These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Missouri For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Show Me State for 2019.

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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 for 2019:

  1. Springfield (Photos)
  2. St. Louis (Photos)
  3. Bridgeton (Photos)
  4. Nevada (Photos)
  5. Aurora (Photos)
  6. Joplin (Photos)
  7. Poplar Bluff (Photos)
  8. Berkeley (Photos)
  9. Sedalia (Photos)
  10. 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.

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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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Missouri

Most Dangerous Cities In Missouri Graph

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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.

Springfield, MO

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 168,654
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,338 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,853 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Springfield:  Data | Photos

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, MO

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Population: 310,284
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,082 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,041 (10th most dangerous)
More on St. Louis:  Data | Photos

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.

Bridgeton, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 11,703
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 743 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,211 (4th most dangerous)
More on Bridgeton:  Data | Photos

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, MO

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 8,198
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 731 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,209 (5th most dangerous)
More on Nevada:  Data | Photos

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.

Aurora, MO

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 7,508
Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 825 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,981 (18th most dangerous)
More on Aurora:  Data | Photos

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.

Joplin, MO

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 52,412
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 604 (18th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,114 (6th most dangerous)
More on Joplin:  Data | Photos

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, MO

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 17,264
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 608 (17th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,394 (8th most dangerous)
More on Poplar Bluff:  Data | Photos

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.

Berkeley, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 8,958
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,105 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,911 (20th most dangerous)
More on Berkeley:  Data | Photos

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, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 21,501
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 702 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,232 (16th most dangerous)
More on Sedalia:  Data | Photos

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.

Kansas City, MO

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 484,948
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,724 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,543 (26th most dangerous)
More on Kansas City:  Data | Photos

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:

  1. Greenwood (Pop. 5,733)
  2. Bonne Terre (Pop. 7,185)
  3. Ballwin (Pop. 30,299)

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Missouri

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Springfield 168,654 1,338 8,853
2 St. Louis 310,284 2,082 6,041
3 Bridgeton 11,703 743 8,211
4 Nevada 8,198 731 7,209
5 Aurora 7,508 825 4,981
6 Joplin 52,412 604 7,114
7 Poplar Bluff 17,264 608 6,394
8 Berkeley 8,958 1,105 4,911
9 Sedalia 21,501 702 5,232
10 Kansas City 484,948 1,724 4,543
11 Kennett 10,505 647 5,635
12 St. Joseph 76,435 573 6,732
13 Branson 11,571 458 12,462
14 Maplewood 7,843 471 8,274
15 Independence 117,055 551 5,725
16 Ferguson 20,789 721 4,516
17 Richmond Heights 8,362 514 5,728
18 Richmond 5,540 667 4,296
19 Vinita Park 11,061 1,274 3,697
20 Grandview 25,308 663 4,239
21 Raytown 29,224 564 4,824
22 St. Robert 6,020 448 5,498
23 Hannibal 17,791 517 4,715
24 Cape Girardeau 39,887 586 3,818
25 Bolivar 10,873 459 4,690
26 Sikeston 16,324 373 4,998
27 Clinton 8,817 521 3,867
28 University City 34,601 604 3,497
29 Rolla 20,147 555 3,668
30 Warrenton 8,168 624 3,281
31 Bellefontaine Neighbors 10,678 796 2,828
32 Carthage 14,292 426 4,149
33 Lebanon 14,739 298 4,932
34 Belton 23,312 368 4,045
35 Sullivan 7,132 238 6,183
36 Harrisonville 10,043 438 3,773
37 Neosho 12,237 286 4,862
38 Moberly 13,838 585 2,811
39 Union 11,447 244 4,857
40 West Plains 12,367 299 3,970
41 Columbia 122,585 497 2,934
42 Charleston 5,698 702 2,176
43 Washington 14,073 305 3,737
44 St. Ann 12,779 539 2,464
45 Pevely 5,748 365 3,114
46 Overland 15,760 272 3,565
47 Hazelwood 25,401 322 3,117
48 Fulton 13,160 265 3,503
49 Gladstone 27,390 438 2,566
50 Perryville 8,493 388 2,696
51 Jefferson City 42,989 353 2,917
52 Des Peres 8,567 140 5,486
53 Farmington 18,710 240 3,490
54 St. John 6,378 297 3,057
55 Kirksville 17,520 251 3,293
56 Cameron 9,765 491 2,089
57 Marshfield 7,341 231 3,201
58 Arnold 21,399 177 3,822
59 Ozark 19,688 238 2,966
60 Brentwood 7,991 150 4,042
61 Republic 16,316 300 2,304
62 Monett 9,048 176 3,647
63 Marshall 12,867 194 3,194
64 Troy 12,079 355 2,061
65 Blue Springs 54,727 219 2,923
66 Bowling Green 5,541 451 1,822
67 Shrewsbury 6,135 162 3,455
68 Boonville 8,482 259 2,298
69 Warrensburg 20,483 205 2,807
70 Normandy 7,544 357 1,922
71 St. Charles 69,804 226 2,528
72 Maryland Heights 27,083 288 2,134
73 Chillicothe 9,760 420 1,772
74 Excelsior Springs 11,592 181 2,648
75 Macon 5,360 186 2,518
76 Waynesville 5,381 297 1,914
77 Festus 12,187 336 1,723
78 De Soto 6,488 200 2,157
79 Florissant 51,693 208 2,002
80 Carl Junction 7,822 153 2,301
81 Webb City 11,259 115 2,851
82 Mexico 11,709 128 2,545
83 Park Hills 8,637 81 3,276
84 St. Peters 58,079 151 2,258
85 Liberty 30,850 233 1,760
86 Sunset Hills 8,498 188 1,800
87 Trenton 5,920 219 1,570
88 Grain Valley 13,825 159 1,945
89 Pleasant Hill 8,496 164 1,918
90 Peculiar 5,039 138 1,984
91 Parkville 6,685 179 1,735
92 Pacific 7,244 96 2,471
93 Lee’s Summit 96,855 137 1,929
94 Dexter 7,935 126 1,940
95 Oak Grove 8,019 99 2,232
96 Maryville 11,820 203 1,277
97 Wentzville 38,876 180 1,386
98 Crestwood 11,904 100 2,024
99 Raymore 21,110 71 2,150
100 O’Fallon 87,388 180 1,151

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5 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Missouri For 2019

  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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