These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Hoosier State for 2018.

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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. Indianapolis (Photos)
  2. South Bend (Photos)
  3. Elkhart (Photos)
  4. Clarksville (Photos)
  5. Evansville (Photos)
  6. Gary (Photos)
  7. Michigan City (Photos)
  8. Lafayette (Photos)
  9. Shelbyville (Photos)
  10. 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.

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 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.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana Graph

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Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Indiana.

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1. Indianapolis

Indianapolis, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 866,351
Rank 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.

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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

South Bend, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 101,621
Rank 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.

3. Elkhart

Elkhart, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,505
Rank 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.

4. Clarksville

Clarksville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,888
Rank 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.

5. Evansville

Evansville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 119,908
Rank 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.

6. Gary

Gary, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 76,556
Rank 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.

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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

Michigan City, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 31,459
Rank 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.

8. Lafayette

Lafayette, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,562
Rank 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.

9. Shelbyville

Shelbyville, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 19,137
Rank 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.

10. Franklin

Franklin, Indiana

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 24,774
Rank 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:

  1. St. John
  2. Carmel
  3. Fishers

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Indiana

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Indianapolis 1 2 866,351 1,374 4,794
South Bend 2 1 101,621 1,020 5,083
Elkhart 3 5 52,505 1,506 4,311
Clarksville 4 3 21,888 539 5,436
Evansville 5 4 119,908 635 4,904
Gary 6 8 76,556 600 4,724
Michigan City 7 13 31,459 591 4,590
Lafayette 8 6 71,562 503 4,214
Shelbyville 9 7 19,137 1,123 3,694
Franklin 10 20 24,774 464 4,234
Mishawaka 11 16 48,267 341 5,227
East Chicago 12 9 28,503 673 3,785
Speedway 13 10 12,189 328 5,185
Anderson 14 15 55,134 435 4,160
Hammond 15 12 77,005 701 3,578
North Vernon 16 6,599 439 3,939
Marion 17 23 28,926 397 3,996
Terre Haute 18 21 60,830 258 5,178
Avon 19 27 17,076 427 3,923
Kokomo 20 18 57,984 760 3,035
Hobart 21 11 28,223 290 4,577
Warsaw 22 31 14,657 491 3,500
Muncie 23 70,065 359 3,932
Cumberland 24 32 5,499 454 3,527
Kendallville 25 38 9,942 724 2,625
Greenwood 26 22 56,502 461 3,403
Lake Station 27 25 11,956 292 3,972
Charlestown 28 24 8,189 744 2,344
La Porte 29 42 21,891 424 3,494
Seymour 30 17 19,762 349 3,643
Bloomington 31 30 84,772 445 3,188
Fort Wayne 32 33 261,642 397 3,410
Peru 33 36 10,998 200 3,664
Goshen 34 47 33,166 150 3,835
Vincennes 35 34 17,937 78 4,738
Linton 36 5,259 152 3,650
Merrillville 37 48 35,276 138 3,744
Whitestown 38 41 6,850 467 1,941
Scottsburg 39 26 6,655 255 3,395
Crawfordsville 40 16,047 299 2,629
Plainfield 41 50 31,198 285 2,939
Columbus 42 44 47,222 72 4,114
Mooresville 43 55 9,675 155 3,049
Beech Grove 44 29 14,618 164 2,955
Bluffton 45 59 10,024 49 4,020
Logansport 46 28 17,699 84 3,582
Frankfort 47 40 15,987 112 3,258
Greenfield 48 37 21,653 263 2,142
Jeffersonville 49 39 47,327 137 2,894
Ellettsville 50 51 6,607 332 1,513
New Haven 51 15,886 239 2,222
Danville 52 57 9,729 390 1,233
Griffith 53 56 16,278 135 2,371
Elwood 54 62 8,427 142 2,076
Sellersburg 55 49 8,723 298 1,089
Alexandria 56 46 5,028 99 2,346
Batesville 57 53 6,628 226 1,508
Jasper 58 80 15,530 289 1,101
Bedford 59 61 13,335 82 2,579
Bargersville 60 68 7,053 85 2,311
Portland 61 6,183 194 1,310
Cedar Lake 62 71 12,085 107 1,803
Plymouth 63 78 10,037 69 2,211
Brownsburg 64 65 25,648 113 1,352
Auburn 65 67 13,010 76 2,006
Tipton 66 76 5,102 39 2,273
Hartford City 67 63 5,949 100 1,344
Munster 68 77 22,865 43 2,059
Gas City 69 52 5,931 16 2,293
West Lafayette 70 64 46,284 123 976
Decatur 71 58 9,474 52 1,815
Columbia City 72 74 8,873 67 1,634
Tell City 73 81 7,253 13 2,302
Lowell 74 79 9,476 126 770
Zionsville 75 84 26,877 115 401
Nappanee 76 69 6,812 14 2,011
Crown Point 77 29,086 30 1,244
Westfield 78 83 38,186 62 1,076
Dyer 79 86 15,983 37 1,094
New Whiteland 80 72 5,991 1,185
Fishers 81 85 91,100 27 1,031
Carmel 82 87 90,619 27 886
St. John 83 88 16,822 23 737
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2 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Indiana For 2018

  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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