10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alaska For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Last Frontier for 2020.

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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 2020.

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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 2020 so people are well informed before making any life changing decisions.

How’d we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 24 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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Alaska for 2020:

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

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 2020? That would be, Kotzebue.

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:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Alaska

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Alaska For 2020

Kotzebue, AK

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 3,273
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3,238 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,277 (8th 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 30 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 23.4 chance of incident for Kotzebue residents.

Kenai, AK

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,888
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 786 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,112 (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.

Anchorage, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 291,992
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,309 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,927 (4th 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 3rd most dangerous city in Alaska.

There’s a 1 in 76 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Anchorage, and property crime has seen a rise from 2017-2018.

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: 31,922
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 827 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,855 (5th 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

the weather is very cold, and the winds are fast, it’s hard to be there

It was pleasant, although the weather is very cold.

Wasilla, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 10,522
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 579 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,053 (2nd 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 16.5 chance of being burnt by property crime, although violent crime in Wasilla is below the state average.

Kodiak, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,995
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 800 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,320 (6th 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 6th most violent city in the most violent state in the country, with residents facing a 1 in 124 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 23.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Fairbanks, AK

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 31,635
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 610 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,280 (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.

Ketchikan, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,300
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 301 (17th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,939 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Ketchikan:  Data | Photos

Ketchikan comes in 8th on our list for the most dangerous places in Alaska.

Residents of Ketchikan have a 1 in 19.1 chance of being the victim of a crime. For reference, the most dangerous place in the country has about a 1 in 5 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Ketchikan ranks as the 3rd highest city for property crime per capita which contributes to its high chance of 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!

Dillingham, AK

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 2,365
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,353 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,860 (16th most dangerous)
More on Dillingham:  Data | Photos

In this case, Dillingham finished as the 9th most dangerous place in the Last Frontier.

Violent crime is an issue as the city ranks 5th overall for violent crime, while also ranking 16th for property crime.

Nome, AK

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 3,874
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,658 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 955 (19th most dangerous)
More on Nome:  Data | Photos

Nome is the least populated city on this list, as well as the least violent.

Residents of Nome faced a 1 in 104.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2018.

Nome has been improving a lot lately too, with reductions in both violent and property crime between 2017-2018.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Alaska for 2020?

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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.

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 2020.

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. Cordova (Pop. 2,179)
  2. Wrangell (Pop. 2,521)
  3. Haines (Pop. 2,508)

For more Alaska reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Alaska?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Kotzebue 3,273 3,238 4,277
2 Kenai 7,888 786 7,112
3 Anchorage 291,992 1,309 4,927
4 Juneau 31,922 827 4,855
5 Wasilla 10,522 579 6,053
6 Kodiak 5,995 800 4,320
7 Fairbanks 31,635 610 4,280
8 Ketchikan 8,300 301 4,939
9 Dillingham 2,365 1,353 1,860
10 Nome 3,874 2,658 955

About Chris Kolmar

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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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6 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alaska For 2020

  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.

  4. I’d really like to know what it is about Kotzebue that is so dangerous? I’m actually looking into transferring there with a job. At this point looking at rentals and where to rent in Kotzebue, anyone have any suggestions?

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