10 Most Dangerous Cities In Missouri


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

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Missouri and is updated 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.

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Missouri

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Missouri For 2019

Springfield, MO

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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.

Review Of Springfield by HomeSnacks User

The police here pat their selfs on the back every time crime drops 1%. R**e, drug crimes, death by car wrecks is common. Homeless are shipped here from KC. The city council has issues with the north side of town. Very little money is spent there but the south side of town money is poured into it. The mayor lives on the south side.

Lots of good Restaurants to eat at. Sams is good

Lots of small family run businesses. Small towns around Springfield are great to visit. And Flea markets abound

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

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

Being in a new place is so different,everything is different but the people are great. I got tot meet some really good people along the way.

Of course the Arch stands out more than anything else in St. Louis. There is no bad side to it at all

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

4
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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

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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

This trend holds true today as Joplin ranked 18th for violent crime in Missouri and 6th in the most dangerous overall ranking.

But it’s really parts of Joplin that you need to look out for. Certain neighborhoods have much more violent crime than others.

Poplar Bluff, MO

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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

Today, Poplar Bluff is the 7th most dangerous city in the state.

Unlike other cities on the list, Poplar Bluff has seen a recent boom in crime, with violent crime going up from 2015-17, and property crime also going up.

Watch your wallet in Poplar Bluff, because there’s a 1 in 15.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime while you’re there.

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 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
/10

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 experienced a drop in its property crime rate between 2015-17.

That’s a difference of residents having about a 1 in 15 shot of being the victim of theft or arson at the beginning to a 1 in 20.4 shot in 2017.

Violent crime, meanwhile, remained at around the same level.

Sedalia, MO

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Overall SnackAbility

3
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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 ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in Missouri according to the FBI data.

The city ranks as having the 16th highest property crime rank and 11th highest violent crime rank in the Show Me State.

Kansas City, MO

Overall SnackAbility

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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 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.

Kansas City has seen their property crime statistics drop by over 10% from 2015-17.

Still, for every year you’re within Kansas City city limits, you face a greater than 1 in 22.0 chance of being robbed.

How Is Your Town In ?

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.

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)

For more Missouri reading, check out:

Where Are 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

About Chris Kolmar

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9 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Missouri

  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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