The Most Dangerous City in Every State
We all have a city in our state we’re told to stay away from, and for a good reason. Most of them have an extremely high crime rate. These statistics are recorded by the police and reported back to the FBI so they can compile a list of dangerous places in the states. Occasionally, the FBI will release these numbers, giving us the chance to get an in-depth look at our state.
We were lucky enough to get our hands on the most recent statistics and dig through all those numbers. It turns out that several states have a crime issue. Take a look through our report to find out the most dangerous city in your state. Were you surprised, or was it something you knew before clicking in?
All information is compiled from the FBI website and U.S. Census reports. Information in this list dates back to 2020, although local news reports were used to find more recent numbers. Long story short, we advise steering clear of any of the following cities on this list. Due to a number of factors, these are the most dangerous cities in each state. Stay safe out there, folks! The world isn't what it used to be...
Garden City, Idaho
- Idaho is one of the safest states in the nation.
- Annual Crime Rate: 241 incidents per 100,000 people.
- Most Dangerous City: Garden City
- In this small city of just over 12,000 people, there were 84 violent crime cases and 241 property crimes.
While there was only one murder in the city in 2020, there were a surprising number of assaults. From nine rape cases to 72 aggravated assaults, Garden City is not the place to be. Even though Garden City's three times more dangerous than the rest of Idaho, it's overall a pretty safe city.
- Canton is easily the most dangerous city in the state.
- The city has the third highest burglary rate in the state!
- In 2020, 1 in 20 residents risked becoming the victim of a property crime.
- With only a population of 70,000, those are pretty terrible odds!
Even worse, the city also boasts the third highest rate of rape cases in the state. This combination of crimes elevates Canton — which is positioned twenty miles south of Akron — as the most dangerous city in Ohio. Anyone who thought that they should live in Canton instead of Cleveland or Akron was sorely mistaken... but it's not too late to move away!
Florida City, Florida
- There were a few contenders for Florida.
- Jacksonville (population of 902,488) certainly has the highest numbers - with 109 murders way back in 2017 alone.
- With a population of 11,855, this city had 348 violent crimes and 732 property crimes.
- This adds up to over 1,000 total crimes in 2020.
Jacksonville is over 25 times larger than Florida City, but it only has nine times the murders. Florida City has a lot of gun-related violence because of lax gun laws, making it easier for people to act poorly. Their gun control is abysmal, and the poverty rates are some of the worst in the nation at 41.2%!
- Delaware is super small.
- Its most populated city is Wilmington
- It is conveniently located between New York and Washington D.C.
- Unfortunately, this city is pretty dangerous.
- It barely has 71,000 people, and a shocking 31 murders in 2020.
- > Funnily enough, that's three fewer murders than in 2017, which is an improvement... barely.
At that rate, Wilmington will be murder free by 2051! On top of the terrible murder rate, Wilmington leads the state in both violent crime and property crime. Why can't they shoot for the title of "most beautiful" or "home to the most puppies?" But no, it's all arson and car theft for these people.
- Wyoming has one of the lowest crime rates in the nation
- With barely 8 crimes per 1,000 people.
- However, the city that’s considered the “most dangerous" is Riverton.
- Riverton is twice as dangerous as the national average and nearly four times more dangerous than the rest of the state.
That being said, the overall crime stats show that it’s pretty close to the national average. There were 27 rapes, 5 robberies, and 52 assaults. Clearly, there is a problem with sexual harassment in this state! On top of that, it’s the only city on this list where there was only one homicide.
St. Albans, Vermont
- Vermont is a pretty safe state overall.
- It only has a violent crime rate of 36 per 1,000 people.
- St. Albans has over double that.
- Even that amounts to 4.5 violent crime cases per 1,000 residents.
- However, it is about on par with the national median, which implies that the rest of Vermont is relatively safe.
While it is technically the most dangerous city in Vermont, it’s easily one of the safest on this list. In 2020, there were no reported murders, 7 rapes, only 1 robbery case, and just 23 aggravated assaults. Those are pretty good odds, especially when compared with the rest of the cities on this list...
- For the most part, Alaska is a pretty safe place – unless you live in Anchorage.
- This city is uncharacteristically violent compared to the surrounding areas
- It's only 5% safer than the rest of the United States.
- Who knew Alaska would be so dangerous because of the human population and not the wildlife?
Actually, both can be pretty scary.
The crime with the most reported cases is property crime at 9,968 cases (larceny, arson, and auto theft), but there were also over 3,000 violent crimes, including 2,344 assaults and 18 murders. And if you're thinking of fleeing to Fairbanks, you won't find much of a safe haven. Fairbanks is a close second to Anchorage in terms of overall crime.
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
- Pine Bluff can be a pretty scary place.
- The city has a population of 42,323, but that number is steadily falling year over year.
- There were 22 murders in 2017 and 23 murders later in 2020.
- This is a pretty high rate considering the shrinking population.
Located barely an hour southeast of Arkansas' capital city of Little Rock — which has its own reputation for terrible crime rates — it might just be safer to avoid those areas entirely if you can help it. Sure, Pine Bluff is rich with history dating back to the mid-19th century, plus a unique Railroad Museum, but that's barely enough to atone for the city's sins.
Fargo, North Dakota
- Fargo has a reputation for being dangerous.
- Especially considering movies and television series were made about the town.
- While it is the most dangerous place in North Dakota, the stats pale in comparison to other cities on this list with nearly 40 crimes per 1,000 residents in the city!
40 crimes per 1,000 residents in the city
Here are the Fargo crime statistics for 2020: 586 violent crimes, over 4,000 property crimes, a total of 7 murders, 108 rapes, 61 robberies, and a whopping 410 aggravated assaults. For a city whose crime rate is on track with the national average, it feels pretty scary!
Providence, Rhode Island
- Rhode Island is another generally safe state, despite having a history of organized crime.
- Providence isn’t too terrible, either, when you look at the statistics.
- The city has a crime rate of 28 per 1,000 people.
- Which isn't terrible compared to the rest of the nation, but is definitely worse than the rest of Rhode Island.
There were 17 homicides, 67 rapes, 183 robberies, and 611 assaults in 2020. Overall, there were 878 violent crimes and a whopping 4,389 property crimes during the year. While relatively low, it’s still a concern to many of those that reside in the capital of this humble state.
- Like Rhode Island, Montana is overall pretty safe.
- Billings, Montana’s most dangerous city, doesn’t have the same record.
- Granted, it is safer than many other cities on this list, but it has a violent crime rate of 53 per 1,000 people.
- It is two times as dangerous as the rest of the state.
That’s double the violent crime of the national numbers. There were 939 violent crimes, including 14 murders, 85 rapes, 125 robberies, and 715 aggravated assault cases. Plus, property crime cases reported reached 5,249, which is more than twice both state and national medians.
- Maine seems like a pretty peaceful place, and you’d be right.
- It’s one of the safest states in the nation, but even in Augusta, there’s a little danger.
- Augusta had a crime rate of 37 per 1,000 people, which includes 75 violent crimes and 619 property crimes over the course of 2020.
The town, which only has 18,662 people, experienced violent crimes on par with the national average, including 21 rapes, 16 robberies, and 38 assaults. At least there were no reported homicides, unlike the rest of the cities on this list. Plus, those rates are lower than last year, meaning it’s getting even safer.
Beckley, West Virginia
- West Virginia is consistently ranked as being one of the worst places to live.
- The violent crime rate is actually pretty low.
- It’s just 351 per 100,000 people.
- Then there are cities like Wheeling.
- There are 1,221 violent crimes per 100,000 people, which is three times the national rate.
The good news is that the homicide rate is much lower than in other cities in the state (like Huntington). There were only two in 2017.
South Salt Lake, Utah
- Utah is often ranked as one of the best states to live in.
- Part of that is because its crime rate is so low.
- It's honestly pretty nice anywhere and everywhere you go except, well, South Salt Lake.
- No, it's not Salt Lake City, but the area just below the populous capital.
There were 9 crimes per 1,000 people, but the city’s rate of larceny and sexual assault is the real concern. For a town of just 25,000, there were 39 rapes and 73 robberies. Per capita, it has the sixth-highest rate of sexual assault in the United States.
Wadesboro, North Carolina
- North Carolina is tough, as the state has very inconsistent reporting practices.
- That being said, Wadesboro has regularly ranked as one of the worst cities, according to the FBI.
- Fortunately, we have all the stats available to confirm this terrible fact.
- Sorry, Wadesboro residents, but your city isn't what it seems!
As a city with barely 5,200 people, there was plenty of crime to make up for its lack of residents. Wadesboro had 24 violent crimes per 1,000 people (124 total), so we can see why it’s considered pretty bad. Plus, there were 3 murders, 5 rapes, 19 robberies, and at least 97 aggravated assaults, making Wadesboro 6 times more dangerous than the national average.
Gallup, New Mexico
- Considering New Mexico is the most dangerous state in the contiguous United States, several cities could’ve made this list.
- However, we had to choose one — Gallup.
- Gallup has an infamous reputation that holds up year-over-year.
- In 2020, there were 17.4 violent crimes per 1,000 people, 912 property crimes, and 1,293 crimes in total.
17.4 violent crimes per 1,000 people
That number is high and reflects the 5 murders, 15 rapes, 84 robberies, and 277 assault cases reported murder in the city in 2020. In Gallup, residents suffer a 1 in 57 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime within the population of nearly 22,000. Ouch!
- Independence is easily one of the most dangerous cities in Kansas (and by a wide margin).
- Kansas has around a violent crime rate of 4 per 1,000.
- Wichita has 10 per 1,000 people – nearly three times that of the state average.
- Plus, it's more than twice the national median!
Even with that number, property crime is the biggest concern with over 435 in 2020 alone, including 90 burglaries, 318 thefts, and 27 motor vehicle thefts. That doesn't overshadow the violent crimes, however, including the 2 homicides and 10 rapes in 2020... No matter how bad property crimes get, violent crime is scarier by a landslide.
Rapid City, South Dakota
- Rapid City is the most dangerous city in South Dakota, and we’re going to tell you why.
- There are 9 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
- Despite that number being kind of low, there were 13 murders in that one city alone!
- That doesn't even include the atrocious rape, robbery, and assault numbers, which we list below.
Property crime is also on the high side at 3,142 reported cases for the year. But most people are concerned with the 108 rape cases, 104 robberies, and 448 assaults that occurred over the course of 2020, because violent crimes are what truly show just how dangerous these cities can get.
- Jackson is well-known for being a dangerous city.
- Cleveland took the cake in the most recent FBI reports.
- Just over 11,000 people live there, yet there were 2 murders, 77 assaults, and 2 rapes in 2020.
- That certainly doesn’t bode well for the community... Or for Mississippi's already terrible reputation!
Unfortunately, statistics show that Cleveland isn’t getting much better year over year as it landed on the most dangerous city in the state on lists from several different sources. Cleveland residents suffer a 1 in 115 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime, and that's not a statistic we're willing to test.
- You all might not have seen this one coming, especially those that live in Nevada.
- Out of every city in the state, Las Vegas is considered the most dangerous by the masses.
- However, it's actually the humble town of Elko located in the northeastern area of the state that's the most dangerous.
There were 34 crimes per 1,000 people, and the violent crime rate is on par with the rest of the state and the national median. The violent crimes include 5 murders, 19 rapes, 18 robberies, and 58 assaults. The biggest concern is the number of burglaries and thefts, which were 126 and 401, respectively.
Council Bluffs, Iowa
- Iowa is a relatively safe state.
- Back in 2020, the violent crime rate was just 3 per 1,000 people.
- This falls below the national average.
- Council Bluffs, however, isn’t so safe.
- With the second highest rate of violent crime in the state, just imagine how atrocious the overall crime rate is!
With just a population of 62,000, there were 36 rapes, 68 robberies, 2,976 property crimes, and over 470 cases of assault in 2020 alone. Homicide isn't a big problem in the area... Perhaps it's better to have a nice thief than a serial killer in your city? On second thought, none of the above, please!
- Omaha doesn’t seem like it would be bad, but it’s the most dangerous city in all of Nebraska.
- Compared to Norfolk and Bellevue (which both have under 150 violent crimes per 100,000 people), Omaha has over 3,800 crimes per 100,000 people.
- This boils down to nearly 6 violent crimes per 1,000.
Omaha has over 3,800 crimes per 100,000 people.
Few would suspect it’s as dangerous as it is. In fact, there were 37 homicides in 2020, although that number is expected to drop in future years, according to Omaha World-Herald. Other violent crimes included 351 rapes and over 2,000 assaults. We really don't want to visit this place now!
- This one was a toss-up between Pueblo and Glendale.
- At the end of the day, the stats show one is worse than the other – Glendale.
- Glendale has a measly population of 5,186 yet has a remarkable number of reports, both violent and non-violent.
What's going on here?
There was one murder, 5 rapes, 16 robberies, and 27 aggravated assaults in 2020 alone, with 904 reports of property crime. Compared to the rest of the state, Glendale has a nearly 60% higher crime rate. Sometimes small towns are kind and cozy, while others are straight-up crime scenes.
- Overall, Connecticut is a pretty safe state.
- However, there’s still a city we had to mention.
- Hartford was the only city in the whole state with over 1,000 violent crimes for every 100,000 people.
- This is super worrying as that's almost 10 times the statewide average. Big yikes!
With a population of 122,000, there were 23 murders. The only other city that comes close is Bridgeport with around 20. Every other city had zero or single digits. Even worse, the citizens of Harford experienced 31 rapes, 281 robberies, and almost 900 aggravated assaults in just one year!
- Tucson’s violent crime rate is the highest of any city in the state.
- The biggest problem is robberies and aggravated assaults.
- These problems are reflected by FBI statistics.
- The reports show that there are 7 violent crimes on average for every 1,000 people.
- It gets even worse when you look at property crimes.
As far as murders, the city had 61 in 2020, which is up from 48 in 2018. As we mentioned above, property crime is also a huge issue in the city, with over 19,995 cases in 2020. However, those numbers are actually own from the over 22,000 that occurred three years prior.
- Oklahoma has three major cities with high violent crime rates.
- The worst is Tulsa. No surprise here!
- Tulsa is a massive city with over 402,000 people.
- There were 4,553 violent crimes reported, including 73 homicides, 378 rapes, and 740 robberies.
That is pure INSANITY!
A big driving force for the high crime rate is their aggravated assaults, which were 3,383 respectively. All of these stats combined make Tulsa nearly three times more dangerous than the national median... Not to mention, 1 in 91 residents have a chance of becoming a victim.
- Oregon is a pretty safe state, and the cities reflect that.
- Among them, Portland usually tops the list as the worst – if you could call it that.
- In 2020, Ontario actually rose through the ranks with its terrible crime rate.
- There were 7 violent crimes per 1,000 people — three times the statewide average.
That amount is pretty low compared to some other cities on the list, but it’s still nearly double that of the nation's violent crime rate. The city had one murder in 2020 plus five rapes, five robberies, and exactly 65 reported cases of aggravated assault. We'd still prefer to avoid the area, thank you!
Bowling Green, Kentucky
- Kentucky surprisingly has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation.
- Bowling Green doesn’t share that same statistic.
- It’s one of the few places in Kentucky with a higher violent crime rate.
- It's on par with the national average at 4 per 1,000 people.
Despite this seemingly normal violent crime rate, Bowling Green had a fair number of murders – 10 for 2020 in a city of 72,000. That’s certainly a frightening number. Other violent crimes that occurred (that worry us a lot!) were 65 rapes, 73 robberies, and 119 assaults. Don't even get us started on the property crimes...
- Louisiana has one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation
- The city of Opelousas is a big contributing factor to that.
- Located north of Lafayette, the city is the most dangerous area of the state for a few reasons.
- For one, it was once rampant with gambling and prostitution, and it can't seem to escape its seedy history.
It can't seem to escape its seedy history.
Monroe has a population of close to 17,000, but its rate of violent crime makes the chances of being robbed or assaulted a real possibility. 1 in 42 residents runs the risk of being assaulted, killed, robbed, or raped on any given day... Why do people still live here?
Manchester, New Hampshire
- New Hampshire is one of the safest state’s in the nation.
- It has 199 violent crimes per 100,000 people as of recent statistics.
- That being said, Manchester has some scary stats.
- Compared to the rest of the state, it's the highest ranking in violent crimes, especially in its central location by the Merrimack River.
There are 670 violent crimes per 100,000 people, which is above the national average and well over three times higher than the state’s average. That’s not a great number, but there were only five homicides in the city, which is much lower than some other terrifying cities on this list.
- Fairfield isn’t a large city, but it’s certainly a dangerous one.
- There are only 10,000 people.
- Every year, there are nearly 1,000 reported incidences of crime, both violent and related to personal property.
- That makes Fairfield over 4 times more violent than the statewide and national averages.
Most of those are theft and property crimes, but it does have its fair share of violent crimes and assaults. In 2017 alone, there were 14 murders out of the 21,000 in the state overall, and we bet more recent data isn't much better. Considering this is such a small town, that’s a pretty shocking number.
- Hawaii is pretty middle-of-the-road when it comes to safety.
- Honolulu is its most dangerous city, but we’re using that term very lightly.
- Honolulu has a population of over 347,000.
- It is typically celebrated as the premiere luxury vacation destination for people worldwide, especially Americans.
- However, every city has a dark side, even the lovely Hawaii capital.
There were 702 violent crimes committed in 2020, which means that 2 out of every 1,000 residents are a victim. While violent crime isn't terrible in the city, property crime is a little on the high side at 10,021 crimes committed in 2020, most of which being theft.
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- South Carolina has managed to reach the top 10 most dangerous states in America a few times now.
- The worst of the cities: Myrtle Beach.
- This city has 100 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
- That's more than triple the state’s violent crime rate.
We've rarely seen worse crime averages!
According to Neighborhood Scout, Myrtle Beach is after than 0% of U.S. Cities... Talk about an abysmal score! Property crime is also a substantial issue with 3,108 cases reported in a city of just 33,638. With the worst overall crime rate in all of South Carolina, it's probably not shocking that it's 365% worse than the national average...
- Minneapolis is the most dangerous of every city in Minnesota (and by a wide margin).
- This city has the third highest murder rate in the state.
- It also makes the top 10 for most rape cases in Minnesota.
- These are some lists where you don't want to be in the #1 slot.
In 2020 there were 25,334 overall crimes, which means there were 59 crimes per 1,000 people. That’s nearly 6 times more than the state’s violent crime rate and 3 times the national average. By the end of the year, there were 79 homicide cases and 363 rapes! Absolutely terrible.
- Milwaukee has landed on the list of most dangerous cities for a while, but Beloit snagged the top spot in the past few years.
- From violent crimes to property damage and larceny, Beloit residents have a 1 in 206 chance of being attacked in the city.
- Those are pretty terrible odds for a place with just 36,000 residents.
However, Beloit's biggest concern is larceny. In 2020, there were 74 stolen cars, 117 burglaries, and countless other crimes that would take up way too much space to list out. Needless to say, the place isn't safe and you should watch your back as long as you're there!
Ocean City, Maryland
Would you guess that Maryland is one of the most dangerous states in the nation?
- Ocean City is especially bad. Ocean City has only 6,000 residents.
- There were 666 crimes in 2020.
- Not only is that number worrying on its own, but that’s a crime rate of 97 per 1,000 people.
The next highest city is Salisbury, which only had 971 per 100,000 people as of the past 3 years. Considering there were 342 homicides in the city, it may be best to stay away from this one. And in terms of property crime, Ocean City is absolutely horrid, with six times more crimes than the statewide median.
St. Louis, Missouri
- St. Louis isn’t just the most dangerous city in Missouri; it’s close to topping the list of most dangerous cities in the United States.
- The FBI reports over 6,017 rape cases, murders, robberies, and various assaults in the city over the course of 2020 alone.
- With the second highest murder rate in the nation, those numbers aren't surprising... but they sure are depressing.
Almost every year since 2015, murders have increased year-over-year. In 2017, there were 205, and in 2018, that number rose to 286. Later in 2020, over 3,000 people had their cars stolen, which is only a minor percentage of the nearly 17,500 victims of property crimes that also occurred that year.
Terre Haute, Indiana
- Indianapolis is the first city most people point to as the most dangerous in the state of Indiana.
- The title actually goes to the riverside city of Terre Haute.
- While Terre Haute looks relatively peaceful and rural on the outside, it's home to several cultural landmarks — and the most dangerous crimes.
There were 783 burglaries during 2020 in a city of just over 60,600 people. On top of high arson rates and car thefts happening constantly, we'd rather ditch the area entirely. Unfortunately, Terre Haute is home to Indiana State University, making it a difficult area to avoid.
- Holyoke has just around 40,000 people, but there’s quite a bit of crime there for such a small city.
- Many people believe that it’s because the poverty rate in the city is 28.6%.
- This is much higher than the state average of 11.1%.
- When the city doesn't take care of its residents, all hell breaks loose.
There are approximately 10 violent crimes per 1,000 people, making it over three times more dangerous than the rest of Massachusetts. More specifically, there were 8 murders, 17 rapes, 64 robberies, and over 270 aggravated assaults. Isn't there anywhere we can go that isn't filled with terrible people? Canada, perhaps.
- Washington’s crime rate is relatively low.
- Tacoma has a big impact on why it isn’t rated better.
- The city has 849 violent crimes per 100,0000 people.
- Considering Washington is only 293 per 100,000, Tacoma looks pretty bad.
- Plus, it's twice as dangerous as the nationwide average.
Aggravated assault is, by far, the most reported crime in the city. There were 1,267 aggravated assaults in 2020, not to mention the slew of property crimes in the city. Even worse, there were 28 murders, 128 rape cases, and 439 robberies over the course of just one year in Tacoma.
- Tennessee is one of the most dangerous states in the whole country.
- In 2020, there were 289 murders, which is the second highest murder rate in the state.
- In fact, Memphis residents have a 1 in 42 chance of suffering from a property crime, car theft being the worst.
- That's an average of over 10 property crimes every day!
Memphis has an unspeakable amount of violent crime at over 4x the national average. If that's not reason enough to move out, we don't know what is. Oh, wait, it gets worse! On top of their atrocious property crimes, Memphis hoists the highest rate of arson cases in Tennessee.
- Virginia’s violent crime rate is just 208 out of 100,000 people, which is pretty low.
- Portsmouth can’t say the same thing.
- With a violent crime rate of 920 per every 100,000 residents of the city, that ratio is shocking!
- That's more than four times the statewide average and twice the national median.
More than four times the statewide average and twice the national median
Over twelve months in 2020, there were a shocking 34 murders, 26 rapes, 222 robberies, and 594 assaults. As for property crimes, it's considerably higher in Portsmouth compared to both the statewide average and national median. These crimes included 465 burglaries, over 3,000 thefts, and 501 stolen cars.
Asbury Park, New Jersey
- It's situated on the Jersey Shore and included in the New York City metro.
- Asbury Park tops the list of the most dangerous cities in New Jersey.
- Asbury stands out as much more risky than the rest due to the fact that its overall crime rate is 3x more than the rest of the state.
- The majority of these crimes are violent.
Most people think the Jersey Shore is only a place to have fun on the beach, but Asbury visitors should party at their own risk. Residents run a 1 in 81 chance of being assaulted in the city... Perhaps a walk on the boardwalk isn't worth the pain.
Benton Township, Michigan
- Detroit is notorious for being a crime-ridden city.
- Apparently, Detroit’s violent crime rate is nothing compared to the humble Benton Township.
- It has more than four times the state’s violent crime rate.
- Benton Township is terrible in terms of property crime, ranking #4 in the state.
1 out of every 22 people in the township has a chance of being robbed or their property damaged. Plus, the area isn't innocent of other — much more troubling — crimes. From soaring rape cases to a slew of other violent crimes, take some time to consider if traveling to Silver Beach is even worth it...
College Park, Georgia
- College Park is a city that’s located to the south of Atlanta and home to the busiest airport in the world!
- No wonder it also tops the list as the most dangerous city in the state.
- Atlanta on its own is pretty dangerous according to some residents, but College Park is even worse.
- The population of this city is only 13,930 as of 2020, yet the crime rate is abysmal!
The crime rate is abysmal!
Over 213 residents had their cars stolen in the city, it has the worst murder rate statewide, and even ranks #16 for rape cases. What more can go wrong here? According to FBI data, most of these crimes span a wide area including Clayton and Fulton County, neither of which are known for their small-town charm.
- Illinois is one of the least-safe states in the nation.
- Of all the cities, Rockford is the most dangerous for a few reasons.
- Despite having a population of just under 150,000, the city had 26 murders in 2019.
- This is nearly 6 times the national average.
- Rockford's crime rate is shocking as the fourth biggest city in Illinois.
On average, there is a robbery and five assaults almost every day in this city. Even worse, there's a 1 in 68 chance of becoming a crime victim, according to the FBI. The only escape from the horror of Rockford lies at the Anderson Japanese Gardens, but who knows if you're really safe there?
- Pennsylvania's most dangerous city isn't as obvious as it seems.
- This one was difficult to narrow down as both Chester and McKeesport were pretty bad.
- Chester was chosen because the property crime rate is so much higher at 36 crimes per 1,000 residents
- This makes up the majority of the total crimes (1,764) in 2020.
In Chester, there were 576 violent crimes. Most of these have not been broken down for 2020, but we do have data from recent years, including 18 homicides in 2017. In a town of just 32,087, that's not terrible, but not good either. The property crime, however, is much worse with over 1,000 cases, meaning that about one in 22 people experience some sort of property crime in the city.
Binghampton, New York
- Binghampton is a smaller college town located in the southern quadrant of New York.
- It has the highest crime rate of any city or town in the state.
- In 2020, there were 390 violent crimes, which is nearly 8 violent cases per 1,000 residents.
- That's twice the national rate!
Twice the national rate!
There was one homicide, 50 robberies, 36 rapes, and 303 aggravated assaults in the city within just one year. We know 2020 was a tough time, but it was bad for all of us and is no excuse for MURDER! Property crime is also high for such a small city at 1,955 reported cases.
- Beaumont has historically been one of the worst cities, but Palmview beat it for this list.
- There were 478 violent crimes, meaning there were 143 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
- That’s triple the state’s rate.
- There were three homicides, as well.
- Many experts believe it’s because many of the residents live below the poverty line.
Sadly, 1 in 21 residents has a chance of becoming the victim of a property crime, especially in this area of Texas. The only escape is to move away or travel to more peaceful places void of large crowds, like national forests or Antarctica, if things get really bad.
- California has hundreds of cities, and Oakland (population 311,103) is one of the scariest.
- It has an incredibly high violent crime rate.
- This is driven mainly by aggravated assault and robbery, much like the surrounding areas.
- According to recent FBI statistics, a murder happens every five days in Oakland on average.
If that doesn't scare you, we don't know what would.
Ironically, many people — including residents — celebrate Oakland for its many family-friendly locations. If only the waterfront Jack London Square and the Oakland Zoo weren't bordering areas with an overall crime rate reaching well over 150% above the national average. In fact, Oakland has the fifth highest rate of property crime in the entire state of California.