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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Florida
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Florida For 2020
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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 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 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.
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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:
- Tequesta (Pop. 6,161)
- Marco Island (Pop. 18,122)
- Satellite Beach (Pop. 11,197)
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