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

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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 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.

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

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5
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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 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.

Review Of Las Vegas by HomeSnacks User

I love vacationing in Las Vegas. I’ve always stayed on the strip, but have had many excursions and experiences off the strip as well. I’ve hiked in the canyons and seen some breathtaking views, then gone to Mt. Charleston and seen even more than I had even imagined was there. I’ve always felt safe in my ventures there and have never had a bad experience when being there.

The entertainment you can find at any of the casinos is amazing. The free shows they put on, or the ones you have to purchase a ticket for never disappoint. I love how the strip feels like it is it’s own little city, and each casino offers a completely different theme and experience.

Sparks, NV

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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

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, NV

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6
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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 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, NV

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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 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, NV

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8
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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 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, NV

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7
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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 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, NV

Overall SnackAbility

7
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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 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, NV

Overall SnackAbility

8.5
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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 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.

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
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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 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.

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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 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)

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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
Download The Entire Nevada Ranking Data

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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