It seems there’s more to worry about than angry St. Louis Cardinal fans and trucks with loaded gun racks in Missouri, there are also super dangerous places.
To be honest, the good people of Missouri shouldn’t be too shocked. They are, after all, the tenth most dangerous state in the country. Silly fan fights and country folk that want to show off should be the least of the public’s concerns. What everyone should be concerned with is where you can live without fear in the Show Me State.
So, if you’re currently living in Missouri looking to relocate or are wanting to move to Missouri, RoadSnacks suggest you take a look at our most dangerous places in the Cave State for 2020 before you make any major life decisions.
Why’d we make this list? We did this for the people who don’t necessarily want to travel to these places, but want to know the facts. And the facts are as follows: one, the state’s violent and property crime is up above the national average and still climbing; and two, the effects of these numbers are continuing to claim many of Missouri’s biggest cities. Cities like Kansas City and Springfield just can’t catch a break.
How did we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 117 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents.
So, want to know the places in Missouri where the ‘lines are ALWAYS grey’ and the locals are hoping for better days? Keep reading.
It’s not entirely Missouri’s fault. There are close to 6.2 million people inside this flyover state; and in our experience, there’s bound to be problems with that many people.
What’s the place that has the most problems in Missouri–the state’s most dangerous city? The most dangerous place in Missouri would be Springfield.
Take a look at the list below to see the rest of Missouri’s most dangerous places.
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 2020
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.
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 5,525 violent crimes within its city limits in 2018. 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.
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 2018, 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.
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 16)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,308 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,380 (10th most dangerous)
More on Vinita Park: Data
A smaller city on this list, Vinita Park has experienced some wild swings in crime in recent years.
While instances of violent crime fell to 144 between 2017-2018, property crime now stands at 10th worst.
If they could get the same magic working for property crime as they have for violence, Vinita Park may one day be the idyllic place its residents want it to be.
The least populated city on this list, Maplewood’s crime rate has gotten pretty extreme.
Between 2017-2018, violent crime went up to 48 occurrences, leaving Maplewood’s residents a 1 in 169 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.
Property crime remained stagnant during these years, with residents of Maplewood having about a 1 in 11.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson each year.
Caruthersville has issues with a recent increase in crime.
That means residents of Caruthersville had a 1 in 80 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 20.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime.
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 17.2 chance of being involved in a property crime.
The 94th-largest city in Missouri is a dangerous one. Though crime looks like it ticked down recently, it’s still, statistically, the 8th most dangerous place in the state of Missouri.
Residents here have a 1 in 101 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rape, aggravated assault and murders.
Located in the western part of the state, Missouri’s capital, Poplar Bluff, is unfortunately in the top 26th for worst violent crime and 4th worst property crime rates in the state.
While violence fell between 2017-2018, property crime rose, meaning that, overall, Poplar Bluff’s instances of crime have been increasing.
Residents of Poplar Bluff had a 1 in 200 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 14.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2018.
Kansas City ranks as the 10th most dangerous city in Missouri.
Kansas City ranks as having the 2nd highest violent crime rate and 29th highest property crime rate.
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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Missouri for 2020?
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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
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 117 cities in Missouri.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 117 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 2020.
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:
- Ballwin (Pop. 30,151)
- Glendale (Pop. 5,881)
- Battlefield (Pop. 6,218)
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