The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana For 2021

We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Hoosier State for 2021.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Indiana and is updated for 2021.

It used to be where the biggest trick to avoiding danger in Indiana was to avoid Gary, Indiana. Sadly, that’s no longer the case.

While Gary does have its fair share of problems, it’s no longer the state’s most dangerous place. Indiana has done a pretty good job of keeping its crazy spread evenly across their state. And RoadSnacks is here to tell you just where the most dangerous places in Indiana for 2021 are located.

But first, this is how we determined Indiana’s most dangerous places: we consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 56 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents. We discovered that Indiana’s overall violent and property crime numbers, while above the national average, the numbers in the state’s most dangerous places could be better. And if you guessed that most of The Hoosier State’s crime is centered around the state’s biggest cities, you guessed right. Cities like Indianapolis and Evansville are being hit pretty hard with high unemployment, low wages, and high crime.

People always ask why we produce lists of the most dangerous places in each state. Well, we do it to show the public how to navigate the places that most people don’t want to visit, but still want to know the dirt. You know, the type of crimes that end up airing on Fort Wayne’s WANE at six or Lafayette’s crimestoppers at ten.

More importantly, don’t get lost wandering around Indiana’s most dangerous places; trust us, you might never make it out. Instead, take a look below at our list of Indiana’s most dangerous places. There might be some that surprise you.

The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Indiana For 2021

South Bend, IN

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Population: 101,944
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,331 (Most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,214 (Third most dangerous)
More on South Bend:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Home to the University of Notre Dame and Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend is the most dangerous place to live in Indiana for 2021.

South Bend is not a great place to leave the door to your house or car unlocked, seeing as the city had the highest burglary rate in Indiana and 561 car thefts recorded in 2019.

The bigger issue, though, is violent crime — folks in South Bend had a 1 in 75 chance of being the victim of an attack over the year, representing the highest worst violent crime rate in Indiana.

Which kind of makes South Bend’s motto — “Peace” — seem like a wish rather than a reflection of the current state of affairs.

Clarksville, IN

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Population: 21,630
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 545 (Seventh most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,839 (Most dangerous)
More on Clarksville:  | Cost Of Living

Up next on our list of Indiana’s least safe places is Clarksville, a suburb of Louisville, Kentucky.

While Clarksville isn’t on the top of this list, it does have the highest property crime rate by a pretty significant margin, with residents facing a 1 in 17 chance of having their stuff stolen or damaged over 2019.

That’s enough to actually give Clarksville the highest total crime rate in Indiana, even with only the seventh highest violent crime rate. We just hope nobody steals the fossils from the Falls of the Ohio State Park.

East Chicago, IN

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Population: 27,717
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 725 (Third most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,947 (Sixth most dangerous)
More on East Chicago:  | Cost Of Living

Everyone knows the stereotype that Chicago is dangerous, but the crime rate in East Chicago, Indiana is actually higher, by a significant margin.

East Chicago police have to contend with the third highest violent crime rate in Indiana, which includes the second highest murder rate.

And while 155 car thefts might not sound like a lot, remember that East Chicago only has a population of 27,717, meaning the prevalence of stolen cars is on par with South Bend.

Evansville, IN

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Population: 117,700
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 612 (Fifth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,177 (Fourth most dangerous)
More on Evansville:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Indiana’s third-biggest city, Evansville, goes by “Pocket City.” However, we think that “Pickpocket City” would be a more apt nickname, given that Evansville had 3,926 larceny cases in 2019.

Overall, Evansville residents had a 1 in 23 chance of being the victim of a property crime over the year. So definitely keep your winnings quiet after a big night out at Tropicana Casino.

Unfortunately, it’s not just small-time crime in Evansville — the city also had the fourth highest rate of rape cases in Indiana.

Gary, IN

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Population: 74,687
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 554 (Sixth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,556 (Tenth most dangerous)
More on Gary:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

It’s kind of a known thing that Gary, a former Mecca for manufacturing, has seen better days. It topped our list of Indiana’s worst places to live and one study even named it the most miserable city in America.

To quote a DEA agent, “we used to be the murder capital of the US, but there is hardly anybody left to kill. We used to be the drug capital of the US, but for that you need money, and there aren’t jobs or things to steal here.”

Unfortunately, he was a bit off the mark — Gary still has the highest murder rate in Indiana, averaging more than one per week in 2019. That’s a rate three times higher than in East Chicago, the place with the second-highest murder rate in Indiana.

And while there might not be as much to steal, that hasn’t stopped Gary’s criminals, who contributed to the city having the second highest burglary rate in Indiana.

Anderson, IN

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Population: 54,899
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 440 (Tenth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,817 (Seventh most dangerous)
More on Anderson:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Located about 45 minutes northwest of Indianapolis, Anderson comes in as the sixth most dangerous place to live in Indiana.

Anderson averaged more than one rape case per week in 2019, giving the city the highest rate of rape cases in the state.

While you can enjoy a lovely day out hiking at Mounds State Park, you should definitely triple lock your house before going out, considering Anderson also had the third highest burglary rate in Indiana.

Hammond, IN

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Population: 75,201
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 418 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,712 (Ninth most dangerous)
More on Hammond:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Situated a half-hour south of Chicago, Hammond “earned” its position on this list thanks to steadily high rates of both property and violent crime.

Hammond had the eighth highest murder rate in Indiana, logging 9 murders over 2019. Overall, the city reported 315 violent crimes over the year.

Don’t go showing off your winnings from Horseshoe Hammond Casino while you’re here because Hammond also saw 2,194 larceny cases over the year.

Speedway, IN

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Population: 12,202
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 311 (17th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,982 (Fifth most dangerous)
More on Speedway:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Speedway is an enclave of Indianapolis with a whole lot more crime than the bigger city. Residents of Speedway had a 1 in 25 chance of being the victim of a property crime over 2019, the fifth highest rate statewide.

We just hope none of the 48 car thefts reported went down at the Dallara IndyCar Factory, or police would have a tough time catching up to the thieves.

In fairness to Speedway, tourism probably contributes significantly to its above-average crime rates, so residents aren’t really to blame. Still, you should keep a close eye on your wallet if you’re in Speedway.

Kokomo, IN

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Population: 57,845
Rank Last Year: 18 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 677 (Fourth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,581 (18th most dangerous)
More on Kokomo:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

While Kokomo is known as the City of Firsts, we’re sure they’re happy to only rank as the ninth most dangerous city in Indiana for 2021. Kokomo’s population has grown by more than 25% in the past decade, and it seems the city is having a tough time keeping up with the growing crime rates that this population boom has contributed to.

Folks in Kokomo had a 1 in 147 shot of being the victim of an assault, rape, robbery, or murder in 2019. Looked at another way, Kokomo averaged more than one violent crime per day.

So while Kokomo is very proud of its We Care Park, we’re sure residents wished the city cared more about reducing crime.

Lafayette, IN

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Population: 72,585
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 484 (Ninth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,289 (13th most dangerous)
More on Lafayette:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Indiana’s 8th biggest city, Lafayette, is also its tenth most dangerous. Home to Purdue University, Lafayette has above average rates of both property and violent crime.

For instance, Lafayette had the fifth highest burglary rate in Indiana and the eighth highest rate of rape cases.

Overall, the city averaged just under one violent crime a day and more than six property crimes a day. Oh, and a robbery every week, just for good measure.

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Indiana

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Indiana for 2021?

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 2019 data, specifically the 2019 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2021.

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 Indiana cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 56 cities in Indiana.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 56 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 Indiana — South Bend. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.

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

Locking It All Up In Indiana

So what is the most dangerous city in Indiana? After analyzing 56 cities in Indiana, South Bend takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Indiana based on the most recently reported FBI data — 2019.

The latest FBI crime data shows that South Bend ranks as the most dangerous city in Indiana for 2021.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in South Bend and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.

Indiana might not be one of the top ten most dangerous states in the country, the state’s most dangerous places do need some work. Maybe more police? Security cameras? Drug programs? We’re not entirely sure. One thing that we are sure about, however, is that the number one most dangerous place in Indiana is South Bend.

If you want to know where the rest of the most dangerous places in Indiana are located, take a look at the list below. And if you don’t find what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.

Learn more about the safest places in Indiana.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

Here are the safest cities in Indiana:

  1. Noblesville (Pop. 64,567)
  2. Sellersburg (Pop. 8,949)
  3. West Lafayette (Pop. 49,154)
  4. Crown Point (Pop. 30,341)
  5. Fishers (Pop. 95,506)
  6. Westfield (Pop. 43,212)
  7. Carmel (Pop. 95,388)
  8. New Whiteland (Pop. 6,242)
  9. St. John (Pop. 18,478)
  10. Zionsville (Pop. 27,630)

For more Indiana reading, check out:

The Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 South Bend 101,944 1,331 4,214
2 Clarksville 21,630 545 5,839
3 East Chicago 27,717 725 3,947
4 Evansville 117,700 612 4,177
5 Gary 74,687 554 3,556
6 Anderson 54,899 440 3,817
7 Hammond 75,201 418 3,712
8 Speedway 12,202 311 3,982
9 Kokomo 57,845 677 2,581
10 Lafayette 72,585 484 3,289
11 Shelbyville 19,362 754 2,102
12 Marion 27,829 370 3,126
13 Seymour 19,941 205 4,352
14 La Porte 21,557 538 2,152
15 Fort Wayne 269,366 361 2,760
16 Crawfordsville 16,136 402 2,138
17 Rensselaer 5,820 206 3,487
18 Cumberland 5,894 186 3,732
19 Jeffersonville 47,723 238 2,809
20 Lawrence 49,432 360 2,198
21 Franklin 25,443 369 2,028
22 New Haven 15,821 297 2,060
23 Bedford 13,271 210 2,207
24 Elwood 8,379 286 2,028
25 Hobart 27,880 139 3,457
26 Greenwood 59,797 162 2,555
27 Columbus 47,991 139 2,998
28 Jasper 15,629 307 1,209
29 Plymouth 9,872 131 2,248
30 Portage 36,800 198 1,584
31 Whitestown 9,810 224 1,162
32 Plainfield 35,317 141 1,795
33 Merrillville 34,724 143 1,670
34 Portland 6,069 197 1,071
35 Ellettsville 6,731 148 1,262
36 Columbia City 9,203 130 1,488
37 Griffith 15,957 68 1,792
38 Highland 22,220 85 1,768
39 Westville 5,619 213 676
40 Hartford City 5,716 262 577
41 Bluffton 10,134 88 1,608
42 Munster 22,412 98 1,467
43 Brownsburg 27,005 148 944
44 Greenfield 22,800 92 1,333
45 Tipton 5,074 177 670
46 Chesterton 13,929 64 897
47 Noblesville 64,567 49 957
48 Sellersburg 8,949 55 849
49 West Lafayette 49,154 65 726
50 Crown Point 30,341 23 955

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8 thoughts on “The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana For 2021

  1. It’s not the city, it’s the lowlife, section 8er’s coming down I-65 on the Chicago/Indy drug pipeline. Since they’re killing each other on a regular basis in Chicago, they figured it was safer and easier to operate out of the small towns along the corridor. Complete scum.

  2. You mention Speedway in your article as being 45 minutes NW of Indianapolis. Who does your geographies? Speedway is located on the west side of Marion County and is surrounded by Indianapolis. Sorry, but this detail along with a few others (South Bend is the 4th most populous state in Indiana)…..really?? 4th most populous city maybe?? Who proof reads this crap??? Your article leaves much to be desired and because of the numerous flaws contained in your reporting, I’m call BS on the whole thing. Do some more research, learn the locations of the cities your reference and learn the difference between a state and a city……for starters.

  3. I disagree with your scientific method. The average of Violent crimes and property crimes ratings does not accurately reflect “safety”. In my opinion, a violent crime should be weighted higher than a property crime in the rankings. I would feel much less safe if someone got physically assaulted near my house than if something was stolen from their house. I would agree with the analysis much more if you used a 1.5 weighting for violent crimes.

    I also agree with Mike’s comment. This article needed to be proof read before it was posted. No one will take you seriously when you refer to a city as a state.

  4. Evansville is not that dangerous, its boring as hell but not dangerous enough to be in the top 3 cities.

  5. The Warsaw area is being misrepresented, after living here for 35yrs it has grown and has had people from the big cities move here but most of that is due to the huge job opportunities in the medical equipment and orthopedic industry, there’s good jobs and clean streets, most people are good people. The crime would be related to meth or the opiate epidemic that’s everywhere in the country, if you are a user then you would be more likely to be involved in a crime and be one of the perpetrators of the property crimes to get money for your habit. Unfortunately the law enforcement hits the DUI and traffic stop searches instead of going after the true crime but the addict has no money so they go after hard working people to make money off the citizenry. Statistics show that disaster occurs on the highways in drinkers who are 2 or 3 times the legal limit, the majority of busts are right at the legal limit and are not busted for driving bad but being out driving at the wrong time of the night. If you are a decent person who looks out for others and likes to have a good time occasionally this is a pretty good place to live. The one thing that could improve is food choices

  6. I live right next to Michigan City. The only killings I really hear about theres prolly 1 or 2 a year (Usually from Lake Michigan and the tide) And arson? Nothing is set on fire there. Ever? These kinds of articles are really funny. I go to michigan city all the time to shop, get food, doctor appointments. Its not like you go there and have to watch your back.

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