These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Florida For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Sunshine State for 2018.

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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:

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

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.

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Florida for 2018?

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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in October 2018.

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 201 cities in Florida.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 201 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.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Florida Graph

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

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1. Florida City

Florida City, Florida

Population: 12,297
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,797
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,880
Florida City is just south of Homestead. Here, things are very dangerous, and getting worse by the year.

Residents have a 1 in 11.3 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 35 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, Marco Island, residents had a 1 in 234 chance of being robbed.

2. Cocoa

Cocoa, Florida

Population: 17,825
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,070
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,788
Seriously, what is up with the crime in Florida? Cocoa saw 369 violent crimes, including 3 murders in 2016. Your chance of having your life threatened is 1 in 48, and the odds of you being robbed is 1 in 14.7.

Cocoa is just inland from Cape Canavaral.

3. Opa Locka

Opa Locka, Florida

Population: 16,835
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,221
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,427
Opa Locka took the 3rd spot on our list.

Both violent crime (it ranks 2nd out of 201) and property crime seem to be pretty prevalent as it ranks 8th overall in that category.

Opa Locka has a relatively high population density, which might contribute to the above average property crime rate.

4. Lake City

Lake City, Florida

Population: 12,186
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,526
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,196
If you live in Lake City, you already know which parts of town to avoid. But did you know you have a 1 in 65 chance of being raped, attacked or outright killed every year? Those are the stats.

Plus, 1 in 13.9 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.

5. Lake Park

Lake Park, Florida

Population: 8,613
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,056
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,868
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 the other cities above it on the list.

What plagues Lake Park is the number of property crimes. You have a 1 in 10.1 chance of having something taken from you if you’re within the city limits here.

6. Miami Beach

Miami Beach, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 93,165
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,008
Property Crimes Per 100k: 9,036
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 940 instances in which someone within the city limits of Miami Beach was attacked or raped. Plus, there were 7 murders here in 2016.

The real threat is from getting robbed. Watch your back when you’re here; you have a 1 in 11.1 chance of being held up, having your car or home broken into, or having something you own vandalized.

7. Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach, Florida

Population: 65,495
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,242
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,408
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 15.6 chance of encountering a criminal who wants to steal from you. Plus, there were 814 violent crimes here, including 9 murders in 2016.

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

8. Panama City Beach

Panama City Beach, Florida

Population: 12,844
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 918
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,688
For a relatively small town, Panama City Beach has had an extensive amount of industrialization over the past 100 years.

This level of industrialization may contribute to the higher occurrences of crime within the city, good for a 1 in 11.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

9. Belle Glade

Belle Glade, Florida

Source: Public domain

Population: 18,405
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,602
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,248
The largest city in Palm Beach County, Belle Glade has experienced a 13% increase in its violent crime rate and a 19% rise in property crime rate between 2014-16.

Folks in Belle Glade had about a 1 in 19.1 chance of being robbed or burnt in 2016, which is just the heavy price you pay for living in Belle Glade.

10. Lake Worth

Lake Worth, Florida

Population: 38,021
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,341
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,939
Lake Worth jsut missed getting off the list for 2018, but couldn’t quite get crime under cotnrol enough.

Maybe next year they will improve on their violent crime rate, which still seems troubling-ly high for a city of its size.

Locking It All Up In Florida

The latest FBI crime data shows that Florida City ranks as the most dangerous city in Florida for 2018.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Florida City’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Florida:

  1. Marco Island
  2. Longboat Key
  3. Weston

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Florida

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Florida City 1 1 12,297 2,797 8,880
Cocoa 2 2 17,825 2,070 6,788
Opa Locka 3 6 16,835 2,221 6,427
Lake City 4 3 12,186 1,526 7,196
Lake Park 5 8 8,613 1,056 9,868
Miami Beach 6 4 93,165 1,008 9,036
Daytona Beach 7 5 65,495 1,242 6,408
Panama City Beach 8 7 12,844 918 8,688
Belle Glade 9 15 18,405 1,602 5,248
Lake Worth 10 9 38,021 1,341 4,939
Tallahassee 11 13 191,564 880 5,780
Leesburg 12 18 22,313 932 4,974
West Palm Beach 13 16 108,074 882 5,180
Orlando 14 10 277,719 838 5,220
Ocala 15 30 58,596 790 5,416
Palatka 16 11 10,362 781 5,664
Sanford 17 27 59,027 918 4,763
Panama City 18 12 38,847 710 5,400
Pompano Beach 19 26 109,362 851 4,759
Fort Lauderdale 20 24 181,218 631 5,865
Riviera Beach 21 14 34,304 1,384 3,909
Homestead 22 22 67,700 1,183 4,029
Miami 23 20 449,469 887 4,221
Holly Hill 24 37 12,002 591 5,815
Lauderdale Lakes 25 32 35,222 752 4,786
St. Petersburg 26 17 259,510 665 4,933
St. Augustine 27 21 14,359 766 4,512
Melbourne 28 31 80,900 824 4,088
Cocoa Beach 29 35 11,669 531 6,144
Pahokee 30 47 6,132 1,386 3,571
Live Oak 31 86 6,946 1,209 3,599
Titusville 32 38 45,723 776 4,085
Boynton Beach 33 41 75,141 658 4,753
New Port Richey 34 25 16,038 1,035 3,678
North Miami 35 33 62,974 720 4,125
Pembroke Park 36 29 6,379 548 5,188
Lantana 37 60 11,239 560 4,964
Bartow 38 44 19,322 626 4,497
Orange City 39 39 11,262 426 6,766
Pensacola 40 34 53,424 651 4,088
Deland 41 30,881 576 4,685
Brooksville 42 71 7,881 697 3,920
Jacksonville Beach 43 49 23,418 465 5,282
Kissimmee 44 51 71,197 713 3,750
Miami Shores 45 50 10,920 485 4,871
Delray Beach 46 67 67,400 574 4,216
North Miami Beach 47 55 44,442 677 3,795
Dade City 48 99 7,061 524 4,418
Hallandale 49 78 39,960 605 3,906
Gainesville 50 57 131,242 662 3,739
Okeechobee 51 85 5,604 374 5,692
Oakland Park 52 64 44,903 483 4,587
Lauderhill 53 42 72,504 902 3,216
Pinellas Park 54 43 52,113 404 5,085
Casselberry 55 65 27,220 562 3,919
Zephyrhills 56 56 14,833 343 5,925
Fort Pierce 57 19 44,987 704 3,427
Sarasota 58 45 55,732 522 3,945
Sebring 59 74 10,516 427 4,745
Fort Myers 60 59 76,579 1,236 2,824
West Park 61 58 15,285 791 3,231
Jacksonville 62 66 880,557 625 3,581
South Miami 63 28 12,354 453 4,379
Palm Springs 64 36 22,581 389 4,809
Ormond Beach 65 62 41,325 488 3,876
Dania 66 76 31,806 591 3,471
Crestview 67 81 23,749 509 3,777
Apopka 68 107 49,796 449 4,032
Perry 69 54 7,063 1,118 2,661
Wilton Manors 70 75 12,535 438 4,020
South Bay 71 53 5,147 1,282 2,389
Wildwood 72 79 6,788 736 2,946
Palmetto 73 40 13,371 703 3,081
Miami Gardens 74 73 114,349 649 3,210
Lakeland 75 70 105,766 318 4,832
Largo 76 69 81,402 479 3,671
Winter Haven 77 72 38,488 509 3,479
Clearwater 78 61 113,904 558 3,296
Starke 79 90 5,390 983 2,337
Key West 80 46 25,976 392 3,861
St. Pete Beach 81 52 9,654 362 3,998
Bradenton 82 63 55,518 590 3,085
Arcadia 83 82 7,893 810 2,394
Treasure Island 84 83 6,925 389 3,740
Green Cove Springs 85 88 7,352 761 2,339
New Smyrna Beach 86 102 24,658 417 3,406
Clewiston 87 23 7,579 474 3,166
Stuart 88 94 16,640 384 3,413
Plant City 89 80 37,949 413 3,296
Altamonte Springs 90 97 43,499 349 3,528
Aventura 91 91 38,009 168 5,075
Springfield 92 89 9,550 513 2,858
South Daytona 93 113 12,653 458 3,058
Alachua 94 121 9,900 424 3,090
Hollywood 95 96 151,510 378 3,293
Winter Park 96 111 30,359 329 3,409
Winter Garden 97 116 41,556 322 3,433
Longwood 98 98 14,171 352 3,288
Cutler Bay 99 108 45,799 331 3,342
Ocoee 100 120 45,330 295 3,465

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5 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Florida For 2018

  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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