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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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.

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

High crime rates and high poverty rates. Many thieves around those parts of Florida. The road work is horrible. Their is liquor stores on every corner in some parts of Florida city and I don’t think that’s what the kids need to grow up around.

It’s an all around horrible place to even drive through the people there are always watching you as you drive by like if they want to install fear in you.

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

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.

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

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.

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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Overall SnackAbility

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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 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.

Review Of Miami Beach by HomeSnacks User

miami beach is one of the best places I’ve visited beautiful beaches a very good hambiente and many different cultures the best place to spend a vacation

everything in miami beach went very well I got a good deal from the hotels nice people and lots of culture and activities in the streets my favorite place its beaches really the best

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 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.

Review Of Panama City Beach by HomeSnacks User

I love Panama City Beach. There is so much to do there! The beach is pristine with the white sand, and there is lots of fun to be had off of the beach as well. There are numerous restaurants and night life. There is an outlet mall and many stores and shops throughout town filled with goodies. Especially if you have a family, there are tons of fun activities such a mini golf, go kart riding, mazes, arcades, amusement rides, and so much more. Panama City Beach is an exciting place to be!

Hammerhead Freds was a great place to eat! The beach itself was wonderful and a great way to spend the day!

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 2017.

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

Belle Glade, FL

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Overall SnackAbility

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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 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, 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 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.

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 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:

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

For more Florida reading, check out:

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

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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9 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.

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