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Find the Safest Cities in Delaware

Apr 11, 2023|

Many people move to Delaware for its affordable housing or the gorgeous natural parks, but the state's low crime rate is also a big perk. Since a low crime rate means you have a lower chance of being a crime victim, it can be very reassuring.

To stay as safe as possible, it's worthwhile to check out the crime rates for individual parts of Delaware, too. Some neighborhoods can be more rough while others are extremely safe. If you want to be in the safest neighborhoods in Delaware, here's what you need to know.

Morning light hits buildings in downtown Wilmington Delaware
 

The safest parts of Wilmington

Overall, Wilmington's crime rates tend to be fairly high. As the largest Delaware city, this region sees a lot of crime. It has a violent crime rate of 15 crimes per 1,000 residents, which is much higher than national averages. However, if you love the entertainment options, restaurants, and convenient locations of Wilmington, you do have some safe areas to stay. These Wilmington neighborhoods are known for their lower-than-average crime rates:

  • Westover Hills/Greenville: Situated right by the state border, this neighborhood is conveniently close to Philadelphia. It's very suburban and quite popular among commuters.
  • Foulk Woods/Woodbine: This is another suburban part of town with low crime rates. It's very popular for nature lovers because it's very close to Brandywine Creek State Park.
  • Edgemoor Terrace: If you want a more urban environment, this is a great choice. The neighborhood's very safe and is filled with charming antique shops, local diners, and historic landmarks.
  • Belvidere: Situated at the interaction of state routes 141 and 62, Belvidere makes it easy to get to the rest of Wilmington. This neighborhood is known for its flourishing Hispanic community.

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Safe places to live in Dover

Dover is home to an Air Force Base, so it has a high military presence. While this does deter crime, Dover is still a busy town. You have a 1 in 105 chance of being a victim of violent crime if you're in Dover. Fortunately, there are plenty of safe areas to live in along the outskirts of the city. These are the safest places to live in Dover:

  • Dover Base Housing: It's no surprise that the safest neighborhood in Dover is a military housing area. This region is mostly homes for Air Force members, but it does have some other housing options available too.
  • Royal Grant: If you're not in the military and are looking for a mid-sized suburban home, Royal Grant is a great neighborhood to check out.
  • Kent Acres: Kent Acres is very conveniently situated in the middle of Dover. It has access to a lot of restaurants, shops, healthcare facilities, and other useful businesses.
  • Quail's Nest: Situated on the western edge of Dover, this area is known for being more rural. There are plenty of homes on larger lots and gorgeous natural views.
Benches at Silver Lake in Dover Delaware
 

The safest neighborhoods in Milford

Milford happens to have one of the lowest crime rates out of Delaware's larger cities. This town has around 7 violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Though rates are still higher than in most rural parts of Delaware, you only have a 1 in 32 chance of being a victim of property crime. Some particularly safe areas to live in Milford include:

  • The Hollys
  • Milford Meadows
  • Prime Hook beach
  • Marshall's Commons
  • Woods Haven

Safest neighborhoods in Newark

Newark is an ideal option if you don't want to live in a small town but still want an area with a low crime rate. This town is on the border of both Pennsylvania and Maryland, and it's home to the University of Delaware. Violent crime rates in Newark are currently 4.08 per 1,000 residents. With a crime rate below both state and national averages, this makes Newark unusually safe. Even the rough parts of town still don't have an extremely high amount of crimes, but if you want to be especially safe, check out these regions:

  • Yorktowne
  • North Star
  • Shelley Farms
  • Covered Bridge Farms
  • Four Seasons
  • Salem Woods
Scenic view of a river flowing in the forest in White Clay Creek State Park in Newark Delaware
 

Safe small-town cities and neighborhoods in Delaware

Statistically, most residents of Delaware want to live near the larger cities. However, if your priority is low crime, you're often even better off looking in rural regions. Delaware has a lot of peaceful small towns with very low crime rates. What are the safest cities in Delaware's rural regions? Give one of these small towns a try.

  • Ocean View: This small town just outside of Bethany Beach has fantastic beach access, gorgeous homes, and only 0.5 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
  • Felton: Situated to the south of Dover, Felton is a quiet, rural region with just over 1,400 residents. It only has 1 violent crime and 8 property crimes per 1,000 residents.
  • Dagsboro: Dagsboro is surrounded by parks, campgrounds, and botanical gardens. In addition to beautiful natural vistas, Dagsboro has the perk of only having 2 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
  • Ellendale: Ellendale might only have 444 residents, but it's a popular place to live that's had a lot of newcomers in the past couple of years. There are only 4 violent crimes per 1,000 residents each year.

Benefits of a home security system in Delaware

Of course, even the safest parts of Delaware aren't entirely crime free. No matter how low or high your risk of crime is, it's a good idea to get the benefits of a home security system:

  • Scare away potential criminals: With alarms linked to security cameras and window sensors, it's easy to warn away people before they commit crimes. Many customers find that just triggering alarms is enough to keep a crime from happening.
  • Make it easier to recover your belongings: Vivint offers tracking items like Car Guard that make it easier to find stolen property. Your security cameras also help identify criminals, so you can figure out what happened to your stuff.
  • Keep your home secure: Many crimes are crimes of opportunity where a criminal targets a home because it has an open window or unlocked door. Home automation products like smart locks and open window alerts help you remember to secure your home.

We help you stay safe no matter where you live

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