These Are The 5 Most Dangerous Cities In Nevada For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Silver State for 2018.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Nevada?

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 Nevada — and anyone looking to move to Nevada — 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 5 cities are currently the most dangerous in the Silver State:

  1. Las Vegas (Photos)
  2. Reno (Photos)
  3. West Wendover
  4. North Las Vegas (Photos)
  5. Elko (Photos)

Why did Las Vegas 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 Nevada.

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 Nevada for 2018?

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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.

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 2,000 in population. That left us with 13 cities in Nevada.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 13 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 Nevada — Las Vegas. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Nevada.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Nevada Graph

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Read on for a detailed look at the 5 most dangerous cities in Nevada.

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1. Las Vegas

Las Vegas, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 1,592,178
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 849
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,889
Las Vegas takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Nevada. And while that’s probably not a major surprise to that many people, it’s how the data plays out.

So that makes this just as good a time as any to say that even though Las Vegas ranks as having the highest violent crime rate in the state, it’s really not all that “dangerous”. You see, your chance of being a victim of a violent crime is only about 1 in 117 and those odds go down further the more common sense you use.

So while there might be some more violent parts of town, overall, the quality of life can be quite high in one of the most dangerous cities in Nevada.

2. Reno

Reno, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 244,554
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 702
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,243
Reno is the smallest city to make this list, mostly due to the instances of violent crime increasing between 2014-16, leaving residents a 1 in 142 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.

Additionally, from 2014-16 property crime increased, but that fact has a lot less to do with Reno’s spot on this list than the city’s violent crime rate.

3. West Wendover

West Wendover, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 4,271
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 561
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,394
West Wendover is not the refuge that you might be expecting — it ranks as the 3rd most dangerous city in Nevada.

It has the 5th highest overall violent crime rate.

On the plus side, property crime ranks 1st in the state, meaning it’s not even in the top 10% of cities in Nevada.

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

4. North Las Vegas

North Las Vegas, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 238,554
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 954
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,212
North Las Vegas’s population ranks as the 4th biggest in Nevada, which probably helped earn it a place on this list.

Whether crime relates to the population is anyone’s guess, but at least North Las Vegas’s been handling its crime problem well.

Property crime stands at 7th overall while violent crime clocks in at 1st overall.

5. Elko

Elko, Nevada

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,687
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 493
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,881
Elko is the 5th most dangerous city in Nevada overall.

From 2015, the property crime rate dropped, which is good news for people who like knowing that their stuff is safe.

The bad news for people who like their safety, though, is that violent crime ranks 6th in Nevada.

Locking It All Up In Nevada

The latest FBI crime data shows that Las Vegas ranks as the most dangerous city in Nevada for 2018.

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

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

  1. Yerington
  2. Boulder City
  3. Mesquite

For more Nevada reading , check out:

    Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Nevada

    City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
    Las Vegas 1 1 1,592,178 849 2,889
    Reno 2 3 244,554 702 3,243
    West Wendover 3 4 4,271 561 3,394
    North Las Vegas 4 6 238,554 954 2,212
    Elko 5 5 20,687 493 2,881
    Sparks 6 7 97,269 447 2,518
    Carlin 7 8 2,291 829 1,091
    Fallon 8 2 8,433 201 2,727
    Henderson 9 10 291,584 211 1,880
    Winnemucca 10 9 7,978 350 1,855
    Mesquite 11 11 17,969 122 1,869
    Boulder City 12 12 15,661 121 1,047
    Yerington 13 13 3,067 65 586

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