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 for 2019:
- Indianapolis (Photos)
- South Bend (Photos)
- Evansville (Photos)
- Clarksville (Photos)
- Hammond (Photos)
- Elkhart (Photos)
- Warsaw (Photos)
- Anderson (Photos)
- East Chicago (Photos)
- Gary (Photos)
After analyzing 82 cities in Indiana, 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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Indiana
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Elkhart has seen a continuous drop in crime of late — just not at a quick enough rate to get it off this list.
And with residents still facing a 1 in 28.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime, there’s little cause for celebration. In fact, the latest FBI report shows that there were 547 violent crimes in a town of only 52,330 in 2017.
The 47th-largest city in Indiana is a dangerous one. Though crime looks like it ticked down recently, it’s still, statistically, the 7th most dangerous place in the state of Indiana.
Residents here have a 1 in 200 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rape, aggravated assault and murders.
Anderson ranks as the 8th most dangerous city in Indiana according to the FBI data.
The city ranks as having the 7th highest property crime rank and 21st highest violent crime rank in the Hoosier State.
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.
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.
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:
- St. John (Pop. 17,128)
- Lowell (Pop. 9,552)
- New Whiteland (Pop. 6,117)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana