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.
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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Missouri
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Missouri For 2019
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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 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:
- Greenwood (Pop. 5,733)
- Bonne Terre (Pop. 7,185)
- Ballwin (Pop. 30,299)
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