Rock Springs, Wyoming
Wyoming has one of the lowest crime rates in the nation, with 238 violent crimes per 100,000 people. The city that’s considered the “most dangerous” is Rock Springs. That being said, the stats show that it’s pretty close to the national average. There were 465 violent crimes per 100,000 people. On top of that, it’s the only city on this list where there weren’t any homicides.
Vermont is a pretty safe state overall. It only has a violent crime rate of 166 per 100,000 people. Burlington has nearly double that, but even that amounts to 313 violent crime cases per 100,000 people. While it is technically the most dangerous city in Vermont, it’s easily one of the safest 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. The crime with the most reported cases is property crime at 16,041 (larceny, arson, and auto theft), but there were also 2,368 aggravated assaults and 27 murders. Fairbanks is a close second to Anchorage.
Fargo, North Dakota
Fargo has a reputation of 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. There were 403 violent crimes per 100,000 people, double the state’s rate. There were three homicides in 2017 and six in 2018.
Rapid City, South Dakota
Rapid City is the most dangerous city in South Dakota, and we’re going to tell you why. There are 719 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Despite that number being kind of high, there were only six homicides. Property crime is also on the lower side at 2,827 reported cases for the year.
Delaware is small, and its most populated city is Wilmington. Unfortunately, that city is pretty dangerous. The city barely has 71,000 people, and in 2017, it had a shocking 34 murders. On top of that, there were also 3,550 reports of property crime, including 2,413 burglaries.
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 violent crime rate of 534 per 100,000 people. There were 12 homicides, as well. While relatively low, it’s still a concern to many of those that reside in the capital.
Montana is overall pretty safe. Helena, 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 685 per 100,000 people. That’s double that of Montana’s numbers. There were 217 violent crimes and one homicide. Property crime cases reported reached 1,346.
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 Biddeford, there’s a little danger. Biddeford had a violent crime rate of 360 per 100,000 people. The town, which only has 21,488 people, experienced 77 violent crimes. That’s lower than last year, meaning it’s getting even safer.
Manchester, New Hampshire
New Hampshire is one of the safest state’s in the nation, with 199 violent crimes per 100,000 people. That being said, Manchester has some scary stats. There are 673 violent crimes per 100,000 people, well above the national average and over three times higher than the state’s average. That’s not a great number, but there were only two homicides in the city, which is much lower than some on this list.
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 990,000. There were 2,440 violent crimes, including 32 murders. Property crime is a little on the high side at 27,477, with 20,540 of those cases being larceny-theft.
Wheeling, West Virginia
West Virginia is consistently ranked as being one of the worst places to live, but 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 other cities in the state (like Huntington). There were only two in 2017.
Idaho is one of the safest states in the nation, with the annual crime rate of 226 incidents per 100,000 people. The most “dangerous” city on the list is Pocatello. In this small city of just over 55,000 people, there were 243 violent crime cases. There was only one murder in the city. There were also 1,609 property crime reports, with the largest percentage being larceny-theft. Overall, this is a pretty safe city.
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 a whopping 647 violent crimes per 100,000 people. Few would suspect it’s as dangerous as it is. In fact, there were 31 homicides in 2017, although that number dropped to 23 in 2019, according to Omaha World-Herald.
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 2017, there were 1,543 violent crimes per 100,000 people. That number is high, but there was only one reported murder in the city.
Wichita is easily one of the most dangerous cities in Kansas (and by a wide margin). Kansas has around a violent crime rate of 380 per 100,000, but Wichita has 1,022 per 100,000 people – nearly three times that of the state average. Even with that number, property crime is the biggest concern with over 21,649 in 2017 alone.
Jackson is well-known for being a dangerous city. Just over 168,000 people live in there, and there were 60 homicides in 2017 – that certainly doesn’t bode well. Unfortunately, statistics show that Jackson isn’t getting much better as it landed on the most dangerous city in the state on lists from several different sources.
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Pine Bluff can be a pretty scary place. The city has a population of 43,040, but that number is steadily falling. There were 22 murders in 2017, which is pretty high considering the population. There were 1,847 violent crimes per 100,000 people, more than triple the state violent crime rate.
North Las Vegas, Nevada
We all saw this coming, especially those that live in Nevada. Out of every city in the state, North Las Vegas is the most dangerous. There were 1,015 violent crimes per 100,000 people, double that of the state, and a total of 22 homicides. The biggest concern is the number of robberies and aggravated assaults, which are 565 and 1,758, respectively.
Iowa is a relatively safe state. For 2017, the violent crime rate was just 293 per 100,000 people, which is below the 386-per-100,000 national rate. Clinton, however, isn’t so safe. While there weren’t any homicides, aggravated assault is a serious issue. Out of 295 violent crime reports, 242 of those were aggravated assault.
South Salt Lake, Utah
Utah is often ranked as one of the best states to live, and part of that is because their crime rate is so low. Well, everywhere but South Salt Lake. There were 947 crimes per 100,000 people, but the real concern is the city’s rate of sexual assault. For a town of just 24,811, there were 44 sexual assaults. Per capita, it has the sixth-highest rate of rape in the United States.
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. With a population of 123,400, there were 29 murders. The only other city that comes close is Bridgeport with 21. Every other city had zero or single digits.
Oklahoma has three major cities with high violent crime rates, and the worst is Tulsa. Tulsa is a massive city with over 400,000 people. There were 4,214 violent crimes reported, including 70 homicides. A big driving force for the high crime rate is robberies and aggravated assaults, which were 964 and 2,757, respectively.
Oregon is a pretty safe state, and the cities reflect that. Among them, Portland came up as the worst – if you could call it that. There were 516 violent crimes per 100,000 people. That amount is pretty low compared to some other cities on the list, but it’s still nearly double that of the state’s violent crime rate. The city had 24 murders in 2017.
Kentucky surprisingly has one of the lowest violent crime rates in the nation, but Louisville doesn’t share that same statistic. It’s one of the few places in Kentucky with a higher violent crime rate than the national average at 647 per 100,000 people. Louisville Metro has also had a fair number of murders – 109 for 2017. That’s certainly a frightening number.
Louisiana has one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation, and the city of Monroe is a big contributing factor for that. Monroe has a population close to 50,000, but it had over 1,000 violent crime reports. That means the crime rate is over 2,000 per 100,000 people, which is four times more than the whole state.
Anniston isn’t a large city, but it’s certainly a dangerous one. There are only 21,995 people, but every year, there are over 2,000 reported incidences of crime. Most of those are theft and property crime, but it does have its fair share of violent crime and assault. In 2017 alone, there were 14 murders. Considering this is such a small town, that’s a pretty shocking number.
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 1,577 violent crimes per 100,000 people – more than triple the state’s violent crime rate. Property crime is also a substantial issue with 4,331 cases reported in a city of just 33,167.
Out of every city in Minnesota, Minneapolis is the most dangerous (and by a wide margin). In 2017, there were 4,614 crimes, which means there were 1,101 crimes per 100,000 people. That’s four times more than the state’s violent crime rate. By the end of the year, there were 42 homicide cases.
This one was a toss-up between Aurora and Pueblo. At the end of the day, the stats show one is worse than the other – Pueblo. Pueblo has a population of 111,127 and has a remarkable number of reports, both violent and non-violent. There were 10 murders in 2017 and 6,838 reports of property crime. Compared to Denver, Pueblo has a 50% higher crime rate.
Milwaukee has landed on the list of most dangerous cities for a while. It had over 1,597 violent crimes per 100,000 people, while the state is merely 320. Milwaukee’s biggest concern is robberies. In 2017, there were 2,919. There were also 118 homicides.
Would you guess that Maryland is one of the most dangerous states in the nation? Baltimore is especially bad. Baltimore has over 613,000 people, and there were 12,430 crimes – that’s a crime rate of 2,027 per 100,000 people. The next highest city is Salisbury, which only had 971 per 100,000 people. Considering there were 342 homicides in the city, it may be best to stay away from this one.
St. Louis, Missouri
St. Louis isn’t just the most dangerous city in Missouri; it’s the most dangerous city in the United States. The violent crime rate is 2,082 cases per 100,000 people. That’s more than triple the state’s average. Almost every year since 2015, murders have increased year-over-year. In 2017, there were 205, and in 2018, that number rose to 286.
Indianapolis holds two records in the state. First, it’s the most populated city in Indiana, and second, it’s also the most dangerous. In fact, according to 24/7 Wall Street, nearly 44% of all violent crimes in the state were committed in Indianapolis. There were 11,616 violent crimes and 156 murders in 2017. Robberies are another huge concern, as there were 3,485 cases.
Tennessee is one of the most dangerous states in the whole country. In 2017, there were 652 violent crimes for every 100,000 people, which is already double the country’s rate. Memphis is even worse. The state had over 2,000 violent crimes per 100,000 people. For the year, there were 13,077 violent crimes, 181 homicides, and 41,110 property crimes.
Holyoke has around 40,000 people, but there’s quite a bit of crime there for such a small city. There are approximately 1,083 violent crimes per 100,000 people, putting it as the most dangerous city in Massachusetts. Many people believe that it’s due to the fact that the poverty rate in the city is 28.6%, much higher than the state average of 11.1%.
Tucson’s violent crime rate is the highest of any city in the state. The biggest problem is robberies and aggravated assaults. Property crime is also a huge issue in the city, with over 27,956 cases in 2017. As far as murders, the city had 46 in 2017 and 48 in 2018.
Washington’s crime rate is relatively low, but Tacoma has a big impact on why it isn’t rated better. The city has 814 violent crimes per 100,0000 people. Considering Washington is only 304 per 100,000, Tacoma looks pretty bad. Aggravated assault is, by far, the most reported crime in the city. There were 1,153 aggravated assaults in 2017.
Virginia’s violent crime rate is just 208 out of 100,000 people, which is pretty low. Petersburg can’t say the same thing. The violent crime rate is 794 per 100,000 people – nearly four times as much as the state. Virginia is a great place to move but avoid Petersburg like the plague.
Camden, New Jersey
This one was between Camden and Trenton, but Camden ultimately stood out as much more dangerous. The reason? The violent crime rate, which is 1,968 per 100,000 people. The state’s violent crime rate is 229, meaning this city is 8.5 times worse. Camden is a pretty small city, directly across the river from Philadelphia, where violence is much more common.
Detroit is notorious for being a crime-ridden city, but how bad is it really? Well, Detroit’s violent crime rate is more than quadruple the state’s violent crime rate. In 2017, Detroit police logged 13,796 violent crimes, which included 267 homicides. Property crime is also extremely high, with 30,458 reports in one year.
Lumberton, North Carolina
North Carolina is tough, as the state has very inconsistent reporting practices. That being said, Lumberton has regularly ranked as one of the worst cities, according to the FBI. Unfortunately, we’ll just have to wait until the stats are available to confirm this. However, in 2016, Lumberton had 1,812 violent crimes per 100,000 people, so we can see why it’s considered pretty bad.
East Point, Georgia
East Point is a small city that’s located just outside of Atlanta. Atlanta is pretty dangerous according to some, but East Point is even worse. The population of this city is 35,282 and had eight murders. In general, violent crime is a lot worse than the national average. Another discouraging statistic is property crime, which had 11,572 reports for every 100,000 people in the city. This is the second-highest property crime rate in the nation.
Cleveland is easily the most dangerous city in Ohio. In 2017, there were 5,999 violent crimes, which amounts to 1,557 per 100,000 people. That makes it five times worse than the state’s violent crime rate of 297 per 100,000 people. There were 130 homicides in 2017 and 120 in 2018, both numbers coming from Cleveland’s police department.
East St. Louis, Illinois
Illinois is one of the least-safe states in the nation. Of all the cities, East St. Louis is the most dangerous for a few reasons. Despite having a population just under 27,000, the city had 30 murders, which is the same as some cities that have 100,000 people. In fact, East St. Louis had the highest murder rate of any U.S. city in 2016. Even worse, by the end of 2017, less than one-quarter of the cases had been solved.
This one was difficult as both Chester and McKeesport were pretty bad. However, Chester was chosen because the property crime rate is so much higher. In Chester, there were 474 violent crimes, including 18 homicides, in a town of just 34,087. The property crime, however, is much worse with 1,151 cases, meaning one in 22 people experience some sort of property crime in the city.
Newburgh, New York
Newburg is a smaller town north of Manhattan, but it has the highest crime rate of any city or town in the state. In 2017, there were 1,236 violent crimes per 100,000 people, which is triple the state’s rate. There were six homicides, 101 robberies, and 217 aggravated assaults. Property crime is also high for such a small city at 747 reported cases.
Riviera Beach, Florida
So, there were a few contenders for Florida. Jacksonville (population of 892,062) certainly has the highest numbers, with 109 murders in 2017 alone. However, we had to mention Riviera Beach. With a population of 34,674, the city had 11 homicides. Jacksonville is over 25 times larger than Riviera Beach, but it only has nine times the murders. Riviera Beach has a lot of gang-related crimes, making it one of the most violent cities in the United States.
Beaumont has historically been one of the worst cities, but Texarkana beat it for this list. There were 478 violent crimes, meaning there were 1,261 violent crimes per 100,000 people. That’s triple the state’s rate. There were three homicides, as well. Many experts believe it’s due to the fact that many of the residents live below the poverty line.
California has hundreds of cities, and Stockton (population 309,566) is one of the scariest. It has an incredibly high violent crime rate, driven mainly by aggravated assault and robbery. In 2017, there were 4,379 reports of violent crime, including 55 murders. That number dropped in 2018 to just 33. That’s great news, but property crime is also a sky-high 11,229 cases, including 2,140 burglaries.