SafeWise Ranks 4 Sussex County Towns as the Safest Cities in Delaware

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According to the 2018 ranking of the safest cities in Delaware by Safewise – four are in Sussex County – Lewes, Milton, Selbyville and Millsboro. SafeWise reviewed the 2016 FBI crime report statistics and population data. The evaluation is based on the number of reported violent crimes (aggravated assault, murder, rape, and robbery) in each city. If there was a tie, they also factored in the number of property crimes (burglary, arson, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft). To level the playing field, they calculate the rate of crimes per 1,000 people in each city. This makes it easier to directly compare the likelihood of these crimes occurring in cities with vastly different populations. The SafeWise safest city in the US – is Lewisboro, NY, which is north of Long Island.

The 10 Safest Cities in Delaware
1. Lewes
Population: 3,065
Violent crimes per 1,000: 0.98
Property crimes per 1,000: 20.55
Total crime: 4.77% violent, 95.23% property

2. Milton
Population: 2,875
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.04
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.13
Total crime: 9.34% violent, 90.66% property

3. Clayton
Population: 3,165
Violent crimes per 1,000: 1.90
Property crimes per 1,000: 11.69
Total crime: 16.25% violent, 83.75% property

4. Newark
Population: 34,297
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.32
Property crimes per 1,000: 22.31
Total crime: 14.88% violent, 85.12% property

5. Middletown
Population: 20,666
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.39
Property crimes per 1,000: 24.19
Total crime: 14.01% violent, 85.99% property

6. Selbyville
Population: 2,440
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.69
Property crimes per 1,000: 31.97
Total crime: 11.54% violent, 88.46% property

7. Camden
Population: 3,512
Violent crimes per 1,000: 3.99
Property crimes per 1,000: 55.81
Total crime: 7.15% violent, 92.85% property

8. Elsmere
Population: 6,149
Violent crimes per 1,000: 4.55
Property crimes per 1,000: 24.56
Total crime: 18.53% violent, 81.47% property

9. Millsboro
Population: 4,286
Violent crimes per 1,000: 4.67
Property crimes per 1,000: 41.76
Total crime: 11.18% violent, 88.82% property

10. New Castle
Population: 5,392
Violent crimes per 1,000: 5.93
Property crimes per 1,000: 35.05
Total crime: 16.92% violent, 83.08% property