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:
- Florida City (Photos)
- Cocoa (Photos)
- Opa Locka (Photos)
- Lake City (Photos)
- Lake Park (Photos)
- Miami Beach (Photos)
- Daytona Beach (Photos)
- Panama City Beach (Photos)
- Belle Glade (Photos)
- 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.
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 for 2017 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.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Florida.
1. Florida City
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.
Population: 17,825Rank 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
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
Population: 12,186Rank 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
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 preperty 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
Population: 93,165Rank 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
Population: 65,495Rank 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
Population: 12,844Rank 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
Population: 18,405Rank 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
Population: 38,021Rank 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 troublingly 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:
- Marco Island
- Longboat Key
For more Florida reading , check out:
- 10 Small Towns In Florida Where You’d Never Want To Live
- These Are The 10 Most Boring Places In Florida
- These Are The 10 Most Ghetto Cities In Florida
Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Florida
|Panama City Beach||8||7||12,844|
|West Palm Beach||13||16||108,074|
|New Port Richey||34||25||16,038|
|North Miami Beach||47||55||44,442|
|St. Pete Beach||81||52||9,654|
|Green Cove Springs||85||88||7,352|
|New Smyrna Beach||86||102||24,658|