These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in Missouri For 2018


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

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Missouri?

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 Missouri — and anyone looking to move to Missouri — 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 Show Me State:

  1. Springfield (Photos)
  2. Bridgeton (Photos)
  3. St. Louis (Photos)
  4. Branson (Photos)
  5. Poplar Bluff (Photos)
  6. Bolivar (Photos)
  7. Joplin (Photos)
  8. Maplewood (Photos)
  9. Nevada
  10. Ferguson (Photos)

Why did Springfield 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 Missouri.

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 Missouri 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 119 cities in Missouri.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 119 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 Missouri — Springfield. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Missouri.

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

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

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1. Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 168,307
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,337
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,467
The third-largest city in Missouri is a dangerous one. Though crime looks like it ticked down recently, it’s still, statistically, the 1st-most dangerous place in the state of Missouri.

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Residents here have a 1 in 86 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rape, aggravated assault, and murders.

2. Bridgeton

Bridgeton, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,835
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 929
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,520
Located in Southwestern Missouri, Bridgeton Missouri is, statistically, a relatively dangerous hot spot. While violent crimes have edged down in recent years, property crimes have increased, and residents of Bridgeton have a 1 in 13.3 chance of being involved in a property crime.

3. St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 314,507
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,913
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,930
St. Louis, otherwise known as the “Live Entertainment Capital of the World” is certainly lively when it comes to nighttime activities. This tiny city on the Arkansas border ranks 16.9 in the state for property crimes.

Residents here in St. Louis have a 1 in 12.7 chance of being the victim of a crime in 2016, which was the last reporting year. That means if you live in St. Louis, someone you know was likely the victim of a theft, home break-in or arson.

4. Branson

Branson, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,593
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 724
Property Crimes Per 100k: 11,972
Branson, otherwise known as the ?Live Entertainment Capital of the World? is certainly lively when it comes to nighttime activities. This tiny city on the Arkansas border ranks first in the state for property crimes.

Residents here in Branson have a 1 in 8 chance of being the victim of a crime in 2016, which was the last reporting year. That means if you live in Branson, someone you know was likely the victim of a theft, home break-in or arson.

5. Poplar Bluff

Poplar Bluff, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 17,309
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 762
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,187
Poplar Bluff, located in Butler County, is the 5th most dangerous and 9th most violent city in Missouri.

Violent crime has remained high from 2014-16, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

6. Bolivar

Bolivar, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,790
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 732
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,949
Bolivar, located in Polk County, is the 6th most dangerous and 11th most violent city in Missouri.

Violent crime has remained high from 2014-16, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

7. Joplin

Joplin, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 52,001
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 632
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,267
Joplin, located in Jasper County, is the 7th most dangerous and 16th most violent city in Missouri.

Violent crime has remained high from 2014-16, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

8. Maplewood

Maplewood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,931
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 630
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,514
Maplewood is the least populated city on this list, as well as the least violent.

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Residents of Maplewood faced a 1 in 13.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2016.

Maplewood has been improving a lot lately too, with reductions in both violent and property crime between 2014-16.

9. Nevada


Population: 8,230
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 716
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,731
Nevada Missouri, located right along the Kansas border, has seen crime within its city limits head downwards over the last few years, but it?s still a relatively dangerous place.

Chances are if you live in Nevada, someone you know was the victim of a break-in or theft in recent years, as nearly 1 in 10 residents had a run in with a criminal since 2010.

10. Ferguson

Ferguson, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,032
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 808
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,187
Ferguson ranked towards the top for both violent crimes and property crimes per capita, finishing 8th and 18th respectively. Those numbers place it in the top 20% of cities in Missouri.

So while crime isn’t all that bad in Ferguson, it still could be a bit better.

Locking It All Up In Missouri

The latest FBI crime data shows that Springfield ranks as the most dangerous city in Missouri for 2018.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Springfield’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Missouri:

  1. Greenwood
  2. Cottleville
  3. Ballwin

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Missouri

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Springfield 1 1 168,307 1,337 8,467
Bridgeton 2 11 11,835 929 7,520
St. Louis 3 2 314,507 1,913 5,930
Branson 4 4 11,593 724 11,972
Poplar Bluff 5 13 17,309 762 6,187
Bolivar 6 16 10,790 732 5,949
Joplin 7 10 52,001 632 7,267
Maplewood 8 6 7,931 630 7,514
Nevada 9 3 8,230 716 6,731
Ferguson 10 14 21,032 808 5,187
Kansas City 11 12 478,364 1,654 4,356
Caruthersville 12 18 5,887 1,409 4,416
Kennett 13 8 10,610 631 5,494
St. Joseph 14 17 76,577 558 5,936
St. Robert 15 21 6,112 572 5,546
Aurora 16 5 7,471 736 4,162
Raytown 17 30 29,377 612 4,779
Sikeston 18 15 16,455 729 4,108
Independence 19 27 117,335 512 5,445
Sedalia 20 9 21,536 552 5,098
Warrenton 21 20 8,147 834 3,620
Richmond 22 23 5,558 611 4,246
University City 23 26 35,002 725 3,959
Cape Girardeau 24 19 39,738 593 4,096
Union 25 35 11,092 441 4,760
Harrisonville 26 72 9,975 451 4,741
Bellefontaine Neighbors 27 28 10,788 1,019 3,049
Richmond Heights 28 31 8,466 283 6,425
Sullivan 29 37 7,143 251 6,747
Hannibal 30 24 17,825 415 4,269
Grandview 31 38 25,412 543 3,411
Fulton 32 40 12,973 431 3,437
West Plains 33 34 12,334 291 4,686
Neosho 34 41 12,218 237 5,303
Overland 35 39 15,940 426 3,419
St. John 36 36 6,454 387 3,796
Clinton 37 22 8,878 292 4,021
Rolla 38 32 20,093 403 3,379
Lebanon 39 33 14,721 468 3,009
Farmington 40 29 18,564 414 3,237
Belton 41 54 23,170 306 3,694
Carthage 42 49 14,300 279 3,986
Brentwood 43 48 8,058 198 4,988
Marshfield 44 25 7,230 401 3,195
Jefferson City 45 45 43,171 403 3,052
Normandy 46 7,618 420 2,874
De Soto 47 56 6,512 399 3,055
Columbia 48 42 121,143 426 2,678
Festus 49 46 12,157 592 2,064
Washington 50 52 14,065 199 3,960
St. Ann 51 51 12,925 549 2,042
Marshall 52 70 13,031 314 2,716
Kirksville 53 63 17,521 234 3,264
Monett 54 64 9,006 222 3,331
Webb City 55 62 11,192 169 3,850
Arnold 56 60 21,461 186 3,653
Gladstone 57 78 27,138 313 2,538
Des Peres 58 55 8,611 92 5,330
Cameron 59 76 9,817 509 1,772
Perryville 60 61 8,431 486 1,743
Warrensburg 61 50 20,136 233 2,786
Oak Grove 62 97 7,956 263 2,614
Macon 63 59 5,427 294 2,082
Troy 64 47 11,730 264 2,250
Chillicothe 65 66 9,495 410 1,642
St. Charles 66 75 69,364 198 2,531
Olivette 67 89 7,893 240 2,052
Republic 68 69 16,219 209 2,238
Dexter 69 77 8,014 124 2,969
Blue Springs 70 82 54,445 148 2,755
Waynesville 71 98 5,467 329 1,554
Florissant 72 65 52,266 187 2,242
Excelsior Springs 73 71 11,562 95 3,165
Pevely 74 85 5,682 158 2,270
St. Peters 75 81 57,835 164 2,088
Mexico 76 58 11,691 76 3,147
Trenton 77 83 5,874 119 2,281
Ozark 78 57 19,366 118 2,432
Maryland Heights 79 80 27,374 200 1,716
Park Hills 80 96 8,676 138 2,120
Liberty 81 86 30,699 270 1,498
Shrewsbury 82 107 6,197 80 2,888
Boonville 83 53 8,423 83 2,659
Pacific 84 79 7,192 139 1,863
Maryville 85 90 11,855 286 1,164
Crestwood 86 87 11,977 91 2,304
Clayton 87 94 15,873 119 1,896
Moberly 88 73 13,900 50 2,561
Jackson 89 84 15,092 159 1,563
Chesterfield 90 103 47,939 118 1,810
Sunset Hills 91 74 8,548 116 1,848
Raymore 92 106 20,600 97 1,990
Kirkwood 93 99 27,793 104 1,802
Bonne Terre 94 122 7,175 222 933
Wentzville 95 100 36,938 165 1,326
Willard 96 117 5,485 164 1,312
Creve Coeur 97 108 18,367 119 1,529
Lee’S Summit 98 95 95,821 108 1,696
Lake St. Louis 99 102 15,534 90 1,853
Smithville 100 118 9,403 170 1,169
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4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in Missouri For 2018

  1. I hate to be the bearer of bad news here, but yes Branson is that bad. You just don’t hear about it because the city council won’t allow it in local papers or news.

    Spend a couple of days at court in Branson or better yet, sit in with Judge Williams over at Taney county where Branson sends most of it’s cases.

    Meth is out of control in the area. Branson, Hollister, Forsythe, all of the little towns around the area, riddled with drugs and thieves. Merriam woods is just as bad but it’s not big enough to warrant FBI attention so it appears safer than it is.

    I used to live in Branson. I saw what is hidden from tourists and trust me, the things I saw would kill that town if the media ever ran with the story. Unfortunately, the media is bought and paid for, so the youth suffer as poverty and addiction tear that community to pieces.

  2. People have been leaving Bridgeton in droves because the airport bought several entire subdivisions for the runway extension several years ago. I feel VERY safe here. Most crime is committed (such as theft) by persons not living in Bridgeton.

  3. Sorry, but this whole thing is flawed. “Dangerous” means, for most of us, a greater than average chance for physical harm. The stats for property crimes, by definition, exclude danger to people. Toss that part away, and then make a list.

  4. St. Louis we are bless from. Our history. Beautiful. City this is our home and land that we grew up on . St.Louis will stand . I love. My. Home. And. We are not. Going to let bad people. Destroy. Our native. Land and family .love the people St.louis

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