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:
- Florida City (Photos)
- Lake City (Photos)
- Lake Park (Photos)
- Opa Locka (Photos)
- Miami Beach (Photos)
- Daytona Beach (Photos)
- Leesburg (Photos)
- Cocoa (Photos)
- Panama City (Photos)
- 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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Florida
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 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.
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 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 is way out on Route 26 near Wyoming. If you’re passing through, lock your car doors. Residents here have a 1 in 17.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime, which is the second highest in the state.
Job growth is negative here, which isn’t a good sign. Crime is typically contained on the south end of town.
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.
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.
The 7th place ranking for most dangerous in Florida goes to Leesburg .
Residents have a 1 in 97 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which means rape, murder or aggravated assault. That’s pretty high, but for a state like Florida, that’s just unacceptable.
Additionally, if you live in Leesburg, you have a 1 in 17.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and tractor implements.
There were 5 murders in Leesburg in 2017.
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.
The 74th most populated city in Florida, Panama City ranks as the 9th most dangerous.
Panama City’s crime problem has been slowly improving in recent years, with violent crime going down from 2015-17, and property crime dropping.
Still, Panama City residents face about a 1 in 16.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.
Located in Bay County, Panama City Beach has the 5th worst rate of property crime in Florida.
Instances of property crime went up between 2015-17, with 2017’s rate being 1 in 13.8.
Violent crime went to 27th worst overall during this time.
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:
- Marco Island (Pop. 18,089)
- Longboat Key (Pop. 7,400)
- Weston (Pop. 70,796)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Florida
|10||Panama City Beach||12,987|
|19||West Palm Beach||109,459|
|37||North Miami Beach||44,269|
|47||New Port Richey||16,388|
|92||New Smyrna Beach||26,230|