risen sharply over the last 10 to 15 years, but Delaware is not a leader in this area by any means. The state has 166.2 active physicians per 100,000 residents, ranking it 17th in the country. Meanwhile, Delaware ranks 20th in the country for access to mental health resources.
Unfortunately, Delaware also ranks a low 40th in air quality, with much of its pollution coming from neighboring states.
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Top 3 Safest Cities in Delaware