10 Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Centennial State for 2020.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Colorado and is updated for 2020.

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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 2020 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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Colorado for 2020:

  1. Glendale (Photos)
  2. Sheridan (Photos)
  3. Pueblo (Photos)
  4. Alamosa (Photos)
  5. Federal Heights (Photos)
  6. Canon City
  7. Denver (Photos)
  8. Greenwood Village (Photos)
  9. La Junta (Photos)
  10. Trinidad (Photos)

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:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Colorado

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Colorado For 2020

Glendale, CO

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 5,293
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 869 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 15,832 (1st most dangerous)
More on Glendale:  Data | Photos

Glendale has issues with a recent increase in crime.

That means residents of Glendale had a 1 in 115 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 6.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Sheridan, CO

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6
/10

Population: 6,159
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 844 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,816 (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 2017-2018.

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 11.3 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.

Pueblo, CO

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4
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Population: 111,756
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 993 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,575 (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 100 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 17.9 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.

Review Of Pueblo by HomeSnacks User

I lived here for 10 years, Pueblo gets a much worse wrap than they’re worth. Just like any city, it depends on where you live and associate your self with, which determines the experience you have. Is it a little rough around the edges- Yes. But what city isn’t. Pueblo is a great community with a deep connection to the people that live in it, I’d move there again if I had been given another chance.

The highschools are a great place for the kids, I sent all 4 of my kids through East Highschool, the IB programme is amazing and Corwin and Fountain are good for middle schoolers and elementary children. If you want a good experience, don’t buy a house in Bessemer or on the East side, that’s just my personal assesment anyway. I grew up in Bessemer, and it’s not as bad as everyone thinks. I suggest looking into University Park or El Comino

Alamosa, CO

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 9,955
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 562 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,544 (7th most dangerous)
More on Alamosa:  Data | Photos

Alamosa had 56 violent crimes and 552 property crimes in 2018.

Like all cities, there are rougher sections and nicer sections, so be sure to stay safe at night.

Review Of Alamosa by HomeSnacks User

I think it should be number one worst place to live in the State. But hey, second is pretty great too. I’ve lived here all 28 years, except a couple at other states for a short time. And I must say stay away from this town at all costs if you can! It’s beyond horrible here. Yeah, it’s absolutely breathtaking the views and mountains but the people themselves completely ruined this town. It’s a hole new breed as outsiders have told me, saying they have never discovered such mean, stuck on themselves, hateful, bullying, loser jokes ever. Which I have to agree. There’s no activity place to go for young children or anyone really. Very few for adults if you like golfing or disk gold. Horrible.

Mentioned it all above.

Federal Heights, CO

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4
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Population: 12,929
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 665 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,284 (15th 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.

6. Canon City

Canon City, CO

Population: 16,557
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 567 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,572 (12th most dangerous)
More on Canon City:

Located in central Colorado, Canon City has 9 state and 4 federal prisons and penitentiaries, a super high number for such a small city.

And while the city certainly has a lot of prisoners behind bars, it also has a lot of crime on its own streets.

Residents of Canon City face a 1 in 205 chance of being the victim of violence, a number that has remained consistent over the years.

Denver, CO

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8
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Population: 720,745
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 730 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,671 (19th most dangerous)
More on Denver:  Data | Photos

Denver is the 4th most violent city in Colorado, with residents facing a 1 in 136 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).

Review Of Denver by HomeSnacks User

I love this city. It is absolutely stunning and there is so much to do here. If I could live here, I would. My absolutely favorite part about this city is the mountains and nature all around. There are so many beautiful hiking trails.

The scenery is what stood out the most to me. Its beautiful year round with MANY great hiking trails. The great part is that the small cities outside of town are also just as wonderful to explore. The whole area is a wonderful experience. I don’t find anything particularly bad about this city, beside the fact that there are marijuana stores everywhere you turn. I think this takes away from the beauty of the city.

Greenwood Village, CO

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 15,989
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 587 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,553 (13th most dangerous)
More on Greenwood Village:  Data | Photos

Greenwood Village experienced a drop in its property crime rate between 2017-2018.

That’s a difference of residents having about a 1 in 15 shot of being the victim of theft or arson at the beginning to a 1 in 22.0 shot in 2018.

Violent crime, meanwhile, remained at around the same level.

La Junta, CO

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 6,867
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 495 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,776 (8th most dangerous)
More on La Junta:  Data | Photos

La Junta is the 9th most violent city in the state.

Both categories of crime have been going up between 2017-2018.

Folks in La Junta have about 1 violent crime per 201 residents.

Review Of La Junta by HomeSnacks User

This is a small town with not a whole lot to do but the crime rate is low and the schools are amazing. The people are kind and giving and smiling and its just an all around good place to be. It is clean and the cost of living is affordable. it is an hour away from the bigger cities and shopping areas

FOX theater has been around for a really long time offering 2 movie screens to enjoy buttered popcorn and snacks in front of.

The Wipeout swimming pool has 2 slides and offers hot dogs and burgers slushies nachos and other great treats

Trinidad, CO

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 7,947
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 541 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,278 (16th most dangerous)
More on Trinidad:  Data | Photos

Trinidad placed 10th on our list due, in part, to a 1 in 23.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Review Of Trinidad by HomeSnacks User

Pueblo is my hometown and I love it, it was born and raised there. Wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

I lived in Trinidad for a few years and it was not that bad.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Colorado for 2020?

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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.

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 70 cities in Colorado.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 70 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.

Locking It All Up In Colorado

The latest FBI crime data shows that Glendale ranks as the most dangerous city in Colorado for 2020.

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. Cherry Hills Village (Pop. 6,740)
  2. Windsor (Pop. 26,441)
  3. Frederick (Pop. 13,390)

For more Colorado reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Glendale 5,293 869 15,832
2 Sheridan 6,159 844 8,816
3 Pueblo 111,756 993 5,575
4 Alamosa 9,955 562 5,544
5 Federal Heights 12,929 665 4,284
6 Canon City 16,557 567 4,572
7 Denver 720,745 730 3,671
8 Greenwood Village 15,989 587 4,553
9 La Junta 6,867 495 4,776
10 Trinidad 7,947 541 4,278

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16 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Colorado For 2020

  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.

    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.

  11. 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..

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