Wilmington, Del., was the third most violent of about 450 cities of comparable size in 2012, reports the city’s News Journal. It was the eighth most violent among nearly 750 U.S. cities with more than 50,000 people, according to the paper’s analysis of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reports. By both measures, Wilmington was worse than 99 percent of other cities.
Violence in Wilmington was worse than almost every major U.S. city, including Philadelphia, Baltimore, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and New Orleans. Of cities with more than 300,000 people, only Detroit, Memphis, Oakland and St. Louis are more violent than Wilmington, which has a population of 72,000. Wilmington's violent crime rate of 1,703.5 per 100,000 residents was nearly 4½ times the U.S. average, a gap that has expanded steeply in recent decades.