These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Centennial State for 2018.

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

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 Colorado — and anyone looking to move to Colorado — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Centennial State:

  1. Glendale (Photos)
  2. Pueblo (Photos)
  3. Federal Heights (Photos)
  4. Lakewood (Photos)
  5. Trinidad (Photos)
  6. Grand Junction (Photos)
  7. Sheridan (Photos)
  8. Denver (Photos)
  9. Glenwood Springs (Photos)
  10. Wheat Ridge (Photos)

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.

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

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Colorado for 2018?

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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.

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 66 cities in Colorado.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 66 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.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado Graph

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

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1. Glendale

Glendale, Colorado

Population: 5,396
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 759
Property Crimes Per 100k: 14,065
It’s probably no surprise for most Coloradoer’s to see Glendale taking first place for most dangerous city in the state.

Glendale experienced a rise in violent crime between 2014-16, tempered by a drop in property crime, meaning that, overall, crime has stayed at about the same level over the years.

In 2016, folks in Glendale had a 1 in 131 chance of being murdered, raped, or assaulted, and a 1 in 7.1 chance of being robbed or the victim of arson.

2. Pueblo

Pueblo, Colorado

Population: 109,927
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 983
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,798
Coming in 2nd 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 101 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 14.7 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.

3. Federal Heights

Federal Heights, Colorado

Population: 12,563
Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 644
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,715
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 (still, that’s more than twice as safe as #1 Pueblo).

4. Lakewood

Lakewood, Colorado

Population: 154,553
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 566
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,470
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 18.3 in 2016.

However, this number has gone up 10% in recent years though, so it may soon surpass higher ranking cities on this list.

5. Trinidad

Trinidad, Colorado

Source: Public domain

Population: 7,990
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 400
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,132
Trinidad is the 5th most dangerous city in Colorado overall.

From 2015, the property crime rate dropped, which is good news for people who like knowing that their stuff is safe.

The bad news for people who like their safety, though, is that violent crime ranks 11th in Colorado.

6. Grand Junction

Grand Junction, Colorado

Population: 60,628
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 517
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,047
Located along the Colorado River and the Book Cliffs in the western part of the state, Grand Junction is the 6th 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.

7. Sheridan

Sheridan, Colorado

Population: 6,113
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 327
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,606
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 2014-16.

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 13.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.

8. Denver

Denver, Colorado

Population: 699,259
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 657
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,589
Denver is the 3rd most violent city in Colorado , with residents facing a 1 in 152 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).

9. Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs, Colorado

Population: 9,978
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 380
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,181
Coming in as the 9th most dangerous city in Colorado is Glenwood Springs, located in the west-central part of the state.

Glenwood Springs has a lot going for it; Outside Magazine named it the 5th best place to live, and it’s been called the most fun town in America by USA Today.

And with violent crime down 25% between 2014-16, and property crime down 20% in the same time, Glenwood Springs might not be on this list at all in a few years.

10. Wheat Ridge

Wheat Ridge, Colorado

Population: 31,389
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 350
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,746
Wheat Ridge is the smallest city to make this list, mostly due to the instances of violent crime increasing between 2014-16, leaving residents a 1 in 285 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.

Additionally, from 2014-16 property crime increased, but that fact has a lot less to do with Wheat Ridge’s spot on this list than the city’s violent crime rate.

Locking It All Up In Colorado

The latest FBI crime data shows that Glendale ranks as the most dangerous city in Colorado for 2018.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Glendale’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

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

  1. Milliken
  2. Erie
  3. Eaton

For more Colorado reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Colorado

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Glendale 1 1 5,396 759 14,065
Pueblo 2 2 109,927 983 6,798
Federal Heights 3 12,563 644 5,715
Lakewood 4 5 154,553 566 5,470
Trinidad 5 13 7,990 400 6,132
Grand Junction 6 9 60,628 517 5,047
Sheridan 7 3 6,113 327 7,606
Denver 8 6 699,259 657 3,589
Glenwood Springs 9 8 9,978 380 5,181
Wheat Ridge 10 14 31,389 350 4,746
Colorado Springs 11 11 464,113 495 3,560
Lone Tree 12 16 13,593 242 7,113
Greeley 13 19 102,491 456 3,195
Aurora 14 15 366,477 529 3,059
Brighton 15 18 38,363 372 3,461
Commerce City 16 17 55,341 435 3,192
Sterling 17 10 14,087 333 3,513
Northglenn 18 26 39,890 348 3,391
Thornton 19 136,451 349 3,157
Edgewater 20 4 5,330 187 6,247
Durango 21 25 18,248 235 3,934
Vail 22 7 5,496 200 5,149
Greenwood Village 23 12 16,024 212 3,831
Fountain 24 24 28,115 348 2,592
Westminster 25 27 114,514 234 3,496
Fort Morgan 26 11,313 318 2,678
Montrose 27 28 19,054 152 4,382
Gunnison 28 22 6,110 310 2,700
Boulder 29 32 109,189 236 2,999
Longmont 30 93,268 313 2,466
Loveland 31 30 76,936 239 2,582
Delta 32 23 8,778 102 3,782
Craig 33 37 8,724 217 2,728
Manitou Springs 34 20 5,397 314 2,260
Steamboat Springs 35 36 12,512 247 2,389
Evans 36 34 21,975 318 1,861
Aspen 37 31 6,926 72 4,692
Salida 38 44 5,516 126 3,372
Lafayette 39 28,421 306 2,244
Fort Collins 40 35 164,670 207 2,450
Woodland Park 41 40 7,226 235 1,992
Littleton 42 45 47,288 101 2,740
Avon 43 29 6,532 199 2,250
Cortez 44 33 8,761 159 2,385
Golden 45 43 20,616 150 2,328
Carbondale 46 6,728 208 1,099
Fort Lupton 47 48 7,903 189 1,277
Rifle 48 9,613 156 1,747
Lochbuie 49 38 5,516 126 1,794
Monument 50 41 6,497 30 2,924
Fruita 51 42 12,825 124 1,434
Broomfield 52 51 66,953 53 2,404
Castle Rock 53 50 57,109 89 1,544
Estes Park 54 52 6,335 94 1,136
Parker 55 49 50,409 91 1,174
Brush 56 5,456 91 751
Louisville 57 58 20,814 100 350
Eagle 58 53 6,715 59 819
Johnstown 59 61 16,143 80 706
Gypsum 60 46 7,012 57 1,012
Firestone 61 59 12,375 48 1,018
Cherry Hills Village 62 54 6,649 15 1,037
Windsor 63 56 22,404 13 1,066
Eaton 64 5,045 59 99
Erie 65 55 22,115 54 610
Milliken 66 57 6,551 45 625

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13 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado For 2018

  1. This story has the Pueblo locals upset! But it’s the old frog in the pot of boiling water bit: They don’t realize how bad it’s gotten because they’re in the pot as it’s slowly come to a boil. I lived there for 4 years and was prompted to buy a gun while there…and that was on the “nice” north side. East side, Bessemer/ south side are major crime problems. Bottom line: Pueblo has voted for death (democrat=abortion), and now they’re reaping what they’ve sown. Truly heartbreaking.

    1. You’re tring to make it seem as if Pueblo is full of democrars which ia not true. There are cholos in pueblo who do not care for either side and I think.

    2. True!! At a neighborhood watch meeting, the sheriff said the crime rate in Pueblo and surrounding areas has increased substantially in the past 2 years because of passage of marijuana usage/industry, Cartel, and drugs. Poor job market/low wages. Gangs and major problems in schools. Overall, Puebloans do not like to see newbies in community.
      Pueblo West is better but has seen increase in crime, also. Home burglaries and vehicle break-ins.
      Looking for cash, jewelry, electronic equipment. The cost of living here is lower. I have a nice home that I couldn’t get in the Springs or other cities. Gangs and major problems in schools.
      Racial tensions between Hispanics and non-Hispanics.
      Hispanics’ goal is to “take over.”
      A lot more things I can list. I simply take good care of myself. I can afford to live here in a good area. Otherwise, I would leave!

  2. Sparkes, PLEASE tell me what kind of degree you have??? Please tell me its not sociology because I will go back to school right now if it is!!! Are you basing your facts off of other peoples studies??? Ummmm I think Yes! If so those idiots only based their study off of calls to the police!!! Sooooo that only proves that people in Pueblo call the Po Pos more!! Did you consider the number of homicides and murders compared to Colorado Springs or Denver???? Of course not!!! Just a tip….. Use your own BRAIN!!!!!!

  3. Okay, here’s some real, hard data. And we even provided our sources, imagine that.

    Pueblo isn’t nearly that bad compared to some other places in the State.

    https://github.com/qbit/Colorado_Stats

    Average murder / 100k people City
    258.732 La Veta
    68.8705 Ault
    61.1247 Granby
    56.243 Snowmass Village
    53.7288 Rifle
    52.2739 Limon
    46.6636 Rangely
    46.2107 Burlington
    42.1408 Center
    39.9521 Las Animas
    34.8924 Monte Vista
    24.975 Walsenburg
    24.426 Silverthorne
    23.753 Rocky Ford
    21.9427 Trinidad
    21.8914 Breckenridge
    21.2585 Firestone
    20.9074 Vail
    20.855 Glendale
    19.1571 Manitou Springs
    19.132 Edgewater
    17.5863 Cortez
    17.3928 Sheridan
    17.2078 Greenwood Village
    16.9952 Gunnison
    16.0538 Delta
    15.8756 Steamboat Springs
    15.6323 Cherry Hills Village
    15.4967 Avon
    14.8214 Woodland Park
    14.269 Alamosa
    13.8789 La Junta
    12.8189 Lamar
    12.4688 Canon City
    12.3113 Johnstown
    11.7082 Frederick
    11.2309 Glenwood Springs
    10.6872 Craig
    9.39764 Fort Morgan
    8.28204 Federal Heights
    7.89476 Durango
    7.78331 Fruita
    7.35088 Denver
    7.02694 Commerce City
    7.01625 Pueblo
    6.90237 Montrose
    6.69837 Sterling
    6.63269 Evans
    6.34735 Aurora
    6.09914 Englewood
    6.00181 Fountain
    5.41243 Windsor
    5.38356 Golden
    5.0267 Grand Junction
    5.00373 Colorado Springs
    4.84781 Wheat Ridge
    4.4146 Northglenn
    4.22249 Littleton
    3.96807 Lafayette
    3.85518 Castle Rock
    3.13537 Broomfield
    3.10839 Brighton
    3.02941 Parker
    2.78219 Thornton
    2.64312 Boulder
    2.55594 Loveland
    2.55025 Lakewood
    2.42197 Greeley
    2.31921 Westminster
    2.16843 Arvada
    2.1191 Centennial
    1.45933 Fort Collins
    1.13513 Longmont

  4. Sorry, folks. But I live in Pueblo. I’ve been here a year and I’m counting the days until I get to leave. I moved here from Denver a year ago and this place is like a freaking third world country, in terms of the quality of life and the total lack of sophistication here. It is a very dangerous place. Most of the people are uneducated and have no idea how to act in a workplace let alone have any problem solving or social skills. Sorry all you people that love Pueblo; it is a dangerous place! Wake up, and look around!

  5. I left a comment yesterday regarding Pueblo; didn’t get published for whatever reason. As I stated yesterday; Pueblo is a horrible, unsafe place to live in. It is a well-known fact that Pueblo has a very high rate of crime per capita, and has a huge shortage of police officers. There is a vast amount of gang related crime here, and a large degree of heroin use here. There are home invasions during the day while people are at home, cars are constantly being broken into, etc. The population here is uneducated, and to top it off have no social skills, conflict management skills, nor do they have any idea how to act in the workplace. I worked in a call center here, where there were daily incidents of employees yelling and cussing at each other, supervisors bragging about how drunk they can get, dhow often they get drunk–all while in front of a large conference room of employees. I could go on about the joys of living in Pueblo, but I’m out of time.

  6. If you really want a strong cup of joe to wake up…well then look at the country as a whole. Everywhere its bad. Sure isnt like the ol days. Used to leave doors unlocked and keys in ignition. I live in canon city, and the heroin use is as bad here as in pueblo.
    I have had a lot of things stolen this past year. Jewelry, coins, a 380, oh and let’s not forget the metal fixture on the side of a house to wind your garden hose up on. There is no respect for others much less for ones self. Just wait…its really going to be a reality check when crap hits the fan. When the fema camps become active and martial law goes into effect.

  7. Sheridan IS NOT GHETTO, I don’t how you screwed tgis up but im hella confident that this suburb is nowhere near the crime of other areas like Colfax or Athmar Park

  8. Pueblo is unsafe because the DA and the AG allow rape and murder and could care less. The police protect the “in” people when it comes to reporting crimes and cover up crimes. –the judges are just as corrupt. There are no laws in Pueblo–only “good ol boys and big boy gangs. Then-the kids have their gangs also. No law and order when it comes to the “important” people in Pueblo.–they are allowed to be criminals. We have a horrible DA who ignores murder and rape–NEVER move to Pueblo. Even gang members could find a better place t o live. So many women were raped in the hospitals here and we are criminals for objecting. This is an ISIS mentality city and I HATE that we moved here.

  9. It really scares me that (1) The headline writer thinks Colorado is in Connecticut (2) The headline writer thinks Connecticut is the Centennial State? [Actually Colorado is the Centennial State] (3) that the list of cities are all Connecticut cities, not Colorado (4) that all the commenters commented about cities and towns in Colorado, without noticing that the article is about Connecticut, not Colorado. (5) I guess if you fix the headline to “Connecticut” then all the comments are totally off-topic.

    Yes, I’m an unemployed proofreader and copy editor.

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