The SafeWise Team is pleased to release the eighth annual Safest Cities report.
Delaware’s 10 Safest Cities of 2022
Here are the 10 Safest Cities in Delaware for 2022
See if your city made the full list.
Delaware experienced a 3% increase in violent crime since the previous reporting year, but its property crime decreased by about 12%. Both of these statistics are better than the national averages (5% increase and 7% decrease, respectively).
In this report
2022 Delaware crime rates
Delaware’s property crime rate matches the national average of 19.6, but the state’s 4.3 violent crime rate is slightly higher than the national average of 4.0. Violent and property crime rates in Delaware are higher on average than those reported in the South Atlantic region.
Level of concern and experience with crime in Delaware
According to our latest State of Safety survey, 55% of Delawareans feel safe in their state, which matches the national average. The percentage of Delaware residents who feel concerned about gun violence also matches the national average (38%). But Delawareans are more concerned about violent crime, property crime, and package theft than the average American.
Compared to their neighbors in the South Atlantic region, fewer Delawareans worry about their safety and security on a daily basis (50% in Delaware versus 53% on average in the South Atlantic region).
74% of Delaware residents believe crime is on the rise, which is eight percentage points higher than the national average.
Image: SafeWise. Past 12 months=12 months prior to survey.
Crime concerns in Delaware
We asked Delaware residents which crimes they worry may happen to them. See if Delawareans are concerned about the same crime issues as the rest of the country.
View the complete 2022 State of Safety report.
Violent crime in Delaware: Fear vs. reality
Delaware saw a 3% increase in violent crime year over year. Its violent crime rate of 4.3 is the second highest in the South Atlantic region but only slightly higher than the national average of 4.0.
However, in our State of Safety survey, Delaware residents reported experiencing less violent crime year over year. 10% of Delaware respondents claimed to have experienced violent crime in the previous 12 months, which is five percentage points lower than the previous year’s survey results.
On the other hand, Delaware respondents reported an increase in gun violence experiences. 11% claimed to have experienced gun violence in the 12 months prior to the survey, up from 2% the previous year.
- Rape accounts for 6% of all violent crime in Delaware, which is the lowest percentage in the nation. The national average is 10%.
- Aggravated assault accounts for 76% of all violent crime in Delaware (US 70%).
- 25 people were injured and 4 were killed in 7 mass shooting events in Delaware in 2021.
- 35% of people in Delaware use some form of personal protection (US 34%).
- Of the Delaware residents who use some form of personal protection, most (17%) prefer pocket knives.
- 55% say their personal safety has been affected by the pandemic (US 44%).
Property crime in Delaware: Fear vs. reality
Delaware’s property crime rate matches the national average of 19.6, and The First State saw a 12% decrease in property crime year over year.
This aligns with our State of Safety survey results, in which 16% of Delaware respondents had experienced a property crime in the 12 months prior to the survey. That’s down from 22% in the previous year’s survey, and it’s two percentage points lower than the national average.
- Larceny-theft represents 78% of all property crime in Delaware, which is the sixth highest in the nation and above the national average of 71%.
- Motor vehicle theft accounts for 9% of all property crime in Delaware, which is the sixth lowest in the nation and lower than the national average of 13%.
- 74% of Delaware residents use some form of property protection (US 60%).
- Of the Delawareans who use property protection, most (36%) prefer security cameras.
- 32% of Delaware residents say the security of their property has been affected by the pandemic (US 29%).
A closer look at the safest cities in Delaware
For the purposes of this report, the terms “dangerous” and “safest” refer explicitly to crime rates as calculated from FBI crime data—no other characterization of any community is implied or intended.
- 17 Delaware cities met the criteria to be considered for ranking.
- Clayton held onto the top spot for the second year in a row.
- Each of Delaware’s 10 safest cities—with the exception of Harrington—saw a decrease in property crime year over year.
- 4 of Delaware’s 10 safest cities experienced decreases in both violent crime and property crime: Clayton, Lewes, Newark, and New Castle.
- Although the percentage of aggravated assault in Delaware is higher than the national average, 4 of this year’s safest cities reported fewer than 10 incidents of aggravated assault: Clayton, Lewes, Milton, and New Castle.
- Lewes and Milton reported 0 motor vehicle thefts for this reporting year.
- Harrington (6.9) and Georgetown (7.0) saw relatively high violent crime rates compared to other safest cities throughout the US.
- Georgetown’s violent crime rate increased from 5.7 to 7.0 year over year, but Harrington’s violent crime rate decreased for the third consecutive year.
How we determined the safest cities
Learn how we identified the safest cities on our methodology page.
How to make a safe home anywhere
Whether your city made our list or not, we encourage everyone to be proactive about home security. One of the best ways to stop a burglary before it happens is to add a home security system.
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Didn't find your city in the top 10?
We calculated crime rates for every city in the state that met our population threshold, based on the state’s median population. See how the remaining cities ranked in the list below.
NOTE: If you don’t see your city on the list, it means that it was below the population threshold or didn’t submit a complete crime report to the FBI in 2020.
2022 VC per 1,000
2022 PC per 1,000
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Related articles on SafeWise
FBI: Crime Data Explorer, Accessed March 8, 2022.
US Census Bureau, "Data Explorer," Accessed January 24, 2022.
Best Places, “Find a Place Search Tool,” Accessed January 24, 2022.
SafeWise, “2021 State of Safety survey,” Accessed March 8, 2022.
Gun Violence Archive, “Past Summary Ledgers,” Accessed January 24, 2022.
Gun Violence Archive, “General Methodology,” Accessed March 8, 2022.
Melody Hicks, Ben Stickle, Joshua Harms, American Journal of Criminal Justice, “Assessing the Fear of Package Theft,” January 04, 2021. Accessed March 8, 2022.
For definitions and more on data sources, see our methodology page.