The most dangerous places in Nevada are going to need more than beginner’s luck to turn their situations around: they’re going to need a miracle.
We’re not talking about a huge fire at the Burning Man Festival dangerous or riding your motorcycle without a helmet through Death Valley dangerous (although those are pretty dangerous…). We’re talking about violent and property crime numbers that helped to seal Nevada’s spot as the 11th most dangerous state in the country. The state had close to 600 violent crimes, people.
Yes, The Silver State definitely has its fair share of dangerous places and those are the Nevada places where you’ll find the most crime. So, if you’re looking to move to the ‘Wild West’, we suggest you take a look at RoadSnacks’ list of the most dangerous places in Nevada for 2020.
How’d we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 11 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 2,000 residents. And unfortunately folks, some of the Nevada cities on this list made some pretty big jumps-in the wrong direction- from last year.
We were not shocked to see most of Nevada’s crime is centered around its bigger cities. Cities like Las Vegas and Reno can’t catch a break. Maybe tourists. Maybe locals. We’re not entirely sure; either way, these cities are in trouble.
This is not a list that any city in any state wants to make. You probably won’t see a sign entering the most dangerous place in a state that reads “Number one Most Dangerous City in Nevada”: it’s not something to brag about. But, people need to know.
What’s the most dangerous city in Nevada? Without further adieu, the most dangerous city in Nevada is Reno.
Take a look at the list below to see the rest of Nevada’s most dangerous places; and if you don’t see what you’re looking for there, head to the bottom.
Learn more about the safest places in Nevada.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Nevada
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Nevada For 2020
Reno ranks 1st overall for dangerous places in Nevada.
In 2018, residents faced a 1 in 154 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Reno’s violent crimes have risen 8% in recent years, meaning it’s on track to overtake the role of most dangerous city in Nevada in the not too distant future.
Las Vegas ranks as the 2nd most dangerous city in Nevada. It ranks 5th for violent crime and 1st for property crime (both per capita).
Overall, you had about a 1 in 29.0 chance of being the victim of crime in 2018.
Coming in 3rd place for the most dangerous places in Nevada is Sparks.
Here residents face a 1 in 201 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, and a 1 in 41.9 shot for property crime.
Property crime has been pretty consistent lately, while violent crime is on an upward trend, meaning it may overtake some of the other cities in a few years if the situation continues.
North Las Vegas has the 6th worst property crime rate in the state.
Property crime rose between 2017-2018, leaving residents of North Las Vegas with a 1 in 47.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
At least violent crime fell during this interval.
West Wendover coming in as the 5th most dangerous place in Nevada might surprise some.
But this fact may explain the mind-bogglingly high 1 in 55.7 chance residents faced of being the victim of a property crime in 2018 and the 1 in 102 chance of being the victim of violence.
Carlin places 6th in our list of the most dangerous cities in Nevada.
Violent crime is an issue here as it ranks 1st in the state for that criteria, while ranking 10th for property crime.
High levels of unemployment and poverty probably contribute to above average rates of crime.
Elko is another city that represents its county as one of the most dangerous places in Nevada.
Coming in at 7th on our list, Elko mixes (relatively) middle of the pack violent crime and property crime without (relatively) excelling in either one.
We say relative because while its crime rates are middle of the pack for the top ten, they are still high for Nevada as a whole.
Winnemucca earns a 8th place ranking overall.
Between 2017-2018, violent crime and property crime increased, leaving Winnemucca residents with a 1 in 43.3 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
Henderson ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in Nevada with the 8th highest violent crime rate in the state.
However, the city ranks as one of the poorer in Nevada according to one of earlier analyzes, so that must also contribute to a higher than average crime rate.
Mesquite Nevada 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 Mesquite, someone you know was the victim of a break-in or theft in recent years, as nearly 1 in 57.7 residents had a run in with a criminal last year.
How Is Your Town In ?
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Nevada 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 2,000 in population. That left us with 11 cities in Nevada.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 11 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 — Reno. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Nevada.
Locking It All Up In Nevada
The latest FBI crime data shows that Reno ranks as the most dangerous city in Nevada for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Reno 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 Nevada:
- Henderson (Pop. 309,586)
- Mesquite (Pop. 19,055)
- Boulder City (Pop. 16,112)
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