These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in Missouri For 2017


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Show Me State for 2017.

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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:

  1. Springfield (Photos)
  2. St. Louis (Photos)
  3. Nevada
  4. Aurora (Photos)
  5. Branson (Photos)
  6. Maplewood (Photos)
  7. Jennings (Photos)
  8. Kennett (Photos)
  9. Sedalia (Photos)
  10. Joplin (Photos)

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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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Missouri for 2017?

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 second release of 2015 data, specifically the 2015 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2016 in September 2017.

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 123 cities in Missouri.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 123 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.

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1. Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 166,860
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,355
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,795
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.

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Residents here have a 1 in 86 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rape, aggravated assault, and murders.

2. St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 317,095
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,817
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,316
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 15.8 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 2015, 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.

3. Nevada


Population: 8,275
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,015
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,105
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.

4. Aurora

Aurora, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 7,437
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,371
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,064
The 99th-largest city in Missouri is a dangerous one. Though crime looks like it ticked down recently, it’s still, statistically, the 4th most dangerous place in the state of Missouri.

Residents here have a 1 in 72 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rape, aggravated assault, and murders.

5. Branson

Branson, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,517
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 711
Property Crimes Per 100k: 13,276
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 2015, 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.

6. Maplewood

Maplewood, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 7,945
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 629
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,344
Maplewood is not the refuge that you might be expecting — it ranks as the 6th most dangerous city in Missouri.

It has the 2nd highest property crime rate in the state.

On the plus side, it has the 17th highest overall violent crime rate, meaning it’s not even in the top 10% of cities in Missouri.

Put differently, violent crime isn’t a problem to the same extent property crime is in the city.

7. Jennings

Jennings, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 14,738
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,838
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,190
The tiny town of Jennings might not be familiar to most residents of Missouri. Situated right near the Arkansas state line, Jennings has really seen crime rise very quickly in the last few years.

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For instance, there were 271 violent crimes in the entire city. For a town of 14,738, that’s a lot.

Residents in Jennings have a 1 in 19.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime, according to the FBI.

8. Kennett

Kennett, Missouri

Source: Flickr

Population: 10,763
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,049
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,500
Kennett is the most populous city in Dunklin County.

Kennett experienced a massive rise in violent crime between 2013-15.

Property crime statistics, meanwhile, remained stagnant, with residents facing a 1 in 18.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson each year — the 14th highest rate in the state.

9. Sedalia

Sedalia, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,513
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 785
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,619
A city of Pettis County, Sedalia’s ranked as the 9th most dangerous city in Missouri.

With regards to crime, Sedalia has little to celebrate of late, with violent and property crime rates each going up by roughly 11% between 2013-15.

There’s now a 1 in 15.6 chance of being the victim of a crime.

10. Joplin

Joplin, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 51,412
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 606
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,834
Joplin has the 21st highest rate of violent crime, giving it a 10th place danger ranking overall.

Folks in Joplin had a 1 in 164 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2015, a 5% increase from 2014.

Property crime went up during this interval, giving a Joplin resident a 1 in 14.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2015.

Locking It All Up In Missouri

The latest FBI crime data shows that Springfield ranks as the most dangerous city in Missouri for 2017.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Springfield’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Missouri:

  1. Ballwin
  2. Bonne Terre
  3. Pleasant Hill

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Missouri

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Springfield 166,860 1,355 7,795
2 St. Louis 317,095 1,817 6,316
3 Nevada 8,275 1,015 7,105
4 Aurora 7,437 1,371 6,064
5 Branson 11,517 711 13,276
6 Maplewood 7,945 629 8,344
7 Jennings 14,738 1,838 5,190
8 Kennett 10,763 1,049 5,500
9 Sedalia 21,513 785 5,619
10 Joplin 51,412 606 6,834
11 Bridgeton 11,842 591 7,405
12 Kansas City 473,373 1,417 4,441
13 Poplar Bluff 17,289 549 7,629
14 Ferguson 21,059 902 4,772
15 Sikeston 16,376 1,093 4,366
16 Bolivar 10,630 620 5,305
17 Caruthersville 5,931 1,416 3,726
18 St. Joseph 77,035 515 5,885
19 Cape Girardeau 39,439 532 4,941
20 Warrenton 8,109 456 5,426
21 St. Robert 6,146 406 6,085
22 Clinton 9,018 432 5,333
23 Richmond 5,601 928 3,499
24 Marshfield 7,049 638 3,716
25 Hannibal 17,888 463 4,925
26 University City 35,058 601 3,830
27 Independence 117,639 425 5,152
28 Bellefontaine Neighbors 10,797 796 3,463
29 Farmington 18,321 594 3,482
30 Raytown 29,465 414 4,347
31 Richmond Heights 8,479 247 6,569
32 Lebanon 14,682 388 4,468
33 Rolla 19,995 550 3,465
34 West Plains 12,331 340 4,671
35 Union 11,002 363 4,199
36 St. John 6,466 386 4,005
37 Sullivan 7,044 227 5,252
38 Overland 15,967 432 3,363
39 Grandview 25,491 506 3,157
40 Neosho 12,205 253 4,252
41 Fulton 12,887 403 3,460
42 Columbia 118,911 504 3,056
43 Charleston 5,906 812 1,997
44 Hazelwood 25,659 342 3,410
45 Jefferson City 43,127 375 3,195
46 Festus 11,953 610 2,024
47 Troy 11,542 519 2,356
48 Brentwood 8,041 211 4,141
49 Carthage 14,234 231 3,688
50 Warrensburg 20,236 222 3,607
51 St. Ann 12,940 625 1,947
52 Washington 14,030 220 3,592
53 Boonville 8,392 262 3,300
54 Belton 23,170 319 3,094
55 Des Peres 8,573 139 4,537
56 De Soto 6,487 215 3,221
57 Ozark 19,110 235 3,071
58 Mexico 11,703 247 2,930
59 Macon 5,481 328 2,463
60 Perryville 8,434 450 1,956
61 Arnold 21,344 135 3,738
62 Webb City 11,085 108 4,185
63 Kirksville 17,662 294 2,174
64 Monett 8,941 178 3,198
65 Florissant 52,310 263 2,209
66 Chillicothe 9,520 451 1,785
67 Odessa 5,141 350 1,984
68 Salem 5,015 159 3,349
69 Republic 15,910 263 2,093
70 Marshall 13,032 337 1,987
71 Excelsior Springs 11,584 172 3,150
72 Harrisonville 9,971 180 3,048
73 Moberly 13,859 129 3,182
74 Sunset Hills 8,535 187 2,565
75 St. Charles 68,624 180 2,500
76 Dexter 7,992 162 2,902
77 Cameron 9,719 411 1,584
78 Gladstone 27,141 143 2,903
79 Pacific 7,139 266 1,792
80 Maryland Heights 27,390 189 2,037
81 St. Peters 56,923 172 2,185
82 Blue Springs 53,792 109 2,857
83 Trenton 5,944 117 2,658
84 Jackson 14,905 201 1,965
85 Pevely 5,646 123 2,497
86 Liberty 30,668 208 1,943
87 Crestwood 11,961 100 2,667
88 Bowling Green 5,550 108 2,450
89 Olivette 7,868 190 1,614
90 Eureka 10,626 103 2,089
91 Maryville 12,009 233 1,307
92 Grain Valley 13,328 187 1,575
93 Battlefield 6,009 99 1,997
94 Clayton 15,868 144 1,770
95 Lee’S Summit 94,450 104 1,883
96 Park Hills 8,581 34 2,447
97 Oak Grove 7,889 63 1,977
98 Waynesville 5,478 164 1,241
99 Kirkwood 27,690 90 1,802
100 Wentzville 35,084 111 1,370

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4 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in Missouri For 2017

  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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