10 Most Dangerous Cities In Nevada For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Silver State for 2020.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Nevada and is updated for 2020.

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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.

Now, if you live in Nevada’s safest city, Boulder City, keep enjoying life; but if you don’t, we suggest you take a look at the list below. There might be some that surprise you.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Nevada for 2020:

  1. Reno (Photos)
  2. Las Vegas (Photos)
  3. Sparks (Photos)
  4. North Las Vegas (Photos)
  5. West Wendover (Photos)
  6. Carlin (Photos)
  7. Elko (Photos)
  8. Winnemucca (Photos)
  9. Henderson (Photos)
  10. Mesquite (Photos)

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.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Nevada

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Nevada For 2020

Reno, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 252,341
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 648 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,398 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Reno:  Data | Photos

Reno ranks as the most dangerous city in Nevada.

That’s due to it ranking 4th in violent crimes and 2nd in property crimes. Residents had about a 1 in 41.7 chance of being a victim of a property crime.

Review Of Reno by HomeSnacks User

Loads of schools both public and private, with more in the works. Big events year-round, averaging one biggie per month, ranging from hot air balloon races, rodeo, air races, food fests, nearby Burning Man, parades for numerous reasons, a growing art scene,….there’s just so much going on lately. Plus the casinos. All this and a decent sized river coursing downtown that hosts kayak contests. A construction boom is in progress.

Watch out for the poorly maintained roads, impatient tail riding drivers, and extreme temperatures; summer is very hot and winter is bone chilling cold with a lot of snow possible. Rain, hail, high winds, drought, avalanches flooding, wildfires, it has it all.

The sheer number of special events and stuff to do in a city this size is pretty amazing.

Las Vegas, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 1,644,390
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 605 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,838 (1st most dangerous)
More on Las Vegas:  Data | Photos

Las Vegas is the 5th most violent city, with residents facing a 1 in 165 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.

Progress has been made in recent years, however, reflected by a 12% drop in violent crime, and an 11% drop in property crime between 2017-2018.

Review Of Las Vegas by HomeSnacks User

Crime I would say is about the same as everywhere else, it happens everywhere. So far the school my kids have gone to have been good, though Nevada is rated low on education. I would recommend las vegas.

I would say my favorite places to go is to the mountains when it snows or even just to hike. The lake is also a good option. The casinos are just a small part of vegas. I would just say to be careful who you talk to here. You just never know.

Sparks, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 102,354
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 496 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,383 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Sparks:  Data | Photos

Sparks 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 Sparks, someone you know was the victim of a break-in or theft in recent years, as nearly 1 in 34.7 residents had a run in with a criminal last year.

North Las Vegas, NV

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 246,951
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 966 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,106 (6th most dangerous)
More on North Las Vegas:  Data | Photos

North Las Vegas is Nevada’s 4th biggest town and 4th most dangerous.

In recent years, the crime rate has changed dramatically in North Las Vegas, for better and for worse.

On the one hand, instances of violent crime dropped between 2017-2018, but on the other, a hike in property crime during this interval leaves North Las Vegas as the town with the 6th highest rate of property crime in Nevada.

West Wendover, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 4,290
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 979 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,794 (8th most dangerous)
More on West Wendover:  Data | Photos

West Wendover ranks as the 5th most dangerous city in Nevada.

The sheer volume of people passing through West Wendover probably contributes to the high occurrence of violent crime within the city. There were 42 violent crimes in 2018.

Carlin, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 2,319
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,509 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 948 (10th most dangerous)
More on Carlin:  Data | Photos

Carlin is the 6th most violent city in Nevada.

Unfortunately, Carlin has experienced a quick and steady rise in its crime in recent years, with both violent and property crime increasing between 2017-2018.

In 2018, residents of Carlin had a 1 in 66 chance of being the victim of violence.

Elko, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 20,764
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 457 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,133 (5th most dangerous)
More on Elko:  Data | Photos

Elko takes the 7th spot in our analysis of the most dangerous cities in Nevada.

The rough and tumble nature of the town leaks into the crime stats.

The city ranks 7th for violent crime and 5th for property crime.

Winnemucca, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 7,832
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 127 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,311 (4th most dangerous)
More on Winnemucca:  Data | Photos

Winnemucca is the 8th most dangerous city in Nevada.

There’s a 1 in 43.3 chance of being the victim of theft or arson — pretty darn high — and those numbers have remained consistently high in recent years.

Winnemucca is located in Humboldt County.

Henderson, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
/10

Population: 309,586
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 188 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,961 (7th most dangerous)
More on Henderson:  Data | Photos

Residents of Henderson faced an unbelievable 1 in 531 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018. That contributed to an overall ranking of 9th most dangerous in Nevada.

Review Of Henderson by HomeSnacks User

I lived in Las Vegas and moved to Henderson first week our cars were broken into. Lived there 2 1/2 yrs had things stolen 3x. Moved back to Vegas we’re we never had a problem.

Mesquite, NV

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 19,055
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 167 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,563 (9th most dangerous)
More on Mesquite:  Data | Photos

The 7th most populated city in Nevada, Mesquite ranks as the 10th most dangerous.

Mesquite’s crime problem has been slowly improving in recent years, with violent crime going down from 2017-2018, and property crime dropping.

Still, Mesquite residents face about a 1 in 63.9 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.

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 Nevada 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:

  1. Henderson (Pop. 309,586)
  2. Mesquite (Pop. 19,055)
  3. Boulder City (Pop. 16,112)

For more Nevada reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Nevada?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Reno 252,341 648 2,398
2 Las Vegas 1,644,390 605 2,838
3 Sparks 102,354 496 2,383
4 North Las Vegas 246,951 966 2,106
5 West Wendover 4,290 979 1,794
6 Carlin 2,319 1,509 948
7 Elko 20,764 457 2,133
8 Winnemucca 7,832 127 2,311
9 Henderson 309,586 188 1,961
10 Mesquite 19,055 167 1,563

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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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