It seems there’s more to worry about than angry St. Louis Cardinal fans and trucks with loaded gun racks in Missouri, there are also super dangerous places.
To be honest, the good people of Missouri shouldn’t be too shocked. They are, after all, the tenth most dangerous state in the country. Silly fan fights and country folk that want to show off should be the least of the public’s concerns. What everyone should be concerned with is where you can live without fear in the Show Me State.
So, if you’re currently living in Missouri looking to relocate or are wanting to move to Missouri, RoadSnacks suggest you take a look at our most dangerous places in the Cave State for 2020 before you make any major life decisions.
Why’d we make this list? We did this for the people who don’t necessarily want to travel to these places, but want to know the facts. And the facts are as follows: one, the state’s violent and property crime is up above the national average and still climbing; and two, the effects of these numbers are continuing to claim many of Missouri’s biggest cities. Cities like Kansas City and Springfield just can’t catch a break.
How did we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 117 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents.
So, want to know the places in Missouri where the ‘lines are ALWAYS grey’ and the locals are hoping for better days? Keep reading.
It’s not entirely Missouri’s fault. There are close to 6.2 million people inside this flyover state; and in our experience, there’s bound to be problems with that many people.
What’s the place that has the most problems in Missouri–the state’s most dangerous city? The most dangerous place in Missouri would be Springfield.
Take a look at the list below to see the rest of Missouri’s most dangerous places.
Learn more about the safest places in Missouri.
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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Missouri For 2020
The third-largest city in Missouri is a dangerous one. Though crime looks like it ticked down recently, it’s still, statistically, the 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.
Probably no surprise here, especially for residents of St. Louis. The second-biggest city in Missouri saw a 5,525 violent crimes within its city limits in 2018. That means that every day, on average, ~13 people are raped, attacked or killed in St. Louis.
On the bright side, crimes are actually declining at a steady clip over the last few years here. So, at least there’s progress.
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 2018, 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.
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 15)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,308 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,380 (10th most dangerous)
More on Vinita Park: Data
Vinita Park, a city in St. Louis County, has seen its crime increase overall for the last few years. According to the FBI, violent crimes have nearly doubled here, and residents have a 1 in 76 chance of being robbed.
Additionally, there were 144 attacks in a city of only 11,003 residents.
Maplewood might be one of the smallest city to make this list, but it proves that small towns can be every bit as dangerous as big cities.
Maplewood has seen their property crime statistics drop by over 10% from 2017-2018.
Still, for every year you’re within Maplewood city limits, you face a greater than 1 in 11.6 chance of being robbed.
Caruthersville experienced a rise in violent crime between 2017-2018.
Still, the 1 in 80 chance Caruthersville residents faced of being the victim of violence in 2018 is still lower than other places in the state.
Meanwhile, you have a 1 in 20.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime, making Caruthersville the 18th worst city in Missouri with regards to theft and arson.
The 94th-largest city in Missouri 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 Missouri.
Residents here have a 1 in 101 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rape, aggravated assault and murders.
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 17.2 chance of being involved in a property crime.
Poplar Bluff isn’t in the top for either category of crime, but a cumulatively bad score lands it in 9th place.
On the bright side, violent crime was reformed in a serious way between 2017, with the instances dropping to 85.
That amounts to a 1 in 200 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.
Kansas City Missouri 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 Kansas City, someone you know was the victim of a break-in or theft in recent years, as nearly 1 in 17.0 residents had a run in with a criminal last year.
Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Missouri
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Missouri for 2020?
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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
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 Missouri cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 117 cities in Missouri.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 117 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. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Missouri.
Locking It All Up In Missouri
The latest FBI crime data shows that Springfield ranks as the most dangerous city in Missouri for 2020.
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:
- Glendale (Pop. 5,881)
- Ballwin (Pop. 30,151)
- Battlefield (Pop. 6,218)
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