“Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Colorado?
We all watch the news and see the Facebook feeds come across of the latest crimes that are happening in our home towns. While a major crime just blocks away from your house can make you feel really uneasy, in the big picture, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.
Thinking of Colorado conjures up images of intense snowy mountains and peaceful forests. Danger isn’t something people think of when they consider Colorado, except maybe in a skiing accident. And while Colorado may be one of the safer states, it still has some cities where you’ve gotta watch your back.
Instead of relying on speculation, we dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the most dangerous places in Colorado.
The result is the following list of top ten most dangerous Colorado cities for 2019:
- Glendale (Photos)
- Sheridan (Photos)
- Pueblo (Photos)
- Lakewood (Photos)
- Alamosa (Photos)
- La Junta (Photos)
- Grand Junction (Photos)
- Federal Heights (Photos)
- Denver (Photos)
- Trinidad (Photos)
After analyzing 68 cities in Colorado, why did Glendale take the top spot?
For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.
Or learn more about the safest places in Colorado.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Colorado
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Colorado 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 5,000 in population. That left us with 68 cities in Colorado.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 68 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 Colorado — Glendale.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Colorado.
Glendale ranks as the 1st most dangerous city in Colorado according to 2017’s data.
While there’s still a 1 in 6.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Glendale, their crime statistics in both categories have been falling steadily over recent years.
Sheridan is located 8 miles south of Denver, making Denver something of the locus of crime in Colorado.
The good news for Sheridan is that violent crime fell a whopping 63% between 2015-17.
The bad news is that it’s still one of the worst place in the state as far as property crime is considered, with an insanely high 1 in 11.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.
Coming in 3rd place for the most dangerous city in Colorado is Pueblo, a city 110 miles south of Denver.
And while Pueblo might be called “a city of excellence,” they certainly excel in crime; residents face a 1 in 95 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 16.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime.
These numbers aren’t getting better either, with property crime up 28% and violent crime up 18% in the last 2 year reporting period data.
Just 7 miles west of Denver, Lakewood is the 5th most populous city in Colorado, and the 4th most dangerous.
Property crime is slightly less common in Lakewood , with the chance being slightly under 1 in 20.6 in 2017.
However, this number has gone up 10% in recent years though, so it may soon surpass higher ranking cities on this list.
Alamosa has issues with a recent increase in crime.
That means residents of Alamosa had a 1 in 217 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 13.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime.
La Junta ranks as the 6th most dangerous city in Colorado.
That’s due to it ranking 12th in violent crimes and 7th in property crimes. Residents had about a 1 in 17.1 chance of being a victim of a property crime.
Located along the Colorado River and the Book Cliffs in the western part of the state, Grand Junction is the 7th most dangerous city in Colorado.
Nicknamed “Colorado’s Wine Country,” Grand Junction is also crime country, with residents facing a 4% chance of being the victim of a property crime each year.
The trend is neither negative nor positive in Grand Junction, as both violent and property crimes have remained stagnant over the last few years.
The motto in Federal Heights is “rising to great heights,” and when it comes to crime, the city certainly does rise to the occasion.
The population in Federal Heights has increased by a factor of almost 30 since 1960, and with that came a rise in crime.
From 2011, property crime went up nearly 20%, while violent crime remained roughly the same, with residents facing a 1 in 216 chance of being the victim of violence.
Denver is the 4th most violent city in Colorado , with residents facing a 1 in 148 chance of being the victim of violence (that’s 33% higher than in Los Angeles, for reference).
The Mile-High City has seen both types of crime increase in moderate amounts over the last few years data is available for, and yet the Pew Research Center has found it to be the most popular American city (based on where people want to live).
Trinidad is another city that represents its county as one of the most dangerous places in Colorado.
Coming in at 10th on our list, Trinidad mixes (relatively) middle of the pack violent crime and property crime without (relatively) excelling in either one.
We say relative because while its crime rates are middle of the pack for the top ten, they are still high for Colorado as a whole.
Locking It All Up In Colorado
The latest FBI crime data shows that Glendale ranks as the most dangerous city in Colorado for 2019.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Glendale 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 Colorado:
- Frederick (Pop. 12,850)
- Lamar (Pop. 7,468)
- Cherry Hills Village (Pop. 6,685)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado
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