Choosing where to live is a big decision and people have different priorities regarding the places they prefer. However, most people want to avoid undesirable areas, such as those with high crime rates. Safety is not the only factor that determines whether a place is a good place to live or not, as the economy, job opportunities, and schools in a place are also determining factors. Based on these different factors, here are the 20 worst places to live in Delaware.
Newark is a city in New Castle County in Delaware that has a population of more than 33,000 people. Housing lacks diversity in this area, and public schools score poorly. It is also the 16th most dangerous place to live in the state, having the 13th highest violent crime rate and the 14th highest property crime rate. However, life is not all bad for Newark residents, as the city has a vibrant nightlife and many things for residents to enjoy at their leisure.
Elsmere is a suburb of Philadelphia in the Delaware Valley that has a population of 6,049. It has the 11th worst property crime rate and 16th worst violent crime rate in Delaware, meaning it ranks as the 14th most dangerous place to live in the state overall. Two other problems at this location are poorly rated public schools and a lack of employment issues for residents. On the positive side, there are many activities for residents to enjoy and there is diversity in the community.
The only reason Smyrna appears on the list is high crime rates. It has the 12th highest violent crime rate and 13th highest property crime rate in Delaware, making it the 12th most dangerous place to live in the state overall. However, this city in Kent County also has many positive attributes that have led to the ranking of the worst places to live. In this area, public schools are decent, the community is diverse, job opportunities are plentiful, and residents enjoy a wide range of leisure activities.
According to Niche, Camden is a small town in Kent County, Delaware, with a population of just 3,469 residents. Despite its small size, it has the 11th highest crime rate in the state. Property crime is the biggest problem, with Camden having the fifth highest number of property crimes, but only 17th among the most violent crimes. Despite high crime rates, Camden is a place that has many other things going for it. It is a good place to live as a family, as the schools are excellent and there are a wide range of family-oriented activities to enjoy. There are also various job opportunities in this area.
16. New Castle
Near Wilmington, New Castle has a population of 5,558 people. Crime has seen a slight improvement in the area over the past 12 months, meaning it has gone from being the ninth most dangerous place in Delaware to the 10th. Another major disadvantage of living in New Castle for families is the public schools, as they are rated below average. On the other hand, there are abundant job opportunities and there are outdoor activities to enjoy in the area.
Unfortunately, crime rates have seen a significant increase in Bridgeville over the past year, taking it from 18th to 9th in the most dangerous cities. It’s the rise in crime that places it 15th overall among the worst places to live in Delaware. Violent crime is the biggest problem, as Bridgeville has the ninth most violent place. However, it also ranks 10th among property crimes, making both types of crimes problematic. Other downsides to living in Bridgeville are the lack of nightlife and limited family activities. However, the community is diverse and the public schools are above average.
Georgetown is the county seat of Sussex and has a population of 7,558 residents. Although crime remains a problem in Georgetown, the numbers are declining. Last year, Georgetown was ranked as the third most dangerous place to live in Delaware, but now it is only the eighth most dangerous place to live. Zippia also lists Georgetown as the worst place to live in Delaware for women, as …