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The Most Dangerous City in Every State

Garden City, Idaho

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 person unalived in the city in 2020, there were a surprising number of assaults. From nine assault 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. 

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland, Ohio
  • Cleveland is easily the most dangerous city in the state.
  • The city has one of the highest property crime rates in the state!
  • In 2022, 13,867 residents were victims of a property crime.
  • With only a population of 371,219, those are pretty terrible odds!

Even worse, the city also boasts one of the highest cases of violent crimes in the state. This combination of crimes elevates Cleveland — which is positioned twenty miles North of  Strongsville — as the most dangerous city in Ohio. Anyone who thought that they should live in Cleveland instead of Akron was sorely mistaken... but it's not too late to move away!

Florida City, Florida

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%!

Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington, Delaware
  • 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 untimely death free by 2051! On top of the terrible violence 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. 

Riverton, Wyoming

Riverton, Wyoming
  • Wyoming has one of the lowest crime rates in the nation
  • With barely eight 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 79 assaults and five robberies. Clearly, there is a problem with harassment in this state! On top of that, it’s the only city on this list where only one person met their demise.

St. Albans, Vermont

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 incidents of foul play, nearly 30 assaults, and only one case of robbery. Those are pretty good odds, especially when compared with the rest of the cities on this list...

Anchorage, Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska
  • 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 untimely deaths. 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.

Little Rock, Arkansas

Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Ranked as the Fifth Most Dangerous Place in the U.S.
  • The city has a population of 204,405, but that number is steadily increasing year after year.
  • There were 3,694 violent crimes in 2022.
  • This is a pretty high rate and may only get worse from here on in.

As Arkansas' capital city, Little Rock has had a significant reputation for terrible crime rates — it might just be safer to avoid this area entirely if you can help it. Previously, Pine Bluff took the top spot. While both cities are rich with history dating back to the mid-19th century, it's hardly enough for Little Rock to atone for its sins.

Fargo, North Dakota

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 48 crimes per 1,000 residents in the city! 

48 crimes per 1,000 residents in the city

Here are the Fargo crime statistics for 2022: 779 violent crimes, over 5,250 property crimes. In 2022, there were a total of seven reported incidents of foul play, 61 robberies, and a whopping 409 aggravated assaults. For a city whose crime rate is on track with the national average, it feels pretty scary!

Providence, Rhode Island

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 incidents of foul play, 678 assaults, and 183 robberies 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. 

Billings, Montana

Billings, Montana
  • 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 52 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. Previously, there were 939 violent crimes, including 14 incidents of foul play, 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.

Augusta, Maine

Augusta, Maine
  • 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 59 cases of assault and 16 robberies. At least there were no reported incidents of foul play, 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

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 induced demise rate is much lower than in other cities in the state (like Huntington). There were only two in 2017. It seems Buckley needs to get its act together, or it may only get worse from here. Violent crimes are certainly no joke.

Salt Lake City, Utah

Salt Lake City, 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, Salt Lake City.
  • Salt Lake City is the most populous city in the state of Utah, with 202,693 people.

There were 1,963 violent crimes in 2022, but the city’s rate of 12,847 property crimes that year was the biggest concern. Even for a city of over 200K, the number of property crimes was pretty significant. Per capita, it has one of the highest rates of assault in the country. 

Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Winston-Salem, North Carolina
  • North Carolina is tough, as the state has very inconsistent reporting practices.
  • That being said, Winston-Salem 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, Winston-Salem residents, but your city isn't what it seems! 

According to 2022 numbers, Winston-Salem has about 255,384 people, along with some terrible crime statistics to keep everyone down. Winston-Salem had 2,759 violent crimes in 2022, so we can see why it’s considered pretty bad. Plus, there were 9,015 property crimes, making Winston-Salem one of the top 25 most dangerous cities in the country.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Albuquerque, New Mexico
  • Considering New Mexico is the second most dangerous state in the contiguous United States, several cities could’ve made this list.
  • However, we had to choose one — Albuquerque. 
  • Albuquerque has an infamous reputation that holds up year over year.
  • In 2022, there were 7,442 violent crimes, 24,826 property crimes, and over 32,000 crimes in total.

13 violent crimes per 1,000 people

That number is high and reflects the numerous incidents of foul play, robberies, and assault cases reported in the city. Evidently, even with Walter White dead, Albuquerque is holding up its real-life notorious reputation for crime. According to U.S. News & World Report, Albuquerque ranks as the second-most dangerous place in the entire country.

Independence, Kansas

Independence, Kansas
  • Independence is easily one of the most dangerous cities in Kansas (and by a wide margin). 
  • Kansas has around a violent crime rate of four crimes per 1,000 residents.
  • 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 two people who were unalived and 10 assaults in 2020... No matter how bad property crimes get, violent crime is scarier by a landslide. 

Rapid City, South Dakota

Rapid City, South Dakota
  • Rapid City is the most dangerous city in South Dakota, and we’re going to tell you why.
  • There are nine 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 crimes like 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 over 500 cases of assaults and 104 robberies that occurred over the course of 2020 because violent crimes are what truly show just how dangerous these cities can get. 

Cleveland, Mississippi

Cleveland, Mississippi
  • 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 two incidents of foul play and 79 assaults 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 after 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. 

Elko, Nevada

Elko, Nevada
  • 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 five incidents of foul play, 18 robberies, and 77 assaults. The biggest concern is the number of burglaries and thefts, which were 126 and 401, respectively.

Davenport, Iowa

Davenport, 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.
  • Davenport, however, isn’t so safe.
  • With one of the highest rates of violent crime in the state, just imagine how atrocious the overall crime rate is!

With just a population of 101,643, there were 701 violent crimes and 3,501 property crimes. In 2023, violent crimes are at around 6.90 per every 1,000 residents, which is a fair, high probability. Foul play isn't a big problem in the area... Perhaps it's better to have a nice thief than a serial unaliver in your city? On second thought, none of the above, please! 

Omaha, Nebraska

Omaha, Nebraska
  • 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 six 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 incidents of foul play in 2020, although that number is expected to drop in future years, according to Omaha World-Herald. Other violent crimes include over 2,000 assaults of every variety. We really don't want to visit this place now!

Pueblo, Colorado

Pueblo, Colorado
  • 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 – Pueblo.
  • Pueblo has a measly population of 113,287 and a remarkable number of reports, both violent and non-violent.

                   What's going on here? 

There were an astonishing 1,813 violent crimes in 2022, along with 7,118 reports of property crime. Violent crimes break down to about 16 for every 1,000 residents. Substance abuse issues are believed to be one of the biggest factors for its high crime rate. Sometimes small towns are kind and cozy, while others are straight-up crime scenes. 

Hartford, Connecticut

Hartford, Connecticut
  • Overall, Connecticut is a pretty safe state.
  • However, there’s still a city we have 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 assaults, 281 robberies, and almost 900 aggravated assaults in just one year!

Tempe, Arizona

Tempe, Arizona
  • Tempe's violent crime rate is the highest of any city in the state.
  • Violent crime is a huge problem in the city.
  • These problems are reflected by FBI statistics.
  • The reports show that there are nearly six violent crimes on average for every 1,000 people.
  • It gets even worse when you look at property crimes. 

As far as violent crimes, the city had 1,085 in 2022, which is pretty high for a population of 185,716. As we mentioned above, property crime is also a huge issue in the city, with over 7,993 cases in 2022. Previously, Tucson, Arizona, took the top spot as the most dangerous city in Arizona, but now it looks like Tempe is giving it a run for its money.

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Tulsa, Oklahoma
  • Oklahoma has three major cities with high violent crime rates.
  • The worst is Tulsa. No surprise here!
  • Tulsa is a massive city with over 415,000 people.
  • There were 3,751 violent crimes reported in 2022.

                  That is pure INSANITY! 

A big driving force for the high crime rate is their aggravated assaults, which there were 3,383 in 2020. 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. 

Portland, Oregon

Portland, Oregon
  • Oregon is a fairly safe state, and the cities reflect that.
  • Among them, Portland tops the list as the worst – if you could call it that.
  • In 2022, Portland actually rose through the ranks with its terrible crime rate.
  • There were nearly seven violent crimes per 1,000 people.

That amount is comparable to some other cities on the list, but it’s still nearly double that of the nation's violent crime rate. The city had a total of 4,382, which seems exceedingly high compared to some of the other cities on this list, but the city has around 646,396 residents as of 2022.  Property crimes amounted to 36,725 incidents in 2022. 

Bowling Green, Kentucky

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 four 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 73 robberies and 184 assaults. Don't even get us started on property crimes...

Opelousas, Louisiana

Opelousas, Louisiana
  • 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 streetwalking, 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, unalived, robbed or worse on any given day... Why do people still live here? 

Manchester, New Hampshire

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 incidents of foul play in the city, which is much lower than some other terrifying cities on this list.

Mobile, Alabama

Mobile, Alabama
  • Mobile is now the second most populous city in Alabama. 
  • There are an estimated 186,269 residents as of 2022.
  • In 2022, there were over 9,000 property and violent crimes altogether.
  • Around 11 violent crimes per every 1,000 residents.

Mobile has a fairly high violent crime rate for its population, with 11 out of every 1,000 residents being a victim of a violent crime. In 2022, 2,067 violent crimes occurred, while there were 6,842 property crimes in the city.  Both stats are fairly high and consistent with the worst areas of the country.

Honolulu, Hawaii

Honolulu, Hawaii
  • 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 two 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 with 10,021 crimes committed in 2020, most of which being theft.  

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis, Minnesota
  • 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 assault 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 six times more than the state’s violent crime rate and three times the national average. By the end of the year, there were 79 unalive cases and 363 assaults! Absolutely terrible. 

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Milwaukee has landed on the list of most dangerous cities for a while, and it returns to the list in 2023.
  • From violent crimes to property damage and larceny, Milwaukee residents have about a 4 in 100 chance of being a victim in the city.
  • Those are pretty terrible odds for a place with 573,020.

However, Milwaukee's biggest concern is property crime. In 2022, there were 15,446 property 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! Violent crimes account for 11.51 for every 1,000 residents.

Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore, Maryland

Would you guess that Maryland is one of the most dangerous states in the nation?

  • Baltimore is especially bad. The city has 583,588 residents.
  • There were 7,041 violent crimes in 2022.
  • Not only is that number worrying on its own, but that’s a crime rate of 12 per 1,000 people.

Property crimes were a huge concern as well, with 16,542 property crime cases in 2022. Considering the large number of crimes in the city, it may be safe to say that not much has changed since the times of The Wire. The city still has a lot of cleaning up to do and a lot of work to be done to keep crime down.

Kansas City, Missouri

Kansas City, Missouri
  • Kansas City 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 7,365 violent crimes in the city over the course of 2022 alone.
  • With the second-highest untimely demise 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. There are around 7,414 violent crimes annually, according to Neighborhood Scout. Property crimes account for about 21,708 crimes annually. In 2022, the crime rate was at about 23,485, making the year one of the worst years for crime in the city's history.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Indianapolis is the first city most people point to as the most dangerous in the state of Indiana.
  • The city has a violent crime rate of 10 for every 1,000 residents.
  • Indianapolis had 9,109 violent crimes in 2022.
  • The city has a population of 888,610, as of 2022.

Indianapolis is the most populous city in the state of Indiana, so it's not too much of a surprise that the rest of the state fares better, especially when much of it is nothing but countryside.  That being said, property crimes are also a significant problem. In 2022, there were  29,932 property crimes in Indianapolis. 

Springfield, Massachusetts

Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Springfield has around 171,000 people, and there’s quite a bit of crime there for such a smaller city. 
  • Many people believe that it’s because the poverty rate in the city is 32%.
  • This is much higher than the state average of 10.4%.
  • When the city doesn't take care of its residents, all hell breaks loose.

There are approximately eight violent crimes per 1,000 people, making it over three times more dangerous than the rest of Massachusetts. More specifically, there were 1,334 violent crimes and 3,664 property crimes. Isn't there anywhere we can go that isn't filled with terrible people? Guess not. Canada, perhaps. 

Tacoma, Washington

Tacoma, Washington
  • Washington’s crime rate is relatively low.
  • Tacoma has a big impact on why it isn’t rated better.
  • The city has around 16 violent crimes per 1,000 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. In 2022,  residents faced 3,488 violent crimes and 18,500 property crimes.  For a city with only 221,112, as of 2022, these are some significant numbers, making Tacoma rank among one of the most dangerous cities in the country. 

Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis, Tennessee
  • Tennessee is one of the most dangerous states in the whole country.
  • In 2020, there were 289 murders, which was 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. On top of their atrocious 37,074 property crimes, Memphis had 13,091 violent crimes in 2022. If that's not reason enough to move out, we don't know what is. Oh, wait, it gets worse! Memphis has been named THE most dangerous place in America by numerous sources.

Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk, Virginia
  • Virginia’s crime rate is just 227 out of 100,000 people, which is pretty low.
  • Norfolk can’t say the same thing.
  • With a violent crime rate of six per every 1,000 residents of the city, that ratio is shocking!
  • Norfolk has a population of 236,732, as of 2022.

1,636 Violent Crimes in 2022

Over twelve months in 2022, there were a shocking 1,643 violent crimes. As for property crimes, it's considerably higher in Norfolk compared to both the statewide average and national median. In 2022, there were 11,250 property crimes that affected the city's 236K+ population. Norfolk is the third-most populous city in Virginia.

Asbury Park, New Jersey

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. Watch out for Tony Soprano.

Detroit, Michigan

Detroit, Michigan
  • Detroit is notorious for being a crime-ridden city.
  • Detroit's 20 out of every 1,000 resident violent crime rate is the second-highest in the country.
  • The population of 635,276 is slightly higher than Memphis.
  • Detroit Michigan is also terrible in terms of property crime.

There were 25,005 reported cases of property crime in 2022. Plus, the area isn't innocent of other — much more troubling — crimes. From soaring assault cases to a slew of other violent crimes, take some time to consider if traveling to Detroit on business is even worth it... 

South Fulton, Georgia

South Fulton, Georgia
  • South Fulton is a city that’s located to the south of Atlanta, located in the Atlanta metropolitan area.
  • 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 South Fulton is even worse.
  • The population of this city is 109,433 as of 2022, and the crime rate is abysmal!  

The crime rate is abysmal! 

South Fulton experienced 2,861 property crimes in 2022, but violent crimes were a huge problem as well.  There were 1,147 violent crimes, which means around 10 out of every 1,000 was a victim of a violent crime. 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. 

Rockford, Illinois

Rockford, Illinois
  • 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 six 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?

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Pennsylvania's most dangerous city isn't as obvious as it seems.
  • The city of Philly has a population of 1,586,989 as of 2022.
  • Philadelphia was chosen because the property crime rate is so much higher than most.
  • There were 65,820 property crimes in the year 2022.

In Philly, there were 15,668 violent crimes, which is significant even when you figure in the 1.5 million people in the city. Most of these have not been broken down for 2023, but we do have data from recent years. Generally, the chances of being a victim of a violent crime in Philadelphia are 1 in 123 versus 1 in 296 for the entire state of Pennsylvania. 

Buffalo, New York

Buffalo, New York
  • Buffalo is the second-largest city in New York.
  • It has the highest crime rate of any city or town in the state.
  • In 2022, there were 2,017 violent crimes, which is about seven violent cases per 1,000 residents.
  • Buffalo has a population of 276,220 residents, lower than in 2020.

There were 8,779 property crimes in the city within just one year. We know 2022 was a tough time, but it was bad for all of us, and is no excuse for stealing! Violent crime is also high compared to most other cities on the list.  Get it together Buffalo!

Houston, Texas

Houston, Texas
  • Beaumont has historically been one of the worst cities, but Houston beat it for this list.
  • There were 25,697 violent crimes, meaning there were 11.14 violent crimes per 1,000 people.
  • The population of Texas is 2,305,709.
  • Houston is the most populous city in the state of Texas.

Sadly, there were a whopping 102,908 victims of property crimes in Houston in 2022, which means violent crime isn't the only crime to worry about - even if it's the bigger concern. 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. 

Stockton, California

Stockton, California
  • California has hundreds of cities, and Stockton (population 324,962) 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, there were 3,721 violent crimes in 2022.

If that doesn't scare you, we don't know what would. 

Stockton has a property crime rate of 8,789, which is fairly high, but when you think about the fact that there are 11.45 violent crime incidents per every 1,000 residents, getting robbed is probably the least of your worries. Previously, Oakland was at the top of California's most dangerous cities, but it looks like Stockton took its spot - not that it should be proud.