Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Indiana?
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 Indiana — and anyone looking to move to Indiana — 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 Hoosier State:
- Indianapolis (Photos)
- South Bend (Photos)
- Elkhart (Photos)
- Clarksville (Photos)
- Evansville (Photos)
- Gary (Photos)
- Michigan City (Photos)
- Lafayette (Photos)
- Shelbyville (Photos)
- Franklin (Photos)
Why did Indianapolis 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 Indiana.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Indiana 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 83 cities in Indiana.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 83 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 — Indianapolis. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Indiana.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Indiana.
Population: 866,351Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,374
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,794
Indiana’s capital, Indianapolis, is the second largest city in the Midwest after Detroit. It is also the 1st most dangerous city in the whole state.
Anyone who spends a year in Indianapolis faced a 1 in 72 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016, a ~10% rise from 2011.
Property crime has also been going up in recent years, but at only a third the rate of violent crime.
2. South Bend
Population: 101,621Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,020
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,083
South Bend is the 4th most populous state in Indiana, and is the economic and cultural hub of northern Indiana.
The populations been growing for the first time in 50 years, but the crime numbers remain relatively high.
Though property crime fell by 25% from 2014-16, violent crime also rose by 12%, leaving residents a 1 in 97 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
Population: 52,505Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,506
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,311
Tiny Elkhart, statistically, is the 1st most violent city per capita in the entire state of Indiana.
While crimes here skyrocketed in 2015, apparently, local jurisdictions have made progress, as crimes went down in 2016. However, for a town of just over 52,505 people, 791 violent crimes is eye opening. Statistically, 1 in 66 residents was the victim of a rape, attack or was killed last year.
Population: 21,888Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 539
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,436
Located in south-central Indiana, Clarksville is the 4th most dangerous city in Indiana, and places 1st for property crime.
Though the city has seen a 12% drop in property crime in recent years, anyone in Clarksville still faced a 1 in 18.4 chance of being robbed in 2016 when within city limits.
Violent crime is relatively high, and the numbers aren’t getting better or worse, but the 1 in 185 chance of being the victim of violence makes Clarksville pretty dangerous.
Population: 119,908Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 635
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,904
Evansville is the smallest city to make this list, mostly due to the instances of violent crime increasing between 2014-16, leaving residents a 1 in 157 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
Additionally, from 2014-16 property crime increased, but that fact has a lot less to do with Evansville’s spot on this list than the city’s violent crime rate.
Population: 76,556Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 600
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,724
Gary, Indiana has taken a lot of heat from us lately — we named it the worst mid-sized city to live in in all of America.
As it turns out, it’s also the 6th most dangerous place in Indiana — the city of steel has seen violent crime rise from 2014-16 and property crime go up too.
Maybe the 1 in 166 chance of being the victim of a violent crime is part of the reason that the population has been falling dramatically since the 60’s.
7. Michigan City
Population: 31,459Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 591
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,590
Michigan City is the 7th most dangerous city in Indiana overall.
From 2015, the property crime rate dropped, which is good news for people who like knowing that their stuff is safe.
The bad news for people who like their safety, though, is that violent crime ranks 12th in Indiana.
Population: 71,562Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 503
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,214
Located 65 miles northwest of Indianapolis, Lafayette has experiencde a 20% growth in population since 2000.
Perhaps this rapid boom aided in Lafayette’s position on this list, with residents facing a 1 in 198 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
While violence has been dropping at a modest pace, property crime has gone up by 14% in recent years.
Population: 19,137Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,123
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,694
Shelbyville ranks 3rd and 26th for violent and property crime.
And while the city is about half a violent as some other cities, its below average score still earns it the title of 9th most dangerous city in Indiana.
The good news is that violent crime was reduced by about 10% from 2014-16, but the bad news is that property crime rose by 21% in that period.
Population: 24,774Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 464
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,234
Franklin is the least populated city on this list, as well as the least violent.
Residents of Franklin faced a 1 in 23.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2016.
Franklin has been improving a lot lately too, with reductions in both violent and property crime between 2014-16.
Locking It All Up In Indiana
The latest FBI crime data shows that Indianapolis ranks as the most dangerous city in Indiana for 2018.
However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Indianapolis’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Indiana:
- St. John
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