10 Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Hoosier State for 2019.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Indiana and is updated for 2019.

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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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Indiana for 2019:

  1. Indianapolis (Photos)
  2. South Bend (Photos)
  3. Evansville (Photos)
  4. Clarksville (Photos)
  5. Hammond (Photos)
  6. Elkhart (Photos)
  7. Warsaw (Photos)
  8. Anderson (Photos)
  9. East Chicago (Photos)
  10. Gary (Photos)

So what is the most dangerous city in Indiana? After analyzing 82 cities in Indiana, Indianapolis takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Indiana based on the most recent FBI data.

For 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.

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

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Indiana

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Indiana For 2019

Indianapolis, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 870,788
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,333 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,411 (6th most dangerous)
More on Indianapolis:  Data | Photos

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 74 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017, 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.

Review Of Indianapolis by HomeSnacks User

Indianapolis is a terribly boring city, perhaps the mosy boring major city in the US. The crime is not too badit’s not an unsafe city except in a few small areas. The schools in the suburbs are good; inside the city they’re variable. The housing stock is inexpensive but pretty boring.

Indy has a few good bars and restaurants. Otherwise, it’s lame, man. Super lame. Although long-time residents seem to like it. Maybe they don’t know any better-

South Bend, IN

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 101,857
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,044 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,007 (4th most dangerous)
More on South Bend:  Data | Photos

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 2015-17, violent crime also rose by 12%, leaving residents a 1 in 95 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Review Of South Bend by HomeSnacks User

Guys its not that bad and its actually really LGBT friendly! For one, our Mayor (Pete, you may have heard of him

They have first Fridays downtown every first Friday of a month and those are almost always a great time!

Art beat is a summer street fair held usually the first Friday of July. SUPER fun weekend.

Other fun summer activitys include our WHITE WATER RAFTING! pottery painting, the beautiful river lights, walking at our many parks or college campuses, or enjoying fresh fudge at our huge chocolate store!

The theater community is AMAZING! The Morris performing arts center hosts many professional touring shows and the local South Bend Civic Theater has OUTSTANDING productions and those are just two of the local theaters!

I rest my case.

Evansville, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 119,371
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 691 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,008 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Evansville:  Data | Photos

Evansville ranks as the 3rd most dangerous city in Indiana thanks to 6th place finish in violent crime and a 3rd place finish in property crime.

Those rankings contribute to a 1 in 17.5 of being the victim of a crime in Evansville.

Clarksville, IN

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 21,948
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 496 (18th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,462 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Clarksville:  Data | Photos

Located in south-central Indiana, Clarksville is the 4th most dangerous city in Indiana, and places 2nd 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 18.3 chance of being robbed in 2017 when within city limits.

Violent crime is relatively high, and the numbers aren’t getting better or worse, but the 1 in 201 chance of being the victim of violence makes Clarksville pretty dangerous.

Hammond, IN

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 76,550
Rank Last Year: 15 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 634 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,913 (13th most dangerous)
More on Hammond:  Data | Photos

Located in the northwestern corner of Indiana, Hammond is part of the Chicago metro area, and is only 27 miles southeast of Chicago itself.

From 2015-17, violent crime rose by 20%, with residents facing a 1 in 121 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

During the same time period, property crime fell by 18%, meaning overall criminality stayed the same.

Review Of Hammond by HomeSnacks User

I have lived here for over 15 years and have seen significant improvements in school and crime the past 4 years. The police now have a Blue net that helps them deal with a lot of the criminals coming from the 2 worst cities to share a border with E.C. and Gary. This city has a extremely great support for the elderly and they have a great college bound program for students of property owners.

Favorite thing about Hammond is the great variety of things to eat and vast community events that include the whole family along with some great bike trails.

Elkhart, IN

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 52,330
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,045 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,510 (21st most dangerous)
More on Elkhart:  Data | Photos

Elkhart is the 6th most dangerous city in Indiana.

Elkhart is crime country, with residents facing a 1 in 28.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year.

The trend is neither negative nor positive in Elkhart, as both violent and property crimes have remained stagnant over the last few years.

Warsaw, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 14,850
Rank Last Year: 22 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 498 (17th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,127 (9th most dangerous)
More on Warsaw:  Data | Photos

Warsaw is also the home to quite a bit of crime.

Despite the fact that violent crime and property crime dropped between 2015-17, Warsaw’s crime statistics are still pretty terrible.

In 2017, residents still faced a 1 in 200 chance of being the victim of violence, and a 1 in 613 chance of being the victim of a property crime for every year they spent in Warsaw city limits.

Anderson, IN

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Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 54,959
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 473 (21st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,399 (7th most dangerous)
More on Anderson:  Data | Photos

Anderson is the smallest city to make this list, mostly due to the instances of violent crime increasing between 2015-17, leaving residents a 1 in 211 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Additionally, from 2015-17 property crime increased, but that fact has a lot less to do with Anderson’s spot on this list than the city’s violent crime rate.

Review Of Anderson by HomeSnacks User

I don’t live in Anderson, but I work here as a mail carrier and have been all over this town. What can I say- This place is a dump. Nobody mows their lawn, most lawns are dead or covered in dog feces. Most of the homes are dilapidated, the city has recently started to demolish abandoned homes. Many of the residence are crackhead on welfare. It’s not unusual to see 3 or 4 abandoned homes in a row. Some selling for as low as 5K.

Many homes are rentals. They move in, don’t pay the rent, and a few months later they are evicted and the cycle repeats itself every few months.

Driving through the area you can see just how poor the area is. Some houses you swear are abandoned, boarded up windows, holes in the roof and people actually live their.

There are some homes here that have lots of character, but are in need of a lot of repair, but who wants spend 75-100K on a house in this dump- You won’t be able to recoup your money.

East Chicago, IN

Overall SnackAbility

2
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Population: 28,210
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 666 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,456 (22nd most dangerous)
More on East Chicago:  Data | Photos

Located in the northwest corner of the state, only 23 miles southeast of Chicago, East Chicago’s motto is “A City of Hope and Progress.”

To their credit, recent years show the city living by this motto, with an impressive 30% drop in violent crime and 33% drop in property crime from 2015-17.

That still left a 1 in 150 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017. But hey, progress is progress.

Review Of East Chicago by HomeSnacks User

Crime is high. School are below average and do not follow state standards as far as enforcing attendance and grading. It is dirty and run down. The mayor throws an end if the year party for the school kids where drugs and alcohol are consumed and laws are not enforced.

Most of the people that are employed are employed by the city. The tax payers are paying for old buildings to be refaced even though there hasn’t been a business in it for many years.

Gary, IN

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 75,808
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 621 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,404 (23rd most dangerous)
More on Gary:  Data | Photos

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 10th most dangerous place in Indiana — the city of steel has seen violent crime rise from 2015-17 and property crime go up too.

Maybe the 1 in 160 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.

Review Of Gary by HomeSnacks User

Gary is famous for its terrible crime and the destruction of the city. But I still have a soft spot in my heart about it because I grew up there

Back in the day, it was a friendly and vibrant town. Nowadays, people are afraid to go there and the population is shrinking.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Indiana 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 82 cities in Indiana.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 82 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.

Locking It All Up In Indiana

The latest FBI crime data shows that Indianapolis ranks as the most dangerous city in Indiana for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Indianapolis 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 Indiana:

  1. St. John (Pop. 17,128)
  2. Lowell (Pop. 9,552)
  3. New Whiteland (Pop. 6,117)

For more Indiana reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Indianapolis 870,788 1,333 4,411
2 South Bend 101,857 1,044 5,007
3 Evansville 119,371 691 5,008
4 Clarksville 21,948 496 5,462
5 Hammond 76,550 634 3,913
6 Elkhart 52,330 1,045 3,510
7 Warsaw 14,850 498 4,127
8 Anderson 54,959 473 4,399
9 East Chicago 28,210 666 3,456
10 Gary 75,808 621 3,404

About Chris Kolmar

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4 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana

  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.

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