When you come home from work, what are the first things you do? Do you immediately lock the doors? Do you keep your blinds down or only trust the windows open when you are in the room?
If so, you may be living in one of the more dangerous cities in Florida.
If you live in Florida or are thinking of moving to Florida, you probably have heard that Florida is an amazing place to live, but is home to some not so safe cities. One aspect of living that we wish we didn’t have to think about but have to frequently is safety. When we go to sleep at night we like to feel secure as we drift off to sleep. We don’t want to have to worry about our safety constantly, so finding a place to live that isn’t very dangerous is always on the top of people’s lists. So how can you make a smart decision about where to live based off safety levels?
Luckily for you, RoadSnacks has figured that out. We have compiled all of the FBI crime data and discovered which cities in Florida should be avoided, based on safety. This way, you can move to Florida and know exactly what you are getting into safety-wise. Interested if big cities like Tampa or Miami made the list?
We analyzed 204 cities in Florida and determined which cities were the most dangerous based on the most recent FBI crime data.
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, Daytona Beach, and Panama City, but who knew they were some of the most dangerous places in Florida?
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.
Opa Locka placed 3rd in our ranking of the most dangerous cities in the Sunshine State.
This city’s violence now stands a 1 in 42 chance of being the victim of a violent crime. That compares to a 1 in 18.9 chance of being the victim of property crime. That’s pretty bad for a city of about 16,663 people.
The 158th most populated city in the state, Palatka is considered the cultural center of northeastern Florida.
It is also the center of quite a bit of crime, but at least Palatkans are working on fixing it — violent crime was reduced by 4% between 2015-17, and property crime by 5%.
Still, residents had around a 1 in 94 chance of being the victim of violence and about a 1 in 16.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.
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 2017.
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 ranks in the top 7th worst rates of violent and property crime in the state.
Residents of Panama City Beach faced a 1 in 117 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.
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 2017.
There are far safer tourist spots in Florida where you can relax and unwind.
Belle Glade is the 9th most dangerous city in Florida.
From 2015-17, violent crime went up by 25%, leaving residents with about a 1 in 96 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.
Leesburg ranks as the 10th most dangerous city in Florida with the 25th highest violent crime rate in the state.
However, the city ranks as one of the poorer in Florida according to one of earlier analyzes, so that must also contribute to a higher than average crime rate.
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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 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 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.
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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