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 for 2019:
- Springfield (Photos)
- St. Louis (Photos)
- Bridgeton (Photos)
- Nevada (Photos)
- Aurora (Photos)
- Joplin (Photos)
- Poplar Bluff (Photos)
- Berkeley (Photos)
- Sedalia (Photos)
- Kansas City (Photos)
After analyzing 124 cities in Missouri, 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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Missouri
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Missouri 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 124 cities in Missouri.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 124 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.
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.
Residents here have a 1 in 86 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rape, aggravated assault, and murders.
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 16.6 in the state for property crimes.
Residents here in St. Louis have a 1 in 12.3 chance of being the victim of a crime in 2017, 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.
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 12.2 chance of being involved in a property crime.
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.
The 101st-largest city in Missouri is a dangerous one. Though crime looks like it ticked down recently, it’s still, statistically, the 5th most dangerous place in the state of Missouri.
Residents here have a 1 in 121 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rape, aggravated assault and murders.
Coming in 6th place for most dangerous places in Missouri is Joplin.
Here residents face a 1 in 165 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, and a 1 in 14.1 shot for property crime.
Property crime has been pretty consistent lately, while violent crime is on an upward trend, meaning it may overtake some of the other cities in a few years if the situation continues.
Poplar Bluff has more violent crime than most cities in the Show Me State.
While property crime dropped by 10% between 2015-17, violent crime rose by 11%, producing very little net gain for the city’s overall crime rate.
In 2017, Poplar Bluff residents had a 1 in 15.6 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
This smallish city, Berkeley ranks as one of the most dangerous places in Missouri.
Violent crime has been held steady in recent years and property crime has fallen.
Still, a 1 in 20.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime hardly seems like a cause for celebration.
Sedalia makes it into the top 10 most dangerous in Missouri. After a huge growth spurt in the 60’s and 70’s, people are actually leaving Sedalia in droves, which could be in part to its high criminal population.
As of the last FBI report, crime in Sedalia has been ticking upwards, and statistically, 1 in 19.1 residents here was recently the victim of a robbery or car theft.
The commercial hub of northwestern Missouri and the surrounding four corners region, Kansas City is the last city to make the cut.
Kansas City’s 2017 violent crime statistics ranked as the 2nd most in Missouri with a 1 in 57 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Locking It All Up In Missouri
The latest FBI crime data shows that Springfield ranks as the most dangerous city in Missouri for 2019.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Springfield 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 Missouri:
- Greenwood (Pop. 5,733)
- Bonne Terre (Pop. 7,185)
- Ballwin (Pop. 30,299)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Missouri