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:
- Glendale (Photos)
- Pueblo (Photos)
- Federal Heights (Photos)
- Lakewood (Photos)
- Trinidad (Photos)
- Grand Junction (Photos)
- Sheridan (Photos)
- Denver (Photos)
- Glenwood Springs (Photos)
- 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.
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.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Colorado.
Population: 5,396Rank 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.
Population: 109,927Rank 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
Population: 12,563Rank 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).
Population: 154,553Rank 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.
Population: 7,990Rank 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
Population: 60,628Rank 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.
Population: 6,113Rank 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.
Population: 699,259Rank 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
Population: 9,978Rank 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
Population: 31,389Rank 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:
For more Colorado reading , check out:
- 10 Snobbiest Cities In Colorado
- 10 Best Places To Raise A Family In Colorado
- 10 Most Diverse Cities In Colorado
Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Colorado
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