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Wilmington, DE crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2022 calendar year; released from FBI in Oct. 2023 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2023 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

With a crime rate of 54 per one thousand residents, Wilmington has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all sizes - from the smallest towns to the very largest cities. One's chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 18. Within Delaware, more than 87% of the communities have a lower crime rate than Wilmington. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Wilmington to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

Separately, it is always interesting and important to compare a city's crime rate with those of similarly sized communities - a fair comparison as larger cities tend to have more crime. NeighborhoodScout has done just that. With a population of 71,569, Wilmington has a combined rate of violent and property crime that is very high compared to other places of similar population size. Regardless of whether Wilmington does well or poorly compared to all other cities and towns in the US of all sizes, compared to places with a similar population, it fares badly. Few other communities of this size have a crime rate as high as Wilmington.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Wilmington does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Wilmington.

For Wilmington, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Wilmington is one in 79.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Wilmington experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

In addition, NeighborhoodScout found that a lot of the crime that takes place in Wilmington is property crime. Property crimes that are tracked for this analysis are burglary, larceny over fifty dollars, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In Wilmington, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 24, which is a rate of 42 per one thousand population.

Importantly, we found that Wilmington has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Wilmington is one in 167.

Wilmington Crime Data

total Crime Index

2

(100 is safest)


Safer than 2% of U.S. neighborhoods.

Wilmington Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

906

2,993

3,899

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

12.66

41.82

54.48

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
12.66
3.84
National Median: 4
    Wilmington
    Delaware

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 79

in Wilmington

1 in 261

in Delaware

Wilmington Violent Crimes

Population: 71,569
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 19 15 232 640
Rate per 1,000 0.27 0.21 3.24 8.94

United States Violent Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 21,156 133,294 220,450 893,980
Rate per 1,000 0.06 0.40 0.66 2.68

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
41.82
19.64
National Median: 20
    Wilmington
    Delaware

Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 24

in Wilmington

1 in 51

in Delaware

Property Crimes

Population: 71,569
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 446 2,119 428
Rate per 1,000 6.23 29.61 5.98

United States Property Crimes

Population: 333,287,557
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 899,293 4,672,363 942,173
Rate per 1,000 2.70 14.02 2.83

Wilmington Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
306
60
National Median: 27.0
    Wilmington
    Delaware