The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado For 2021

We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Centennial State for 2021.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Colorado and is updated for 2021.

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 2021 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 2021

  1. Glendale
  2. Alamosa
  3. Canon City
  4. Sheridan
  5. La Junta
  6. Denver
  7. Trinidad
  8. Sterling
  9. Colorado Springs
  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.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Colorado For 2021

Glendale, CO

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Population: 5,289
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 945 (Most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 17,697 (Most dangerous)
More on Glendale:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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 105 chance of being the victim of a violent crime over 2019. 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 81 stolen cars, a crazy number for a city with a population of just 5,289.

Alamosa, CO

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Population: 10,086
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 624 (Fifth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,066 (Seventh most dangerous)
More on Alamosa:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Located in south-central Colorado, Alamosa comes in as the state's second 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 second 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 2019, which is a big part of why it ranks as the fifth most violent place in Colorado overall.

3. Canon City

Canon City, CO

Population: 16,793
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 613 (Sixth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,871 (Eighth most dangerous)
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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 second highest rape and fourth highest murder rate in Colorado in 2019, 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 fourth highest burglary rate in Colorado.

Sheridan, CO

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Population: 6,233
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 449 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,219 (Second most dangerous)
More on Sheridan:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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 2019. 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 13 chance of being the victim of a property crime over 2019.

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

La Junta, CO

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Population: 6,983
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 458 (Tenth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,527 (Fifth most dangerous)
More on La Junta:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

If you thought having a giant fort around would be enough to keep crime at bay, consider La Junta. The small municipality makes this list mostly due to its property crime rate, which ranks as the fifth highest in Colorado.

That's mostly because La Junta had the highest burglary rate statewide for 2019. Not to mention an average of two stolen cars a month -- pretty high for such a small place.

And it's not all broken windows and stolen vehicles, either. La Junta also had the third highest rate of rape cases in Colorado.

Denver, CO

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Population: 728,941
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 748 (Third most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,743 (13th most dangerous)
More on Denver:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

The Mile High City has some work to do when it comes to crime. Particularly violent crime, which ranked as the third highest in Colorado, with residents facing a 1 in 133 shot of being violently attacked over 2019.

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 5,294 car thefts in 2021. Which is confusing, considering you can't walk five steps without passing an electric scooter in Denver.

Trinidad, CO

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Population: 8,116
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 468 (Ninth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,312 (Tenth most dangerous)
More on Trinidad:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Once home to trappers and early ranchers, Trinidad has kept its rough and tumble image. Unfortunately, that comes with a bit of crime.

To be fair, Trinidad is one of few places on this list without a murder, and the only one without a rape, recorded in 2019.

On the other hand, Trinidad recorded 67 burglaries over the year. In a town of 8,116, that works out to the third highest burglary rate in Colorado.

Sterling, CO

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Population: 13,573
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 788 (Second most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,403 (17th most dangerous)
More on Sterling:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

At 13,573 people, you might not think Sterling's very big, but it's the largest city in northeastern Colorado. As with any major economic hub, Sterling struggles with above-average crime rates. However, while Sterling did record 99 burglaries in 2019, property crime isn't as significant a problem as violent crime.

You'll want to be careful staying out late at North Sterling State Park, because Sterling had the second highest crime rate in Colorado. And violent crime has been largely unchanged since the year before.

Another depressing statistic? Sterling had the highest rate of rape cases statewide, reporting about three per month, on average.

Colorado Springs, CO

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Population: 479,648
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 585 (Seventh most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,666 (15th most dangerous)
More on Colorado Springs:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Outdoorsmen and women come from far and wide to visit Colorado Springs, home to Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon.

But Colorado's second-biggest city also has above-average crime rates. About eight cars are stolen each day, and the city averages two arson cases a week.

And while violent crime in Colorado Springs isn't as bad as Denver, it still ranks as the seventh highest in the state.

Lone Tree, CO

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Population: 15,129
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 310 (23rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,946 (Third most dangerous)
More on Lone Tree:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

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.

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 2021?

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 2019 data, specifically the 2019 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2021.

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 63 cities in Colorado.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 63 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.

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

Locking It All Up In Colorado

The latest FBI crime data shows that Glendale ranks as the most dangerous city in Colorado for 2021.

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.

Here are the safest cities in Colorado:

  1. Dacono (Pop. 6,074)
  2. Erie (Pop. 26,523)
  3. New Castle (Pop. 5,095)
  4. Cherry Hills Village (Pop. 6,734)
  5. Eaton (Pop. 5,690)
  6. Lamar (Pop. 7,619)
  7. Firestone (Pop. 15,558)
  8. Severance (Pop. 5,362)
  9. Milliken (Pop. 7,978)
  10. Frederick (Pop. 14,238)

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Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Glendale 5,289 945 17,697
2 Alamosa 10,086 624 5,066
3 Canon City 16,793 613 4,871
4 Sheridan 6,233 449 7,219
5 La Junta 6,983 458 5,527
6 Denver 728,941 748 3,743
7 Trinidad 8,116 468 4,312
8 Sterling 13,573 788 3,403
9 Colorado Springs 479,648 585 3,666
10 Lone Tree 15,129 310 6,946

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17 thoughts on “The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado For 2021

  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!!!!!!

    1. Those are based on crime in Denver and Springs fool! You now have to go through a security check at Parkview to visit patients or any other type of service in the hospital! Does that tell you a safe environment? I’ve never been to a hospital where I had to go through a metal detector and I’ve been around this Country! However, the security there is a joke! It’s only a metal detector and a cop searching purses! Drugs could get past so easy it isn’t even funny!

  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.

    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. 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.

  10. Life long Denver native and raised 65 yrs since pot became legal the entire state is way over priced to many ppl moving here..actually I remember Denver before DIA and when Pena built DIA I knew the Denver I loved and grew up in was gone forever just another big city with big city problems and over the top development thanks to deep pocket greedy politicians and developers in fact the whole country is now in demise..sadly future generations will not have what prior generations gave us..the American Dream..

  11. Wow, you really goofed this one up. Greenwood Village is an upper scale city, definitely not number 6 on most dangerous list! The other smaller town, of course, just 10 crimes in a population of 10,000 or less skews the data. Commerce City, Englewood, Aurora, Greeley, Denver, these are dangerous cities, gang violence, drug violence, robberies, shootings etc. Where did you learn to research? Amazing!

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