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.

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Nevada For 2020

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

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:

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’s motto might tout that the city is “a great place to live,” but its status as the most dangerous city in Nevada might stain that saying a bit.

Reno residents have a 1 in 41.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime every year.

Violent crime has also gone up nearly 30% between 2017-2018, with a higher than 1 in 154 chance of being the victim of violence.

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 comes in 2nd on our list for the most dangerous places in Nevada.

Residents of Las Vegas have a 1 in 29.0 chance of being the victim of a crime. For reference, the most dangerous place in the country has about a 1 in 5 chance of being the victim of a crime.

Las Vegas ranks as the highest city for property crime per capita which contributes to its high chance of crime.

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 is the 5th largest city in Nevada, and also just so happens to be the 3rd most dangerous city in the state.

Both violent and property crimes have been increasing at a troubling speed over the past few years.

While the 1 in 41.9 chance of being a property crime here might not seem so bad, I’d say it’s still not a number to celebrate.

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 has seen a rapid rise in its violent crime in recent years.

Between 2017-2018, the rate of violent crime increased a staggering amount, leaving North Las Vegas residents a 1 in 103 chance of being the victim of rape, murder, or assault in 2018.

Property crime also went up during this interval, but that’s a lot less scary than the boom in violence.

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 in Nevada.

The city has not seen any improvements in its violent crime in recent years, but property crime did drop between 2017-2018.

That’s good, because without this improvement, West Wendover’s property crime rate might be the worst in Nevada.

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 smallest city to make this list, but don’t let that fool you — the city is also one of the most violent in the state.

Carlin residents had a 1 in 66 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.

The only reason Carlin is so low on this list is because it has the lowest frequency of property crime (about 1 per 22 residents in 2018) of any city on this list.

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 has the 10th highest rate of violent crime, giving it a 8th place danger ranking overall.

Folks in Winnemucca had a 1 in 783 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018, a 5% increase from 2017.

Property crime went up during this interval, giving a Winnemucca resident a 1 in 43.3 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.

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

Henderson, located in Clark County, is the 9th most dangerous and 8th most violent city in Nevada.

Violent crime has remained high from 2017-2018, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

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

Mesquite coming in as the 10th most dangerous place in Nevada might surprise some.

But this fact may explain the mind-bogglingly high 1 in 63.9 chance residents faced of being the victim of a property crime in 2018 and the 1 in 595 chance of being the victim of violence.

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Nevada

Most Dangerous Cities In Nevada Graph

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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.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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