Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Nevada?
We all watch the news and see reports on Facebook of the latest crimes that happen in our hometowns. But it can be hard to tell at a big picture level how dangerous our town actually is.
No one wants to feel unsafe, and statistically speaking, odds are that where you live is most likely relatively safe. In order to help the good people of Nevada — and anyone looking to move to Nevada — know just how close they are to danger, we took data from the annual FBI report and did some serious analysis.
The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Silver State for 2019:
- West Wendover (Photos)
- Reno (Photos)
- North Las Vegas (Photos)
- Fallon (Photos)
- Las Vegas (Photos)
- Elko (Photos)
- Carlin (Photos)
- Sparks (Photos)
- Winnemucca (Photos)
- Henderson (Photos)
After analyzing 13 cities in Nevada, why did West Wendover take the top spot?
For the answer to this question and a detailed explanation of the data and analysis we used in creating this ranking, read on.
Or learn more about the safest places in Nevada.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Nevada
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Nevada for 2019?
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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.
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 13 cities in Nevada.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 13 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 — West Wendover.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Nevada.
West Wendover’s motto might tout that the city is “a great place to live,” but its status as the 1st most dangerous city in Nevada might stain that saying a bit.
West Wendover residents have a 1 in 30.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime every year.
Violent crime has also gone up nearly 30% between 2015-17, with a higher than 1 in 156 chance of being the victim of violence.
The 2nd place ranking for most dangerous in Nevada goes to Reno .
Residents have a 1 in 148 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which means rape, murder or aggravated assault. That’s pretty high, but for a state like Nevada, that’s just unacceptable.
Additionally, if you live in Reno, you have a 1 in 32.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and tractor implements.
There were 19 murders in Reno in 2017.
North Las Vegas Nevada is, statistically, a relatively dangerous hot spot. While violent crimes have edged down in recent years, property crimes have increased, and residents of North Las Vegas have a 1 in 41.9 chance of being involved in a property crime.
Fallon is home to the 4th most dangerous population in Nevada.
Violent crime has been decreasing of late, but the 1 in 28.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime has been fairly consistent.
Located in Clark County, Las Vegas hasn’t experienced much of a change in its crime statistics recently.
Its relatively poor violent crime statistics went up between 2015-17, while property crime fell by a very small amount to 47,896 occurrences.
Elko is the 6th most violent city in Nevada.
Unfortunately, Elko has experienced a quick and steady rise in its crime in recent years, with both violent and property crime increasing between 2015-17.
In 2017, residents of Elko had a 1 in 256 chance of being the victim of violence.
Carlin ranks 7th overall for dangerous places in Nevada.
In 2017, residents faced a 1 in 99 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Carlin’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.
This trend holds true today as Sparks ranked 7th for violent crime in Nevada and 8th in the most dangerous overall ranking.
But it’s really parts of Sparks that you need to look out for. Certain neighborhoods have much more violent crime than others.
Winnemucca has seen a rapid rise in its violent crime in recent years.
Between 2015-17, the rate of violent crime increased a staggering amount, leaving Winnemucca residents a 1 in 193 chance of being the victim of rape, murder, or assault in 2017.
Property crime also went up during this interval, but that’s a lot less scary than the boom in violence.
Henderson ranks as the 10th most dangerous city in Nevada.
That’s due to it ranking 10th in violent crimes and 9th in property crimes. Residents had about a 1 in 54.6 chance of being a victim of a property crime.
Locking It All Up In Nevada
The latest FBI crime data shows that West Wendover ranks as the most dangerous city in Nevada for 2019.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in West Wendover 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:
- Mesquite (Pop. 18,476)
- Boulder City (Pop. 15,804)
- Yerington (Pop. 3,147)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Nevada
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