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.
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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Nevada For 2020
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.
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.
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 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 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 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 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 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.
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.
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:
- Henderson (Pop. 309,586)
- Mesquite (Pop. 19,055)
- Boulder City (Pop. 16,112)
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