You not only have to worry about killer snakes, killer cacti, and killer heat in Arizona, you now have to worry about its dangerous cities.
Lucky for you, we have the top ten most dangerous cities in Arizona broken down for you. Why did we produce this list? Well, we’re trying to help one navigate these dangerous cities when trying to make an informed decision on what city they should call home. To compile our list, we looked at violent crimes and property crimes in cities with a population of 5,000. That left us with 48 cities.
Let’s be real, we’re not talking about snowbird drivers driving too slow kind of danger. The type of danger we’re talking about gets people on the news. Folks, the cities that made our list have robberies happening in broad daylight, car jackings, and daily shootings. There are neighborhoods in these cities that you shouldn’t drive thru, ever, and there are areas that you definitely shouldn’t be in after dark. We’re not saying that there aren’t little pockets of goodness in these cities. There are neighborhoods and shopping centers in these Arizona cities like Phoenix and Mesa that are not ALL bad. We do, however, recommend that you spend some time studying them before you make a move.
It’s not entirely Arizona’s fault. They are the 14th largest state in terms of population. As with most situations, there’s bound to be problems with that many people. And it wouldn’t be fair if we didn’t mention that there are good people and organizations in these cities trying to make a difference. To see where these Arizona cities with more issues than a magazine are located, take a look below at our most dangerous cities in The Grand Canyon State for 2020.
What are the circumstances that make these Arizona cities this way? Maybe not enough jobs, low wages, drugs, gangs; and in Arizona’s case, higher than normal temps making people act crazy?
We’re not entirely sure. But one thing we are sure about is the number one most dangerous city in Arizona for 2020 is Globe.
The Arizona cities on our most dangerous list could definitely use some some good luck. So, if you’re looking to take a gamble, or you’re just curious to see if your city made the list, take a look at our list below. And if you don’t see your city there, head to the bottom.
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Located in south-central Arizona, Globe was founded as a mining camp. Today it’s the most dangerous city in the state.
Unlike other cities on the list, Globe has seen a recent boom in crime, with violent crime going up from 2017-2018, and property crime also going up.
Watch your wallet in Globe, because there’s a 1 in 13.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime while you’re there.
While Tolleson’s motto is “honoring our past, positioning our future,” its 2nd place spot on this list puts a grim cloud over its future prospects.
It’s 1st in property crime, with residents facing a 1 in 10.9 chance.
The good news for the city’s future is that violent crime has fallen in recent years.
Page’s motto is “the center of Canyon County,” but the city is also the center of the 3rd highest danger level in Arizona.
To give you an idea just how much more dangerous South Tucson is than anywhere else, though, consider that Page, as the 3rd most dangerous, has a 3 times lower rate of violent crime and half the rate of property crime.
While that still leaves a 1 in 95 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, the encouraging news is that this rate has fallen by 44% from 2017-2018, and property crime also fell some in the same time period.
Also located in Navajo County, Winslow has the honor of being a city referenced in the Eagles song “Take it Easy.”
Unfortunately, it’s also the 6th most dangerous city in Arizona, with residents 1 in 98 odds of being the victim of a violent crime.
The good news is that violent crime has been dropping steadily, and property crime is down 33% in the last 2 year period that data is available.
Tucson’s 5th place ranking on this list isn’t much of a surprise — it’s the 2nd biggest city in Arizona.
Tucson ranked 4th for property crime, 2018’s numbers reflect a 1 in 20.2 chance of being the victim of one.
Tucson’s slowly falling violent crime statistics are much worse than the state average coming in at 5th place.
Tempe is the 6th most dangerous city in Arizona.
From 2017-2018, violent crime went up by 25%, leaving residents with about a 1 in 206 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.
Located in Navajo County, Show Low’s unusual name is the result of a marathon poker game with no less than 100,000 acres at stake.
It has the 5th place position on this list, and 3rd worst violent crime statistics in the state.
And the 1 in 85 chance of being the victim of a violent crime isn’t getting any better — from 2017-2018, the amount of violent crime rose by 35%.
Phoenix isn’t the worst in state in terms of either violent or property crime statistics, but bad rankings in each earn it the title of the 8th most dangerous city in the Grand Canyon State.
The good news is that instances of property crime dropped between 2017-2018, but the bad news is that violent crime rose in the same time period.
That left Phoenix residents with a 1 in 136 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018, making the city the 6th most violent place in Arizona.
Glendale is only 9 miles northwest of downtown Phoenix, making it the closest city on this list to Arizona’s capital.
While there’s still a 1 in 24.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Glendale, their crime statistics in both categories have been falling steadily.
Kingman experienced a rise in violent crime between 2017-2018.
Still, the 1 in 251 chance Kingman residents faced of being the victim of violence in 2018 is still lower than other places in the state.
Meanwhile, you have a 1 in 25.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime, making Kingman the 8th worst city in Arizona with regards to theft and arson.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Arizona 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 Arizona cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 48 cities in Arizona.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 48 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 Arizona — Globe. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Arizona.
Locking It All Up In Arizona
The latest FBI crime data shows that Globe ranks as the most dangerous city in Arizona for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Globe 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 Arizona:
- Gilbert (Pop. 247,463)
- Thatcher (Pop. 5,048)
- Paradise Valley (Pop. 14,519)
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