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.
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.
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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Colorado For 2020
Glendale ranks in the top worst rates of violent and property crime in the state.
Residents of Glendale faced a 1 in 115 chance of being the victim of violence, a rate which steadily increased from 2017-2018.
Property crime did drop by a modest amount during this interval though.
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.
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.
Alamosa is one of the least populated cities.
Residents of Alamosa faced a 1 in 18.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2018.
Alamosa has been improving a lot lately too, with reductions in both violent and property crime between 2017-2018.
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.
The 6th place ranking for most dangerous in Colorado goes to Greenwood Village .
Residents have a 1 in 170 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which means rape, murder or aggravated assault. That’s pretty high, but for a state like Colorado, that’s just unacceptable.
Additionally, if you live in Greenwood Village, you have a 1 in 22.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and tractor implements.
There were 0 murders in Greenwood Village in 2018.
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 567 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,572 (12th most dangerous)
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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 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).
La Junta is the smallest city to make this list.
Violent crime rose between 2017-2018, leaving residents a 1 in 201 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018 (a rate that would earn a top 10 spot in most states).
La Junta’s already horrible property crime statistics also got worse in these years, going up between 2017-2018.
The 51st-largest city in Colorado is a dangerous one. Though crime looks like it ticked down recently, it’s still, statistically, the 10th most dangerous place in the state of Colorado.
Residents here have a 1 in 184 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rape, aggravated assault and murders.
Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Colorado
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 Colorado 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. 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 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:
- Cherry Hills Village (Pop. 6,740)
- Windsor (Pop. 26,441)
- Frederick (Pop. 13,390)
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