These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana For 2019


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

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

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.

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

Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana Graph

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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.

Indianapolis, IN

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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.

South Bend, IN

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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.

Evansville, IN

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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

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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

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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.

Elkhart, IN

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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 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.

Warsaw, IN

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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

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, IN

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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 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.

East Chicago, IN

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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.

Gary, IN

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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.

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:

Detailed List Of 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
11 Peru 11,009 417 3,960
12 Lafayette 72,274 503 3,648
13 Hobart 28,066 331 4,165
14 Franklin 25,060 506 3,395
15 Kokomo 57,758 721 2,889
16 Shelbyville 19,047 1,107 2,798
17 Greenwood 57,484 518 3,239
18 Speedway 12,150 312 4,106
19 Seymour 19,604 336 3,733
20 Bloomington 85,121 520 3,035
21 Marion 28,385 341 3,723
22 Boonville 6,176 566 2,995
23 Muncie 68,814 357 3,619
24 Vincennes 17,847 134 5,726
25 Fort Wayne 266,259 357 3,179
26 Scottsburg 6,669 119 4,603
27 Kendallville 9,915 524 2,279
28 La Porte 21,681 475 2,546
29 Crawfordsville 16,011 474 2,566
30 Logansport 17,700 135 3,728
31 Highland 22,577 159 3,255
32 Charlestown 8,248 581 1,551
33 Cumberland 5,649 283 2,761
34 Plainfield 32,067 265 2,669
35 Merrillville 34,999 114 3,674
36 Greenfield 21,872 429 1,888
37 North Vernon 6,837 263 2,588
38 Jeffersonville 47,459 141 3,023
39 New Haven 15,481 245 2,163
40 Columbus 47,322 48 4,023
41 Rushville 6,022 49 3,852
42 Elwood 8,386 143 2,635
43 Lake Station 11,852 126 2,801
44 Goshen 33,195 78 3,367
45 Frankfort 15,873 94 3,156
46 Danville 9,783 378 1,175
47 Alexandria 5,004 179 1,998
48 Whitestown 7,464 187 1,862
49 Griffith 16,149 154 2,198
50 Batesville 6,705 238 1,446
51 Linton 5,221 76 2,815
52 Gas City 5,828 68 3,019
53 Mooresville 9,709 72 2,883
54 Portland 6,154 227 1,429
55 Beech Grove 14,831 114 2,279
56 Ellettsville 6,682 134 1,855
57 Huntingburg 6,143 325 895
58 Tipton 5,094 157 1,511
59 Valparaiso 33,329 144 1,512
60 Bedford 13,330 82 2,528
61 Jasper 15,577 224 1,027
62 Bargersville 7,441 120 1,693
63 Brownsburg 26,030 176 1,144
64 Plymouth 9,936 60 2,737
65 Munster 22,701 101 2,017
66 Decatur 9,541 104 1,435
67 Cedar Lake 12,286 73 1,611
68 Tell City 7,319 68 1,789
69 Nappanee 6,800 73 1,514
70 West Lafayette 46,541 105 1,001
71 Hartford City 5,873 119 800
72 Sellersburg 8,836 79 973
73 Noblesville 61,527 47 1,316
74 Westfield 38,542 57 1,014
75 Crown Point 29,399 34 1,132
76 Chesterton 13,497 59 866
77 Fishers 92,367 46 925
78 Dyer 15,869 25 850
79 Carmel 93,098 18 746
80 St. John 17,128 11 834
81 Lowell 9,552 20 62
82 New Whiteland 6,117 16 637

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4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana For 2019

  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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