10 Most Dangerous Cities In Florida For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Sunshine 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 Florida and is updated for 2020.

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Florida’s beaches can be super hot, Orlando’s Disney World can be unbearably steamy, Miami can be pretty swampy, and many of Florida’s most dangerous places to live bring some crazy ‘heat’ as well.

Florida is the third most populous state in the country, so there’s bound to be problems with that many people; and sadly, the majority of those problems can be found in the state’s most dangerous places. Want to know where you can enjoy all of the amenities that Florida has to offer minus the danger? Lucky for you RoadSnacks has created a list of the most dangerous places in Florida for 2020. And we think that you should definitely take a look at our list below before you make any major life changing decisions.

In order to compile our list, we looked at violent crimes and property crimes in cities with a population of 5,000. That left us with 204 cities. Folks, the cities that made our list have robberies happening in broad daylight, car jackings, and daily shootings. There are neighborhoods in these cities that you shouldn’t drive thru, ever, and there are areas that you definitely shouldn’t be in after dark.

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 Sunshine State’s most dangerous places. Yes, that’s right, Florida is the 17th most dangerous state in the country; and unfortunately, Florida is one of the only states to have eight-yes, eight-of the most dangerous cities in the country.

So, want to know the places in Florida that have more issues than Jacksonville’s Florida Times? Keep reading.

If you aren’t from Florida, some of the most dangerous cities may come as a shock. We’ve all heard of the amazing beaches and nightlife from Miami Beach to Daytona Beach, but who knew they were some of the most dangerous places in Florida, too?

What’s the most dangerous city in Florida? The most dangerous city in Florida is Florida City — not a shocker if you’ve seen the data.

Want to see why each of these cities are so dangerous? Read on to learn more about our methodology and to see how your favorite Florida cities stacked up.

Learn more about the safest places in Florida.

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 Florida reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Florida

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Florida For 2020

Florida City, FL

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Population: 12,284
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 3,052 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,123 (4th most dangerous)
More on Florida City:  Data | Photos

Florida City is just south of Homestead. Here, things are very dangerous, and getting worse by the year.

Residents have a 1 in 14.0 chance of having something they own stolen or vandalized. That’s a lot of missing cell phones, laptops and prescription pills. Plus, you have a 1 in 32 chance, statistically, of being the victim of a violent crime. Odds are if you didn’t have your life threatened, someone in your neighborhood did.

Or, put another way, in the safest city on our list, Satellite Beach, residents had a 1 in 234 chance of being robbed.

Review Of Florida City by HomeSnacks User

It is really gratifying because it is the maximum to live here, it is quiet and comfortable

It’s good because I love everything, there’s nothing to complain about

Lake City, FL

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Population: 12,182
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,214 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,043 (5th most dangerous)
More on Lake City:  Data | Photos

If you live in Lake City, you already know which parts of town to avoid. But did you know you have a 1 in 82 chance of being raped, attacked or outright killed every year? Those are the stats.

Plus, 1 in 14.2 people has their lives screwed up due to a property crime of some sort. Odds are if you’ve lived in Lake City for a long time, you’ve been robbed at least one time in your life.

Lake City is smack dab in the middle of Florida off of I-10. If you pass through, lock your doors. And don’t talk to strangers.

Opa Locka, FL

Population: 16,663
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,346 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,281 (10th most dangerous)
More on Opa Locka:  Data | Photos

Located in Pinellas County., Opa Locka is the 3rd most dangerous city in Florida.

With residents facing a 1 in 42 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018, Opa Locka it earns a spot on the most dangerous places in Florida.

Palatka, FL

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Population: 10,365
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 16)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,061 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,078 (7th most dangerous)
More on Palatka:  Data | Photos

While Palatka is a known speed trap with rigorous enforcement of speeding laws, it is also a relative hot bed for the occurrence of crime.

As the FBI aggregates crime data based on reporting from local municipalities, it wouldn’t surprise us if Palatka ranks highly simply because the police department does an excellent job of reporting crimes that occur within its city limits.

Palatka has the 8th most violent crimes in Florida.

Review Of Palatka by HomeSnacks User

He’s right I live in Palatka if g*d wanted to give the world a enema Palatka is where he stick the tube

Miami Beach, FL

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Population: 92,928
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 937 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,475 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Miami Beach:  Data | Photos

No surprises here, right? Most of you knew Miami Beach is just straight riddled with crime. While the violence here isn’t as bad in terms of your chances of being a victim, there were still 871 instances in which someone within the city limits of Miami Beach was attacked or raped. Plus, there were 5 murders here in 2018.

The real threat is from getting robbed. Watch your back when you’re here; you have a 1 in 13.4 chance of being held up, having your car or home broken into, or having something you own vandalized.

Review Of Miami Beach by HomeSnacks User

there are many things to do both on the beach and in the city, very good tourism for foreigners and many more and everything under control over the crimes

My favorite place is the beach because it presents very good conditions when you can relax and enjoy a delicious cocktail of typical fruits

Lake Park, FL

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Population: 8,716
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 860 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,465 (1st most dangerous)
More on Lake Park:  Data | Photos

Lake Park is on the coast near North Palm Beach and Mangonia Park. While the violence levels here aren’t anything close to low, they are lower than many other cities.

What plagues Lake Park is the number of property crimes. You have a 1 in 10.6 chance of having something taken from you if you’re within the city limits here.

Panama City Beach, FL

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Population: 12,935
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 850 (18th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,421 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Panama City Beach:  Data | Photos

Panama City Beach has been on the rankings the past couple of years and now finds itself as the 7th most dangerous city in Florida. Panama City Beach’s ranking for violent crime and property were 18th and 3rd, respectively. Overall, like every other city in our top 10, it scored an F when it comes to crime.

Review Of Panama City Beach by HomeSnacks User

I’ve grown up in Panama City for the majority of my life and I ended up living on Panama City Beach when I moved out as a teen. It’s somewhere I call home and that I’ve enjoyed. Panama City is small I would say but not so small. When I go to bigger cities like San Antonio I was pretty overwhelmed but I know one thing you wouldn’t really have to worry about is traffic like compared to San Antonio! We didn’t have like huge amusement parks or museums to go to but we had a beach that was very nice! But it still had stuff to do for family and kids. There was crime there I mean where isn’t there crime but I felt like it wasn’t a lot especially since drinking was banned on the beach for the month of March which made college kids stay away but other than that PC will always home for me.

The beach is probably the best place to be that stands out and if you love seafood there’s so many seafood restaurants to choose from! If you don’t like being around a lot of people when you go on vacation then I guess avoid all the tourist that come down during summertime.

Daytona Beach, FL

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Population: 69,030
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,106 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,864 (17th most dangerous)
More on Daytona Beach:  Data | Photos

Sure, we’re aware that Daytona Beach is a tourist spot, and that many of the people who are robbed or attacked are from out of town. But a criminal doesn’t care whether or not you live there. They’re looking to accomplish something. They want to harm you or take from you. And it simply isn’t safe in Daytona Beach, as many of you are already aware.

If you’re within Daytona Beach city limits, you have a 1 in 20.6 chance of encountering a criminal who wants to steal from you. Plus, there were 764 violent crimes here, including 8 murders in 2018.

There are far safer tourist spots in Florida where you can relax and unwind.

Belle Glade, FL

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Population: 19,877
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,036 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,959 (26th most dangerous)
More on Belle Glade:  Data | Photos

Belle Glade ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in Florida.

The sheer volume of people passing through Belle Glade probably contributes to the high occurrence of violent crime within the city. There were 206 violent crimes in 2018.

Leesburg, FL

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Population: 23,029
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 759 (25th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,271 (11th most dangerous)
More on Leesburg:  Data | Photos

Leesburg isn’t the worst in state in terms of either violent or property crime statistics, but bad rankings in each earn it the title of the 10th most dangerous city in the Sunshine State.

The good news is that instances of property crime dropped between 2017-2018, but the bad news is that violent crime rose in the same time period.

That left Leesburg residents with a 1 in 131 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018, making the city the 25th most violent place in Florida.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Florida 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 204 cities in Florida.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 204 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 Florida — Florida City. 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 Florida.

Locking It All Up In Florida

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

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Florida City 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 Florida:

  1. Tequesta (Pop. 6,161)
  2. Marco Island (Pop. 18,122)
  3. Satellite Beach (Pop. 11,197)

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Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Florida?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Florida City 12,284 3,052 7,123
2 Lake City 12,182 1,214 7,043
3 Opa Locka 16,663 2,346 5,281
4 Palatka 10,365 1,061 6,078
5 Miami Beach 92,928 937 7,475
6 Lake Park 8,716 860 9,465
7 Panama City Beach 12,935 850 7,421
8 Daytona Beach 69,030 1,106 4,864
9 Belle Glade 19,877 1,036 3,959
10 Leesburg 23,029 759 5,271
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About Chris Kolmar

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He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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10 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Florida For 2020

  1. I think someone at RoadSnacks needs to learn the difference between a crime rate index and “danger.” Totally irresponsible journalism to call a city the “most dangerous” because it might have a higher rate of nonviolent crimes .

  2. Lake Worth government has allegedly been working alongside the local LE agency to fudge the public crime stats, particularly under-reporting crimes and ignoring things all together to drop off the lists and get more revenue.

    Don’t fall for it: this town is as awful as ever, and it is only getting worse.

  3. Well, this is crazy, i want to buy a house in bell glade but after i read this, i change my mind. But i keep reading and is look like i was living in a worse place, and un top of that… Now i don’t know, what to do. I mean i have live in Miami Beach for 10 years, and but i read about bell glade oand they talk like a really bad place. Iam from Brooklin, maybe we never talk bad about our city.

  4. Fort Pierce should be on the list.. and the sad part is it’s in a great spot but it’s just unsafe and you will regret every minute you live there. Land and houses are dirt cheap cause people avoid it like the plague. forget trying to have anything nice there… ghetto rats will steal it and one day you will be beaten near death or just murdered over nothing. It’s a wasteland.

  5. I’m in Boston but my plans for 2019 move to Florida thinking about opening a business and buy a house my problem is I don’t really know much about Florida I need a safe area for my kids I’m a mother of 3 girls but after reading this I felt so disappointed don’t know what to do now

  6. Hey slick, unless you mean down about an hour drive, there is no drive in movie theater near Lake City that I know of and I lived there well over 10 years up until just over a year ago.
    I was afraid to go near Jacksonville. But, yeah, Lake City has become pretty much a dump.

  7. You are ABSOLUTELY 100% incorrectly about Lake Park and would like a retraction or correct your statistics and republish!
    Lake Park has only 9,000 residents and your statistics are based on 100,000 people.
    You should due your due diligence before you daminish our Town of Lake Park!

  8. I am from Miami there are murders every day here, but they are not all reported. Why, cause of the tourism industry. I keep up with Miami stats I recorded and my records are from local news and friends who live in the city I recorded 153 murders but, Miami only shows 55 that’s a third of the actual stat Miami recorded, Miami is very dangerous so much my wife wont even go to a Dolphins game, and that sucks.

  9. I’m in Boston but my plans for 2019 move to Florida thinking about opening a business and buy a house my problem is I don’t really know much about Florida I need a safe area for my kids I’m a mother of 3 girls but after reading this I felt so disappointed don’t know what to do now./
    Please read that above : That’s why is not good to read if you are Stupid. Don’t believe every thing you see or read > its irresponsible to Write this stupid things here, people with weak mind can’t get crazy .

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