10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alaska


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Last Frontier for 2019.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Alaska and is updated for 2019.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Alaska?

We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.

No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Alaska — and anyone looking to move to Alaska — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Alaska for 2019:

  1. Kotzebue (Photos)
  2. Anchorage (Photos)
  3. Juneau (Photos)
  4. Kenai (Photos)
  5. Soldotna (Photos)
  6. Dillingham (Photos)
  7. Fairbanks (Photos)
  8. Wasilla (Photos)
  9. Kodiak (Photos)
  10. Ketchikan (Photos)

So what is the most dangerous city in Alaska? After analyzing 24 cities in Alaska, Kotzebue takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Alaska based on the most recent FBI data.

For a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.

Or learn more about the safest places in Alaska.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

For more Alaska reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Alaska

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Alaska For 2019

Kotzebue, AK

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,251
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3,721 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,475 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Kotzebue:  Data | Photos

Known as the Gateway to the Arctic, Kotzebue is also the gateway to the most serious crime center in the most crime ridden state in the country.

As the most violent city in Alaska, residents of Kotzebue face a whopping 1 in 26 chance of being the victim of a violent crime — more than 4 times more likely than the state average.

The property crime statistics aren’t encouraging either, with a 1 in 18.3 chance of incident for Kotzebue residents.

Anchorage, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 296,188
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,203 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,415 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Anchorage:  Data | Photos

By far the largest city in Alaska, Anchorage contains 40% of the state’s population — a number only topped by New York City.

And while it’s been an All-America City winner 4 times, Anchorage is also the 2nd most dangerous city in Alaska.

There’s a 1 in 83 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Anchorage, and property crime has seen a rise from 2015-17.

Review Of Anchorage by HomeSnacks User

It’s known place for its diverse terrain of open spaces, mountains and forests, with abundant wildlife and many small towns. Its a destination for outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking and kayaking. I had a great experience at there.

Very good experience.

Juneau, AK

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 32,344
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 936 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,203 (4th most dangerous)
More on Juneau:  Data | Photos

Juneau is the capital of Alaska, and is also the second largest city in the US by area (largest is Sitka, Alaska, which happens to be one of the safest places in Alaska).

The good news for Juneau residents and tourists alike is the both violent and property crime are down in recent years.

Review Of Juneau by HomeSnacks User

Going to Juneau and not seeing the Mendenhall is like visiting Rome and skipping the Colosseum. The most famous of Juneaus ice floes, and the citys most popular attraction, flows 13 miles from its source, the Juneau Icefield, and has a half-mile-wide face. It ends at Mendenhall Lake, the reason for all the icebergs.

Mendenhall Glacier welcomes more than 400,000 visitors each year, and it’s easy to see why: aside from its stunning arctic beauty, the glacier is only 12 miles outside Juneau and it’s the only glacier in Southeast Alaska accessible by road. When you’re not gazing at the icebergs, the Coast Mountains will likely grab your attention. Upon arrival, your first stop should be at the visitors center, where you can watch a 15-minute film describing the changing landscape, talk with forest rangers and relax in the warmth of the glacier observation area. You can also pick up a map detailing the various hiking paths around the glacier.

Kenai, AK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,852
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 445 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,616 (1st most dangerous)
More on Kenai:  Data | Photos

Kenai’s motto is “Village with a Past — City with a Future,” which makes sense for a city that’s seen its population increase by 1000% since 1960.

But population isn’t the only thing going up in Kenai — Violent crime is up in recent years, and property crime is also on the way up.

It may not be the most dangerous on the list, but, in Alaska, that’s not saying much.

Soldotna, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,693
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 703 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,964 (5th most dangerous)
More on Soldotna:  Data | Photos

Soldotna is located along the Kenai river, which CNN has named in the top 15 rivers for travelers.

It’s also home to pretty bad crime, but the good news is that property crime fell over the last 2 years for which data is available.

Violent crime has remained pretty consistent, but by Alaskan standards, the 1 in 142 chance is fairly good.

Dillingham, AK

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,369
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,646 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,532 (14th most dangerous)
More on Dillingham:  Data | Photos

You have a 1 in 39.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Dillingham and a 1 in 60 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

Fairbanks, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 32,937
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 622 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,532 (7th most dangerous)
More on Fairbanks:  Data | Photos

The largest city in the interior of Alaska, Fairbanks, is nicknamed “the Golden Heart City” — it’s also quite dangerous.

Violent crime has seen a moderate rise in recent years, while property crime statistics have remained consistent at a 1 in 26 chance.

Wasilla, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,093
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 535 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,597 (6th most dangerous)
More on Wasilla:  Data | Photos

Located in south central Alaska, Wasilla has the distinct honor of being city where Sarah Palin was once the mayor.

The property crime numbers for Wasilla are the worst in the whole state, with the numbers rising recently.

Current numbers show a very likely 1 in 21.8 chance of being burnt by property crime, although violent crime in Wasilla is below the state average.

Kodiak, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,198
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 968 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,404 (11th most dangerous)
More on Kodiak:  Data | Photos

Kodiak was once the capital of Russian Alaska, but now it’s known as “Alaska’s Emerald Isle.”

Kodiak is also the 9th most violent city in the most violent state in the country, with residents facing a 1 in 103 chance of being the victim of violence.

This number has gone down recently, but property crime has been on the rise, with the most recent numbers showing a 1 in 29.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Ketchikan, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,230
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 413 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,143 (8th most dangerous)
More on Ketchikan:  Data | Photos

Ketchikan has been on the rankings the past couple of years and now finds itself as the 10th most dangerous city in Alaska. Ketchikan’s ranking for violent crime and property were 13th and 8th, respectively. Overall, like every other city in our top 10, it scored an F when it comes to crime.

Review Of Ketchikan by HomeSnacks User

Ketchikan gets a lot of rain – 300 days per year, but it’s a great little tourist town. There are many nice shops and great ocean views.

Totem pole park was really neat and full of history!

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Alaska for 2019?

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the JUST released 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

In order to make the analysis as apples to apples as possible, we only considered cities over 2,000 in population. That left us with 24 cities in Alaska.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 24 for the two criteria with a #1 ranking being the most dangerous for the particular criteria.

Next, we averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in Alaska — Kotzebue.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Alaska.

Locking It All Up In Alaska

The latest FBI crime data shows that Kotzebue ranks as the most dangerous city in Alaska for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Kotzebue and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Alaska:

  1. Unalaska (Pop. 4,449)
  2. Haines (Pop. 2,472)
  3. Cordova (Pop. 2,199)

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Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Alaska?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Kotzebue 3,251 3,721 5,475
2 Anchorage 296,188 1,203 5,415
3 Juneau 32,344 936 5,203
4 Kenai 7,852 445 5,616
5 Soldotna 4,693 703 4,964
6 Dillingham 2,369 1,646 2,532
7 Fairbanks 32,937 622 4,532
8 Wasilla 10,093 535 4,597
9 Kodiak 6,198 968 3,404
10 Ketchikan 8,230 413 4,143

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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5 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alaska

  1. Wonder if the true statistics were used. All the crime that happens in Northwest Alaska is taken care of by the State of Alaska who’s court system is in Kotzebue for an area the size of Indiana.

  2. I’m confused. Some of these were also listed in the Top 10 safest cities to live in. How can Anchorage be both the 5th safest and the 5th most dangerous? Same with Kenai. Kenai is the 10th most dangerous and the 10th most safest. Kodiak was also number 2 on both lists. Something isn’t right about these lists . . .

  3. Whoever makes this list is retarded. Alaska is not even close to the the most crime ridden state in the US. I want to cry at how stupid you are. Have you heard of Florida, Texas, NY, or California.

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