These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Centennial State for 2019.

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“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:

  1. Glendale (Photos)
  2. Sheridan (Photos)
  3. Pueblo (Photos)
  4. Lakewood (Photos)
  5. Alamosa (Photos)
  6. La Junta (Photos)
  7. Grand Junction (Photos)
  8. Federal Heights (Photos)
  9. Denver (Photos)
  10. 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.

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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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Colorado

Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado Graph

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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, CO

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 5,362
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 857 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 14,565 (1st most dangerous)
More on Glendale:  Data | Photos

Glendale takes 1st because of its 2nd place finish for violence.

Located in central Colorado, 30 miles north of Denver, Glendale experienced rise in violent crime between 2015-17.

This left residents with a 1 in 116 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 6.9 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

Sheridan, CO

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 6,103
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 704 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,093 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Sheridan:  Data | Photos

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.

Pueblo, CO

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 110,872
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,052 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,167 (6th most dangerous)
More on Pueblo:  Data | Photos

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.

Lakewood, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
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Population: 156,344
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 644 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,858 (11th most dangerous)
More on Lakewood:  Data | Photos

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, CO

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 10,025
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 458 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,192 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Alamosa:  Data | Photos

Coming in 5th place for most dangerous places in Colorado is Alamosa.

Here residents face a 1 in 217 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, and a 1 in 13.9 shot for property crime.

Property crime has been pretty consistent lately, while violent crime is on an upward trend, meaning it may overtake some of the other cities in a few years if the situation continues.

La Junta, CO

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 6,900
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 507 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,855 (7th most dangerous)
More on La Junta:  Data | Photos

La Junta ranks relatively poorly in both categories of crime in Colorado.

That left La Junta’s residents with a 1 in 197 shot of being the victim of violence in 2017. Additionally, it ranked 7th for property crime.

Grand Junction, CO

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6
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Population: 62,352
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 578 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,569 (12th most dangerous)
More on Grand Junction:  Data | Photos

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.

Federal Heights, CO

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 12,624
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 609 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,285 (16th most dangerous)
More on Federal Heights:  Data | Photos

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).

Denver, CO

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 706,616
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 675 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,667 (20th most dangerous)
More on Denver:  Data | Photos

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, CO

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,961
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 389 (19th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,753 (8th most dangerous)
More on Trinidad:  Data | Photos

Coming in at number 10 on our list of most dangerous places in Colorado, residents of Trinidad had a 1 in 16.3 chance of being the victim of a crime.

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:

  1. Frederick (Pop. 12,850)
  2. Lamar (Pop. 7,468)
  3. Cherry Hills Village (Pop. 6,685)

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Glendale 5,362 857 14,565
2 Sheridan 6,103 704 9,093
3 Pueblo 110,872 1,052 6,167
4 Lakewood 156,344 644 4,858
5 Alamosa 10,025 458 7,192
6 La Junta 6,900 507 5,855
7 Grand Junction 62,352 578 4,569
8 Federal Heights 12,624 609 4,285
9 Denver 706,616 675 3,667
10 Trinidad 7,961 389 5,753
11 Wheat Ridge 31,567 424 4,881
12 Commerce City 56,469 556 3,263
13 Canon City 16,723 436 3,886
14 Brighton 39,099 480 3,342
15 Colorado Springs 472,958 524 3,216
16 Aurora 368,018 608 3,003
17 Sterling 13,955 437 3,246
18 Glenwood Springs 10,073 268 4,536
19 Northglenn 39,520 384 3,502
20 Edgewater 5,350 205 6,467
21 Montrose 19,346 227 4,889
22 Fountain 29,203 510 2,674
23 Lone Tree 13,638 161 6,540
24 Rifle 9,724 318 3,136
25 Durango 18,801 234 3,765
26 Fort Morgan 11,347 387 2,802
27 Greeley 105,906 423 2,562
28 Westminster 115,155 238 3,185
29 Longmont 93,979 352 2,466
30 Vail 5,516 108 4,477
31 Loveland 78,671 316 2,399
32 Cortez 9,095 164 3,166
33 Delta 8,925 89 4,436
34 Evans 22,153 306 2,067
35 Woodland Park 7,424 242 2,438
36 Avon 6,551 305 1,785
37 Gunnison 6,326 252 2,070
38 Lafayette 28,939 228 2,456
39 Fort Collins 167,633 220 2,535
40 Arvada 119,346 161 2,766
41 Carbondale 6,844 248 1,578
42 Aspen 6,906 28 4,228
43 Littleton 47,112 101 3,033
44 Golden 20,948 109 2,864
45 Broomfield 68,158 123 2,626
46 Craig 8,869 191 2,277
47 Steamboat Springs 12,799 171 2,297
48 Estes Park 6,435 295 916
49 Salida 5,642 88 3,030
50 Manitou Springs 5,364 223 1,584
51 Fruita 12,971 192 1,326
52 Parker 52,179 147 1,502
53 Monument 6,644 45 2,633
54 Milliken 6,870 232 611
55 Eagle 6,780 147 1,386
56 Castle Rock 59,337 91 1,633
57 Brush 5,397 111 1,278
58 Fort Lupton 8,057 111 1,129
59 Dacono 5,261 114 551
60 Firestone 13,416 67 887
61 Windsor 23,523 21 1,143
62 Erie 23,660 50 845
63 Louisville 21,224 84 400
64 Johnstown 16,552 18 1,033
65 Eaton 5,212 38 805
66 Frederick 12,850 54 451
67 Lamar 7,468 13 937
68 Cherry Hills Village 6,685 29 373

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14 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado For 2019

  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.

  10. I lived in Pueblo up until I finished high school then I joined the navy and settled in San Diego Ca after leaving the navy. While living in Pueblo I was very frustrated of the great lack of recreational and entertainment functions.As a teen I would see ads for such things as record hops and other events and said I want to check that out and when gave the location it was in Colorado springs or worse yet in Denver. Doing a mad foot stomping agony and crossing why doesn’t this damn town ever have anything? These things 9 times were out of reach and out of boredom teens are going out and committing crimes and being penitentiary bound. I say Pueblo is a good place to be from. As in the previous comments Pueblo is definitely a dangerous place.

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