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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Missouri 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)

So what is the most dangerous city in Missouri? After analyzing 124 cities in Missouri, Springfield takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Missouri based on the most recent FBI data.

For 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.

The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Missouri For 2019

Springfield, MO

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

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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Overall SnackAbility

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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

Probably no surprise here, especially for residents of St. Louis. The second-biggest city in Missouri saw a 6,461 violent crimes within its city limits in 2017. 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.

Review Of St. Louis by HomeSnacks User

The city area has a higher crime rate than the suburbs, but St. Louis is one of those cities that seems to exist mostly in the suburbs. Except for a renovated waterfront area and the ballpark, most of the attractions in St. Louis are in the outskirts of the city.

The Waterfront area is very pretty and has a neat amount of shops and the train station is very wonderful. St. Louis also has a great zoo. Navigating around the city is difficult, as the traffic and highway system is confusing.

Bridgeton, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

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/10

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

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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

Joplin, with a population of around 52,412 has experienced decent amount of crime in recent years.

Currently, residents have a 1 in 14.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017 and a 1 in 165 chance of being the victim of violent crime. That’s good for a 6th overall ranking on our list of dangerous places in Missouri.

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

Located in the heart of the Show Me State, Poplar Bluff has the 8th worst rate of property crime in the state, with residents facing a 1 in 17th chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

The city had a 1 in 164 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

Review Of Poplar Bluff by HomeSnacks User

Lived there for over 30 years, never seen a city filled with so many rude and ignorant people. The highlight of the town (if you can call it that) is the Walmart, filled with the dregs of society. If you like used car lots, run down hotels, questionable Mexican restaurants, or McDonald’s, it’s the place for you! You can leave your turn signals at home, they don’t use them there.

There’s a new bypass that lets you go around the town now. It’s great.

Berkeley, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

5
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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

Berkeley ranks as the 8th most dangerous city in Missouri. It ranks 5th for violent crime and 20th for property crime (both per capita).

Overall, you had about a 1 in 16.6 chance of being the victim of crime in 2017.

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 takes the 9th spot in our analysis of the most dangerous cities in Missouri.

The rough and tumble nature of the town leaks into the crime stats.

The city ranks 11th for violent crime and 16th for property crime.

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

Kansas City is the least populated city on this list, as well as the least violent.

Residents of Kansas City faced a 1 in 22.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017.

Kansas City has been improving a lot lately too, with reductions in both violent and property crime between 2015-17.

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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9 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

  5. Something that this article doesn’t mention is HOW divided Springfield is. Yes, it is riddled with drugs and crime, but there are certain “areas” where you are more likely to be jumped. The North side of town is notorious for being the more dangerous sector, while the south side enjoys a rather peaceful lifestyle. On top of that, each highschool has its own identity. ie. Kickapoo High School is known for its better off (wealthy) inhabitants. Needless to say, Springfield is rather divided.
    Downtown is actually not as dangerous as one might expect, and is actually rather pleasing.

  6. First I am gonna say something then posting this Publicly
    How the hellA are ya going to sit there and slander Sedalia when you couldn’t even successfully provide any pictures from/of/with in city limits of Sedalia Missouri? You dn maps should at least picture of Sedalia then it wouldn’t look like you were inconsiderately slenderizing our town but you have never been here !
    First off (Sedalia) we don’t even have Wells Fargo Bank I don’t even think those exist in Missouri could even show one picture actual picture if and/or from @ Sedaliayep I guess you didn’t think anyone from SEDALIA WOULD SEE THIS⁉️ WELL I MAY TALK SLOW BUT I am Not “fuqtarded”! Even I would of been smart enough to at least go nlstated that wrong it’s not slander according to the to the definition that my Google Assistant showed me but it is according to the EFF website this does fall under a form of defamation towards Sedalia, MO!!!!
    Now iM posting this Publicly

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