The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alaska For 2022


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Last Frontier for 2022.

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Grizzly bears, crazy hunters, and boatloads of snow and ice are just a few of the dangerous things that Alaskans have to deal with on a regular basis; unfortunately, however, not the most dangerous.

That's right folks, the people who live in Alaska's most dangerous places know danger. They are after all the second most dangerous state in the country. So, RoadSnacks thought it would be a good idea to produce a list of the most dangerous places in Alaska for 2022 so people are well informed before making any life changing decisions.

How'd we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 23 cities. We looked at important factors like violent crime and property crime for every place with over 2,000 residents.

We discovered that although the state has 50 law enforcement agencies employing close to 1,300 police officers, they just can't be everywhere. So, bigger cities like Anchorage and Juneau are starting to feel the effects.

We're not talking riding your snowmobile illegally through Badger or camping out of bounds in Tanaina people, we're talking about the stuff that gets you put in jail. So, whether you're looking to move to Alaska or already live in Alaska and just need a new change of pace, we suggest you take a look at this list. There may be some that surprise you.

Want to know what places in The Last Frontier made Santa's naughty list? Read on.

The Most Dangerous Cities In Alaska For 2022

  1. Anchorage
  2. Fairbanks
  3. Wasilla
  4. Juneau
  5. Nome
  6. North Pole
  7. Ketchikan
  8. Bethel
  9. Dillingham
  10. Seward

Sadly, this is not a list that any city in any state wants to make. You probably won't see a sign entering the most dangerous place in a state that reads "Number one Most Dangerous City in Alaska": it's not something to brag about, but it's something that people need to know.

So, what's the most dangerous city in Alaska for 2022? That would be, Anchorage.

Take a look at the list below to see the rest of Alaska's most dangerous places.

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:

The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Alaska For 2022

As one of the largest cities in Alaska featured on our list of the most dangerous places, Anchorage has a population of more than 286,388, which puts it in 1st in terms of size. It is first in terms of dangerous cities in the state.

Specifically, Anchorage is known for its high levels of violent crimes, aggravated assaults, and property crimes. In 2020, there were 3,472 violent crimes, 2,338 aggravated assaults, and 9,872 property crimes reports in the city. Anchorage also ranks 2nd for the number of burglaries it reported in the same year.

Anchorage is known for its stunning glaciers and wildlife, as well as its residential community of artists and musicians.

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 286,388
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,212 (Fourth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,447 (Second most dangerous)
More on Anchorage:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Anchorage, AK

While Fairbanks, Alaska might rank 3rd in population, it ranks second highest in total crime for 2022. Its thriving downtown community with lots of entertainment cannot make up for the fact that Fairbanks ranks highest in Alaska for property crime.

Unlike other more remote cities in Alaska, Fairbanks receives a large amount of tourism throughout the year. It is one of the best places to watch the northern lights during the Aurora season and has the summer sun 24 hours a day throughout the summer. It is also home to the University of Alaska Fairbanks, which houses a large number of college students. These factors contribute to the large amount of property crime the area experiences given its year round population.

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 30,832
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 843 (Seventh most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,138 (Most dangerous)
More on Fairbanks:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Fairbanks, AK

Located on the northern part of Cook Inlet, Wasilla is one of the largest cities in the state of Alaska. It ranks 4th in population with 11,228 residents. It is easily one of the more dangerous cities in Alaska.

Specifically, Wasilla has a problem with property crimes and burglaries. It ranks 10th for burglaries and third highest in property crimes in 2020. It might not be the best place to move your family to.

Unrelated to its status as a dangerous city, Wasilla is the headquartered for the famous Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. It is also known for being the home of Sarah Palin.

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 11,228
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 694 (Eighth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,037 (Third most dangerous)
More on Wasilla:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Wasilla, AK

Juneau, the state capital, is also one of the most dangers in Alaska based on the most recently release of FBI crime data. Unfortunately, this is not the first time this city has appeared on our list -- it has made it every year since we started ranking cities in 2015.

While it's very hard to exit or enter the city, the people that do live there seem to steal and cheat each other a little more than you'd like in the Last Frontier state. Burglary is the main problem as the city ranks third highest for burglaries this year.

And while Juneau is relatively dangerous for the state, you should worry more about being safe on the gorgeous glacier adventures you can experience around the city.

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 31,925
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 927 (Sixth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,963 (Fifth most dangerous)
More on Juneau:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Juneau, AK

Are you into dog sledding? Like, really into dog sledding? Like, bore your friends at every party discussing the intricacies of harnesses and brushbow maintenance?

Well, then Nome might be the place for you. The town represents the finish line for the iconic Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, which begins in Anchorage, more than 900 miles away.

However, if you come for the Iditarod, better stay alert. Nome can get rowdy. The town reported 164 violent crimes last year in a town of just 3,900 people. At that rate, you're more likely to get bitten by a Nome resident than by one of the sled dogs. In fact, the city ranks number 1 in Alaska in terms of the per-capita pace of violent crimes.

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 3,900
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 4,205 (Most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,846 (11th most dangerous)
More on Nome:  | Crime Report

Nome, AK

The North Pole has a bit of a reputation for being the reputed home of Santa Claus. However, North Pole, Alaska actually does not have much to do with the mythical place or the city in the center of the Arctic Circle. Rather, it is a town of 2,090 people living in central Alaska.

North Pole, Alaska is more dangerous for your stuff than it is for your physical body. For 2022, it ranks 4th for burglary and sixth highest for property crimes.

It is located just outside of Fairbanks, Alaska, another one of the cities recognized in this year's list of the most dangerous cities in Alaska.

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 2,090
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 669 (Tenth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,679 (Sixth most dangerous)
More on North Pole:  | Crime Report

North Pole, AK

Ketchikan, Alaska is sometimes referred to the Salmon Capital of the World. With 8,307 residents, it is one of the more populous cities in the state. While Ketchikan might be relatively safe from violent crimes, the same cannot be written about its rates of property crimes.

Ketchikan ranks fourth highest for property crimes and sixth highest in overall crime. There is a 3,454/100k people rate for per capita crime in the city, as measured in 2020. This means that you are relatively likely to experience a property crime if you live here, compared to living in other communities in Alaska.

It is located on the west coast of Revillagigedo Island. It is historically a large fishing community.

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,307
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 445 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,009 (Fourth most dangerous)
More on Ketchikan:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Ketchikan, AK

This is Alaska. Your definition of "city" needs recalibration. Yes, Bethel only has 6,642 people. Yes, it sits near the Yukon Delta National Wildlife Refuge, in one of the great untamed wildernesses in the country. Yet, with all this, Bethel still counts as the biggest city in western Alaska.

Guess that's where the big-city crime rate comes from. This lawless streak lands Bethel at number 8 on the list of most dangerous spots in Alaska.

Let's just look at one example. For its size, Bethel suffers a scary number of sexual assaults, with 43 rapes last year. That's the number 2 worst rate in the state.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 6,642
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,400 (Second most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,068 (16th most dangerous)
More on Bethel:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Bethel, AK

Source: Public domain

Dillingham is also known as Curyung. It is located in southwestern Alaska near the Nushagak Bay. It remains near the largest salmon fishery in the world.

Despite its remote location that you can only reach by air or boat, Dillingham faces its fair share of challenges with local crime rates. In 2020, it ranks 16th in murder. If that wasn't enough, the city ranked fifth highest for violent crimes.

Many of the city's residents live near each other along the main Aleknagik Lake Road that goes to the business district, where jobs are more plentiful. It is not connected to other cities by a statewide road system.

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 2,364
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 930 (Fifth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,057 (17th most dangerous)
More on Dillingham:  | Crime Report

Dillingham, AK

Source: Public domain

When the U.S. bought Alaska back in 1867, they called it "Seward's folly," a dig at Secretary of State William Seward, who paid $7.2 million for the massive territory. Well, here's a city named after him. The main folly here? Leaving your car parked in a darkened alley at night.

In terms of violence, Seward is relatively tame. But better check your car alarm before you head to town. The city reported 8 car thefts last year, in an area with 2,806 residents. That gives it the number 10 highest pace of auto theft in the Last Frontier.

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,806
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 320 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,102 (Eighth most dangerous)
More on Seward:  | Crime Report

Seward, AK

Source: Public domain

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous cities in Alaska for 2022?

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 2020 data, specifically the 2020 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2022.

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 Alaska cities over 2,000 in population. That left us with 23 cities in Alaska.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 23 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 -- Anchorage. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.

Most Dangerous Places To Live In Alaska FAQs

Is Alaska a dangerous state?

Yes, Alaska is a dangerous state as it ranks as the #6 most dangerous state in the United States based on our analysis of the latest FBI Crime Data. The violent crime rate in alaska ranks highest in the United States -- 116.05% worse than US average violent crime rate. The property crime rate in the Last Frontier ranks 13th highest in the United States -- 15.44% worse than US average property crime rate. The latest reporting year from the FBI was 2020.

Is Anchorage, AK a dangerous city?

Yes, Anchorage is a dangerous city. Anchorage ranks as the #49 most dangerous out of 320 major cities over 100,000 people in the United States based on our analysis of the latest FBI Crime Data. Keep in mind that are always safe and dangerous parts of any city, so even though Anchorage might be considered dangerous you still need to be aware of where you are. For example, Bear Valley is the safest in Anchorage, while Mountain View is considered dangerous by many based on recent crime stats.

Compared to other big cities, the violent crime rate in Anchorage ranks 22nd highest in America -- 120.86% worse than US average violent crime rate. The property crime rate in the ranks 76th highest in the United States -- 29.8% worse than US average property crime rate. Note the latest reporting year from the FBI was 2020 and that no city in America is 'dangerous'. Despite the uptick in murders, it's nothing like you'd see in Tijuana or Caracas where the murder rate is 2x any American city.

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Alaska

Most Dangerous Cities In Alaska Graph

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Summary: Locking It All Up In Alaska

So what is the most dangerous city in Alaska? After analyzing 23 cities in Alaska, Anchorage takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Alaska based on the most recently reported FBI data -- 2020.

The latest FBI crime data shows that Anchorage ranks as the most dangerous city in Alaska for 2022.

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

Sadly, this is not a list that any city in any state wants to make. You probably won't see a sign entering the most dangerous place in a state that reads "Number one Most Dangerous City in Alaska": it's not something to brag about, but it's something that people need to know.

So, what's the most dangerous city in Alaska for 2022? That would be, Anchorage.

Take a look at the list below to see the rest of Alaska's most dangerous places.

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.

Here are the safest cities in Alaska:

  1. Kodiak (Pop. 5,778)
  2. Homer (Pop. 6,028)
  3. Soldotna (Pop. 4,782)
  4. Kotzebue (Pop. 3,249)
  5. Unalaska (Pop. 4,439)
  6. Palmer (Pop. 7,641)
  7. Haines (Pop. 2,524)
  8. Valdez (Pop. 3,841)
  9. Wrangell (Pop. 2,508)
  10. Cordova (Pop. 2,161)

For more Alaska reading, check out:

Crime By City In Alaska

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Anchorage 286,388 1,212 3,447
2 Fairbanks 30,832 843 4,138
3 Wasilla 11,228 694 3,037
4 Juneau 31,925 927 2,963
5 Nome 3,900 4,205 1,846
6 North Pole 2,090 669 2,679
7 Ketchikan 8,307 445 3,009
8 Bethel 6,642 1,400 1,068
9 Dillingham 2,364 930 1,057
10 Seward 2,806 320 2,102
11 Kenai 7,885 443 1,876
12 Petersburg 3,259 245 2,577
13 North Slope Borough 9,836 1,281 538
14 Kodiak 5,778 571 1,574
15 Homer 6,028 282 1,675
16 Soldotna 4,782 146 1,861
17 Kotzebue 3,249 677 184
18 Unalaska 4,439 202 1,216
19 Palmer 7,641 235 1,099
20 Haines 2,524 198 911
21 Valdez 3,841 182 937
22 Wrangell 2,508 79 478
23 Cordova 2,161 0 277

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our ninth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Alaska and is updated for 2022.

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.

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