These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana For 2017


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Hoosier State for 2017.

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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.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Hoosier State:

  1. South Bend (Photos)
  2. Indianapolis (Photos)
  3. Clarksville (Photos)
  4. Evansville (Photos)
  5. Elkhart (Photos)
  6. Lafayette (Photos)
  7. Shelbyville (Photos)
  8. Gary (Photos)
  9. Speedway (Photos)
  10. East Chicago (Photos)

Why did South Bend 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.

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

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Indiana for 2017?

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 second release of 2015 data, specifically the 2015 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2016 in September 2017.

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 89 cities in Indiana.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 89 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. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Indiana.

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1. South Bend

South Bend, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 101,240
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 711
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,343
South Bend is the 4th most populous state in Indiana, and is the economic and cultural hub of northern Indiana.

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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 2013-15, violent crime also rose by 12%, leaving residents a 1 in 140 chance of being the victim of violence in 2015.

2. Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 863,675
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,287
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,790
Indiana’s capital, Indianapolis, is the second largest city in the Midwest after Detroit. It is also the 2nd most dangerous city in the whole state.

Anyone who spends a year in Indianapolis faced a 1 in 77 chance of being the victim of violence in 2015, 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.

3. Clarksville

Clarksville, Indiana

Source: Flickr

Population: 21,911
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 538
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,165
Located in south-central Indiana, Clarksville is the 3rd 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 14.0 chance of being robbed in 2015 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.

4. Evansville

Evansville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 120,414
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 587
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,117
Evansville? On a list of most dangerous cities in Indiana? Yep.

Evansville residents faced 1 in 19.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2015.

That’s about a 10% drop from 2014, when Evansville’s rate would have been even worse.

5. Elkhart

Elkhart, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,566
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,473
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,111
A smaller city on this list, Elkhart has experienced some wild swings in crime in recent years.

While instances of violent crime fell to 760 between 2013-15, property crime now stands at 19th worst.

If they could get the same magic working for property crime as they have for violence, Elkhart may one day be the idyllic place its residents want it to be.

6. Lafayette

Lafayette, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,100
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 662
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,656
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 150 chance of being the victim of violence in 2015.

While violence has been dropping at a modest pace, property crime has gone up by 14% in recent years.

7. Shelbyville

Shelbyville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,176
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,413
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,780
A city in Shelby County, Shelbyville has seen crime become a problem over the last decade.

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Perhaps that has something to do with the high rate of violent crime, with residents facing a 1 in 70 chance of being the victim of violence in 2015.

On the bright side, instances of property crime fell during this time period.

8. Gary

Gary, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 77,336
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 588
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,392
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 8th most dangerous place in Indiana — the city of steel has seen violent crime rise from 2013-15 and property crime go up too.

Maybe the 1 in 169 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.

9. Speedway

Speedway, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,172
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 410
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,069
The smallest city to make this list, Speedway is located 45 miles northwest of Indiana’s capital, Indianapolis.

The small city experienced a large rise in violent crime between 2013-15.

Still, Speedway is the 23rd most violent place on this list, with residents facing about a 1 in 243 chance of being the victim of violence in 2015.

10. East Chicago

East Chicago, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 28,814
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 853
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,821
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 2013-15.

That still left a 1 in 117 chance of being the victim of violence in 2015. But hey, progress is progress.

Locking It All Up In Indiana

The latest FBI crime data shows that South Bend ranks as the most dangerous city in Indiana for 2017.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit South Bend’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:

  1. St. John
  2. Carmel
  3. Dyer

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Indiana

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 South Bend 101,240 711 5,343
2 Indianapolis 863,675 1,287 4,790
3 Clarksville 21,911 538 7,165
4 Evansville 120,414 587 5,117
5 Elkhart 51,566 1,473 4,111
6 Lafayette 71,100 662 4,656
7 Shelbyville 19,176 1,413 3,780
8 Gary 77,336 588 4,392
9 Speedway 12,172 410 5,069
10 East Chicago 28,814 853 3,821
11 Hobart 28,463 277 5,702
12 Hammond 77,803 669 3,352
13 Michigan City 31,497 257 4,936
14 New Albany 36,649 221 5,197
15 Mishawaka 48,164 251 4,800
16 Anderson 55,275 421 3,905
17 Seymour 19,345 273 4,698
18 Kokomo 57,143 762 3,039
19 Rushville 6,116 196 5,150
20 Franklin 24,513 363 4,042
21 Terre Haute 60,997 250 4,680
22 Greenwood 55,395 379 3,745
23 Marion 29,163 366 3,833
24 Charlestown 8,172 905 2,325
25 Scottsburg 6,634 467 3,105
26 Lake Station 12,080 190 4,710
27 Avon 16,610 337 3,642
28 Beech Grove 14,592 198 3,974
29 Logansport 17,954 172 4,628
30 Warsaw 14,461 449 2,745
31 Cumberland 5,416 369 3,323
32 Bloomington 84,015 372 3,189
33 Fort Wayne 259,712 378 3,058
34 Vincennes 17,944 133 4,697
35 Boonville 6,142 488 2,263
36 Peru 11,006 190 3,707
37 Greenfield 21,573 431 2,183
38 Kendallville 9,918 423 2,167
39 Jeffersonville 46,764 239 3,019
40 Frankfort 16,085 186 3,413
41 Whitestown 5,984 484 1,955
42 La Porte 22,000 154 3,513
43 Washington 12,149 238 2,913
44 Columbus 46,640 87 4,511
45 Huntingburg 6,039 612 1,424
46 Alexandria 5,048 277 2,218
47 Goshen 32,441 107 3,773
48 Merrillville 35,570 134 3,331
49 Plainfield 31,123 160 3,000
50 Sellersburg 8,122 517 1,342
51 Gas City 5,999 150 2,650
52 Ellettsville 6,536 321 1,866
53 Angola 8,631 34 3,950
54 Batesville 6,546 427 992
55 Mooresville 9,629 51 3,634
56 Griffith 16,424 97 2,800
57 Danville 9,731 205 1,592
58 Bluffton 9,985 20 3,445
59 Decatur 9,436 127 2,161
60 Portage 36,741 141 1,943
61 Bedford 13,341 67 2,473
62 Hartford City 5,999 83 2,300
63 Elwood 8,451 141 1,822
64 West Lafayette 32,758 122 1,840
65 Brownsburg 23,770 147 1,581
66 Auburn 12,855 62 2,279
67 Bargersville 6,823 58 2,286
68 Highland 22,983 47 2,453
69 Nappanee 6,733 118 1,826
70 North Manchester 5,960 100 1,963
71 Cedar Lake 11,922 117 1,677
72 New Whiteland 5,890 169 848
73 Garrett 6,320 63 2,072
74 Columbia City 8,843 101 1,741
75 Valparaiso 32,519 104 1,645
76 Tipton 5,151 38 2,174
77 Munster 22,990 69 1,870
78 Plymouth 10,113 49 1,997
79 Crawfordsville 16,007 2,274
80 Lowell 9,429 127 816
81 Tell City 7,254 27 2,054
82 Jasper 15,392 110 994
83 Chesterton 13,479 96 1,268
84 Westfield 36,681 87 1,112
85 Zionsville 26,306 83 383
86 Fishers 88,724 23 1,061
87 Dyer 16,110 12 1,142
88 Carmel 88,511 14 987
89 St. John 16,430 18 529
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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana For 2017

  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.

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