These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Florida For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Sunshine State for 2019.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Florida?

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 Florida — and anyone looking to move to Florida — 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 Sunshine State for 2019:

  1. Florida City (Photos)
  2. Lake City (Photos)
  3. Lake Park (Photos)
  4. Opa Locka (Photos)
  5. Miami Beach (Photos)
  6. Daytona Beach (Photos)
  7. Leesburg (Photos)
  8. Cocoa (Photos)
  9. Panama City (Photos)
  10. Panama City Beach (Photos)

After analyzing 205 cities in Florida, why did Florida City 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 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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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Florida for 2019?

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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.

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 205 cities in Florida.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 205 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.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Florida.

Florida City, FL

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Population: 12,215
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,275 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,924 (3rd 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 12.6 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 43 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, Weston, residents had a 1 in 234 chance of being robbed.

Lake City, FL

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Population: 12,326
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,435 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,496 (4th 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 69 chance of being raped, attacked or outright killed every year? Those are the stats.

Plus, 1 in 13.3 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.

Lake Park, FL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 8,668
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,280 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,167 (2nd 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 12.2 chance of having something taken from you if you’re within the city limits here.

Opa Locka, FL

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Population: 16,668
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,949 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,663 (9th most dangerous)
More on Opa Locka:  Data | Photos

Opa Locka ranks in the top 4th worst rates of violent and property crime in the state.

Residents of Opa Locka faced a 1 in 51 chance of being the victim of violence, a rate which steadily increased from 2015-17.

Property crime did drop by a modest amount during this interval though.

Miami Beach, FL

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 92,571
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 954 (18th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,195 (1st 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 884 instances in which someone within the city limits of Miami Beach was attacked or raped. Plus, there were 4 murders here in 2017.

The real threat is from getting robbed. Watch your back when you’re here; you have a 1 in 12.2 chance of being held up, having your car or home broken into, or having something you own vandalized.

Daytona Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 67,564
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,107 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,652 (10th 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 17.7 chance of encountering a criminal who wants to steal from you. Plus, there were 748 violent crimes here, including 12 murders in 2017.

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

Leesburg, FL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 22,763
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,027 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,794 (8th most dangerous)
More on Leesburg:  Data | Photos

Leesburg has experienced an unfortunate boom in its crime rate recently.

Between 2015-17, violent crime and property crime increased.

That left residents of Leesburg with a 1 in 17.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime and a 1 in 97 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Cocoa, FL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 18,265
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,199 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,234 (15th most dangerous)
More on Cocoa:  Data | Photos

Seriously, what is up with the crime in Florida? Cocoa saw 219 violent crimes, including 1 murders in 2017. Your chance of having your life threatened is 1 in 83, and the odds of you being robbed is 1 in 19.1.

Cocoa is just inland from Cape Canaveral.

Panama City, FL

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 38,135
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 870 (23rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,167 (7th most dangerous)
More on Panama City:  Data | Photos

This trend holds true today as Panama City ranked 23rd for violent crime in Florida and 9th in the most dangerous overall ranking.

But it’s really parts of Panama City that you need to look out for. Certain neighborhoods have much more violent crime than others.

Panama City Beach, FL

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 12,987
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 839 (27th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,222 (5th most dangerous)
More on Panama City Beach:  Data | Photos

Panama City Beach ranked 5th overall for property crime, while 27th for violent crime.

Locking It All Up In Florida

The latest FBI crime data shows that Florida City ranks as the most dangerous city in Florida for 2019.

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. Marco Island (Pop. 18,089)
  2. Longboat Key (Pop. 7,400)
  3. Weston (Pop. 70,796)

For more Florida reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Florida

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Florida City 12,215 2,275 7,924
2 Lake City 12,326 1,435 7,496
3 Lake Park 8,668 1,280 8,167
4 Opa Locka 16,668 1,949 5,663
5 Miami Beach 92,571 954 8,195
6 Daytona Beach 67,564 1,107 5,652
7 Leesburg 22,763 1,027 5,794
8 Cocoa 18,265 1,199 5,234
9 Panama City 38,135 870 6,167
10 Panama City Beach 12,987 839 7,222
11 Belle Glade 19,280 1,234 4,600
12 Pembroke Park 6,347 1,197 4,632
13 Ocala 59,731 783 5,310
14 Riviera Beach 34,536 1,369 4,053
15 Orlando 283,982 744 5,454
16 Lake Worth 38,305 1,289 3,936
17 Dade City 7,214 970 4,255
18 Pompano Beach 111,027 862 4,800
19 West Palm Beach 109,459 827 4,819
20 Palatka 10,439 737 5,144
21 Tallahassee 192,455 780 4,898
22 Pahokee 6,149 1,219 3,740
23 Quincy 7,623 1,088 3,764
24 Melbourne 82,013 816 4,144
25 Fort Lauderdale 180,972 592 5,529
26 Lantana 11,322 627 5,219
27 Lauderhill 72,406 917 3,829
28 Sebring 10,679 636 5,037
29 North Miami 62,543 769 4,185
30 Lauderdale Lakes 35,144 859 3,841
31 St. Petersburg 263,712 698 4,312
32 Sanford 59,457 697 4,164
33 Homestead 69,276 968 3,582
34 Cocoa Beach 11,851 675 4,354
35 Perry 7,051 1,233 3,318
36 Miami 463,009 720 4,014
37 North Miami Beach 44,269 688 4,097
38 Jacksonville Beach 23,740 602 4,334
39 Orange City 11,478 444 6,455
40 Brooksville 8,047 683 3,802
41 Gainesville 132,777 716 3,598
42 Oakland Park 44,814 613 3,963
43 South Miami 12,291 480 5,036
44 Boynton Beach 76,845 579 4,132
45 West Park 15,272 949 3,241
46 Palm Springs 24,300 563 4,139
47 New Port Richey 16,388 848 3,264
48 Dania Beach 31,718 693 3,559
49 St. Augustine 14,500 689 3,531
50 Pensacola 54,072 589 3,833
51 Delray Beach 68,533 596 3,774
52 Starke 5,413 775 3,306
53 Miami Gardens 114,008 785 3,264
54 Jacksonville 894,638 631 3,526
55 Pinellas Park 52,635 435 4,574
56 Titusville 46,425 622 3,513
57 Casselberry 27,218 543 3,670
58 Fort Pierce 45,858 680 3,183
59 Fort Myers 79,918 940 2,761
60 Deland 32,406 567 3,483
61 Wilton Manors 12,861 489 3,763
62 South Bay 5,152 795 2,892
63 Hallandale Beach 39,896 568 3,358
64 Zephyrhills 15,145 290 5,004
65 Sarasota 57,383 562 3,422
66 Crestview 24,022 487 3,613
67 Gulfport 12,473 304 4,329
68 Apopka 50,833 442 3,700
69 Holly Hill 12,226 261 4,907
70 Plant City 38,798 530 3,286
71 Miami Shores 10,808 231 5,246
72 Bartow 19,889 492 3,318
73 Palmetto 13,581 655 2,908
74 Springfield 9,593 323 3,856
75 Arcadia 7,992 888 2,189
76 Largo 83,728 435 3,411
77 Clearwater 115,295 501 3,167
78 Mount Dora 14,104 567 2,921
79 Ormond Beach 42,625 473 3,251
80 Stuart 16,800 351 3,494
81 Kissimmee 71,130 492 2,957
82 Marianna 9,346 1,048 1,808
83 Lakeland 107,927 284 3,725
84 Aventura 38,039 157 5,105
85 Deerfield Beach 80,552 402 2,929
86 Winter Haven 39,859 481 2,789
87 Key West 27,399 368 2,952
88 Wildwood 7,810 563 2,381
89 Bradenton 56,821 524 2,541
90 Clewiston 7,735 452 2,727
91 Altamonte Springs 43,833 310 3,123
92 New Smyrna Beach 26,230 388 2,851
93 Plantation 93,995 245 3,284
94 Hollywood 153,893 289 3,028
95 South Daytona 12,882 341 2,841
96 Winter Park 30,602 287 3,120
97 Live Oak 6,984 644 1,847
98 Alachua 10,037 398 2,650
99 North Lauderdale 44,137 523 2,188
100 Treasure Island 6,977 243 3,224

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5 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Florida For 2019

  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.

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