The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado For 2022


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Centennial State for 2022.

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The Rocky Mountains aren't the only things that are super rocky in Colorado, the state has its fair share of some pretty rocky situations in the form of dangerous places to live.

Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Colorado? If you're not sure, then you should definitely look below at RoadSnacks list of the top ten most dangerous places in Colorado for 2022 before it's too late.

We all watch the news and see the Facebook feeds that come across detailing 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. Unless you live in The Centennial State's most dangerous places. Yes, that's right. Colorado is the 19th most dangerous state in the country; and sadly, Colorado is one of the only states to have three of the most dangerous cities in the country.

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. Coincidentally, Colorado is also the 25th most populous state in the country and many of Colorado's fastest growing cities are also the states most dangerous. This is usually how it works. Law enforcement can't keep up with the demands of large influxes of people, and people start to take advantage of each other and the system. And cities like Denver can't catch a break.

Instead of relying on speculation, we dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the most dangerous places in Colorado.

The Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado For 2022

  1. Glendale
  2. Sheridan
  3. Alamosa
  4. Pueblo
  5. Lakewood
  6. Denver
  7. Canon City
  8. Wheat Ridge
  9. Grand Junction
  10. Lone Tree

What are the circumstances that make these Colorado places this way? Maybe not enough jobs, low wages, drugs, gangs, and in Denver's case, their mediocre NFL team?

So, with that in mind, what is the most dangerous place to live in Colorado? The most dangerous place in Colorado is Glendale according to the most recent FBI data.

If you already live in Colorado and want to make a move, or if you're thinking about moving to Colorado for the first time, we recommend that you take a look at our list below.

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.

For more Colorado reading, check out:

The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Colorado For 2022

Glendale held onto its title of most dangerous place in Colorado for another year. An enclave of Denver, Glendale took the top spots for both violent and property crime rates yet again.

Glendale residents had a 1 in 107 chance of being the victim of a violent crime over 2020. That includes the second highest murder rate in the state. So while you may think the rugby players at Infinity Park are rough, it's nothing compared to Glendale's streets.

Oh, and Glendale's property crime rate is more than twice as high as the second worst city in Colorado, with folks facing a whopping 1 in 5 shot of having their stuff stolen or damaged. That includes 150 stolen cars, a crazy number for a city with a population of just 5,243.

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Population: 5,243
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 934 (Second most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 17,242 (Most dangerous)
More on Glendale:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Glendale, CO

Good news, bad news situation for Sheridan, a city that already ranked as one of Denver's worst suburbs due to its high crime rates.

The good news is that the violent crime rate in Sheridan was nearly cut in half in 2020. That's a significant achievement, and we're sure residents are happy they can walk in the park without worrying about being attacked.

The bad news is that high rates of property crime persist. Residents had a 1 in 9 chance of being the victim of a property crime over 2020.

That's also enough to give Sheridan the second highest total crime rate in Colorado -- nearly quadruple the national average.

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Population: 6,246
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 560 (Ninth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,102 (Second most dangerous)
More on Sheridan:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Sheridan, CO

Located in south-central Colorado, Alamosa comes in as the state's third least safe place. However, as a popular tourist destination with loads to do year-round and an annual music festival, Summerfest on the Rio, Alamosa's crime numbers might be slightly inflated.

Still, there's no arguing that the city had the seventh highest burglary rate in Colorado, which definitely means that residents were victimized, not tourists.

On top of that, Alamosa averaged more than one rape case per month in 2020, which is a big part of why it ranks as the fifth most violent place in Colorado overall.

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Population: 9,669
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 754 (Fifth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,005 (Eighth most dangerous)
More on Alamosa:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Alamosa, CO

Pueblo is located in the south-central part of the state. It sits along I-25, the main north-south transportation artery in Colorado, about two hours south of Denver.

With 113,002 residents, Pueblo counts as a major population center in its region. As such, you'd expect some crime. But the city takes this to another level. In fact, it stands as the number 4 most dangerous city in Colorado.

Violence represents a major problem in the area. The community suffered 1,181 violent crimes in a year. This total included 16 murders and 199 sexual assaults.

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Population: 113,002
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,045 (Most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,630 (12th most dangerous)
More on Pueblo:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Pueblo, CO

A suburb of Denver, located just west of the city, Lakewood opens up to the unmatched natural beauty of the Rocky Mountains. Jump on the I-70 headed west and you'll pass through a series of state and national parks on your way to some of the most celebrated ski resorts in the world.

And you'd have great motivation to jump in the car. Escaping Lakewood for the slopes out west lets you flee the number 5 most dangerous location in Colorado.

Though overshadowed by nearby Denver, Lakewood represents a major urban area of its own. It boasts 159,719 residents. Unfortunately, that crowd of people comes with 903 violent crimes and 8,050 property crimes.

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Population: 159,719
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 565 (Eighth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,040 (Seventh most dangerous)
More on Lakewood:  | Cost Of Living

Lakewood, CO

The Mile High City has some work to do when it comes to crime. Particularly violent crime, which ranked as the fourth highest in Colorado, with residents facing a 1 in 116 shot of being violently attacked over 2020.

That's a bit higher than in Los Angeles, for reference. Still, Denver's best neighborhoods have signifcantly less crime than the worst.

In other words, you're still good to go for a jog at City Park. Still, Denver had 8,409 car thefts in 2022. Which is confusing, considering you can't walk five steps without passing an electric scooter in Denver.

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Population: 737,709
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 857 (Fourth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,648 (11th most dangerous)
More on Denver:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Denver, CO

7. Canon City

Another popular tourist destination, Canon City is home to breathtaking drives, an insane suspension bridge, and some of the best rock climbing and whitewater rafting in a state known for both.

Drawing in thrill-seekers has some downsides, though, and Canon City has been creeping up this list for the past few years. The city had the highest rape and eighth highest murder rate in Colorado in 2020, its worst numbers yet in recent years.

While violent crime is far more severe, it's worth noting the Canon City also managed to have the highest burglary rate in Colorado.

Population: 16,761
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 674 (Sixth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,934 (Tenth most dangerous)
More on Canon City:

Canon City, CO

Wheat Ridge sounds like an idyllic rural setting. You sit on your front porch with a glass of lemonade, staring out over the rolling agricultural fields, safe from crime and any encroachment of modern life.

Nope. That's not how things are at all. Despite its name, Wheat Ridge sits northwest of Denver and just north of Lakewood, another name on this list.

Your worries here won't revolve around crops and what manure to use. Rather, you'll have to worry about who might steal your car or burn down your house. Just to use those crimes as examples, Wheat Ridge stands at number 3.0 in Colorado in terms of highest rate of car theft and at number 1 for the scariest pace of arsons.

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 31,451
Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 550 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,322 (Sixth most dangerous)
More on Wheat Ridge:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Wheat Ridge, CO

Grand Junction stands as a cultural hub in the otherwise rural area of western Colorado. Built along the Colorado River, the town prides itself on being the capital of state's wine country. It also provides a home to several museums, including the Museum of the West and the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens.

Sounds like a great spot to sip Merlot and walk among the flowers. But there's a dark side to this community of 64,149 people. It also ranks as the number 9 most dangerous places in Colorado.

Why? Well, larceny stands as a major problem in town. Grand Junction has the number 9 highest rate of that kind of violation in Colorado.

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Population: 64,149
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 542 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,623 (13th most dangerous)
More on Grand Junction:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Grand Junction, CO

We actually ranked Lone Tree as one ofDenver's best suburbs, and we stand by that call.

You see, Lone Tree is home to the Park Meadows Mall. And while the money and jobs that it brings the community are certainly good, malls tend to significantly inflate a city's property crime rate.

So while Lone Tree's property crime rate ranks as the third highest in Colorado, it really isn't so bad when you realize that 90%+ of that crime comes from shoplifting teenagers, not violent criminals.

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Population: 13,423
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 387 (26th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,531 (Third most dangerous)
More on Lone Tree:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Lone Tree, CO

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous cities in Colorado 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 Colorado cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 69 cities in Colorado.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 69 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. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.

Most Dangerous Places To Live In Colorado FAQs

Is Colorado a dangerous state?

Yes, Colorado is a dangerous state as it ranks as the #9 most dangerous state in the United States based on our analysis of the latest FBI Crime Data. The violent crime rate in colorado ranks 20th highest in the United States -- 9.09% worse than US average violent crime rate. The property crime rate in the Centennial State ranks third highest in the United States -- 44.72% worse than US average property crime rate. The latest reporting year from the FBI was 2020.

Is Denver, CO a dangerous city?

Yes, Denver is a dangerous city. Denver ranks as the #27 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 Denver might be considered dangerous you still need to be aware of where you are. For example, Golden Triangle is the safest in Denver, while City Park is considered dangerous by many based on recent crime stats.

Compared to other big cities, the violent crime rate in Denver ranks 58th highest in America -- 56.3% worse than US average violent crime rate. The property crime rate in the ranks 24th highest in the United States -- 75.04% 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 Colorado

Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado Graph

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Summary: Locking It All Up In Colorado

So what is the most dangerous city in Colorado? After analyzing 69 cities in Colorado, Glendale takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Colorado based on the most recently reported FBI data -- 2020.

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

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.

What are the circumstances that make these Colorado places this way? Maybe not enough jobs, low wages, drugs, gangs, and in Denver's case, their mediocre NFL team?

So, with that in mind, what is the most dangerous place to live in Colorado? The most dangerous place in Colorado is Glendale according to the most recent FBI data.

If you already live in Colorado and want to make a move, or if you're thinking about moving to Colorado for the first time, we recommend that you take a look at our list below.

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.

Here are the safest cities in Colorado:

  1. Lamar (Pop. 7,625)
  2. Eagle (Pop. 7,043)
  3. New Castle (Pop. 5,289)
  4. Dacono (Pop. 6,285)
  5. Cherry Hills Village (Pop. 6,722)
  6. Gypsum (Pop. 7,479)
  7. Severance (Pop. 7,040)
  8. Milliken (Pop. 8,509)
  9. Frederick (Pop. 14,712)
  10. Brush (Pop. 5,413)

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Crime By City In Colorado

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Glendale 5,243 934 17,242
2 Sheridan 6,246 560 10,102
3 Alamosa 9,669 754 5,005
4 Pueblo 113,002 1,045 4,630
5 Lakewood 159,719 565 5,040
6 Denver 737,709 857 4,648
7 Canon City 16,761 674 4,934
8 Wheat Ridge 31,451 550 5,322
9 Grand Junction 64,149 542 4,623
10 Lone Tree 13,423 387 7,531
11 Aurora 385,720 900 3,390
12 La Junta 6,859 481 4,023
13 Cortez 8,764 559 3,605
14 Edgewater 5,353 317 6,912
15 Northglenn 39,161 485 3,695
16 Colorado Springs 485,083 597 3,379
17 Durango 19,220 353 4,979
18 Trinidad 8,114 443 3,758
19 Sterling 14,459 449 3,672
20 Englewood 35,464 253 5,667
21 Glenwood Springs 9,976 390 3,829
22 Delta 9,011 321 4,427
23 Vail 5,450 403 3,614
24 Commerce City 62,164 479 3,299
25 Rifle 9,747 543 2,841
26 Boulder 106,598 321 3,770
27 Fort Morgan 11,471 531 2,519
28 Brighton 42,536 451 3,075
29 Westminster 113,941 286 3,539
30 Greeley 110,505 425 2,463
31 Longmont 98,545 399 2,755
32 Thornton 144,156 287 3,147
33 Fountain 31,297 412 1,971
34 Arvada 122,983 227 3,163
35 Salida 6,183 161 3,558
36 Montrose 19,864 186 3,171
37 Golden 20,981 157 3,445
38 Manitou Springs 5,435 239 1,803
39 Louisville 21,101 260 1,772
40 Evans 21,515 204 1,998
41 Lafayette 31,457 193 2,056
42 Johnstown 15,932 163 2,278
43 Avon 6,526 291 1,241
44 Littleton 48,805 147 2,409
45 Broomfield 71,795 105 2,987
46 Monument 8,361 203 1,518
47 Gunnison 6,736 178 1,514
48 Woodland Park 7,969 163 1,254
49 Centennial 112,104 128 1,765
50 Steamboat Springs 13,345 149 1,318

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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 Colorado 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.

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.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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