Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in North Carolina?
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 North Carolina — and anyone looking to move to North Carolina — 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 Tar Heel State for 2019:
- Whiteville (Photos)
- Wadesboro (Photos)
- Kinston (Photos)
- Williamston (Photos)
- Clinton (Photos)
- Reidsville (Photos)
- Rockingham (Photos)
- Roanoke Rapids (Photos)
- Washington (Photos)
- Goldsboro (Photos)
After analyzing 99 cities in North Carolina, why did Whiteville 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 North Carolina.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In North Carolina
How we determined the most dangerous cities in North Carolina 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 5,000 in population. That left us with 99 cities in North Carolina.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 99 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 North Carolina — Whiteville.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in North Carolina.
Whiteville is the 1st most dangerous city in North Carolina.
Whiteville is crime country, with residents facing a 1 in 12.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year.
The trend is neither negative nor positive in Whiteville, as both violent and property crimes have remained stagnant over the last few years.
Wadesboro ranks relatively poorly in both categories of crime in North Carolina.
That left Wadesboro’s residents with a 1 in 65 shot of being the victim of violence in 2017. Additionally, it ranked 7th for property crime.
Kinston has issues with a recent increase in crime.
That means residents of Kinston had a 1 in 78 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 17.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime.
Williamston isn’t in the top for either category of crime, but a cumulatively bad score lands it in 4th place.
On the bright side, violent crime was reformed in a serious way between 2016, with the instances dropping to 40.
That amounts to a 1 in 135 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.
Located in the southeastern corner of the state, on the Atlantic coast, Clinton ranks 5th for its danger.
In 2011, Clinton wouldn’t have made this list, but a whopping increase in violent crime between 2015-17 changed that.
In 2017, residents faced a 1 in 114 chance of being the victim of violence, which would put Clinton at 6th for the year in North Carolina.
The smallest place to make this list, Reidsville ranks as the 6th most dangerous city in North Carolina.
There’s a 1 in 18.6 chance being robbed in 2017. Yikes.
Rockingham ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in North Carolina.
The Rockingham ranks as having the 20th highest violent crime rate and 2nd highest property crime rate.
In this case, Roanoke Rapids finished as the 8th most dangerous place in the Tar Heel State.
Violent crime is an issue as the city ranks 14th overall for violent crime, while also ranking 11th for property crime.
Washington ranks as the 9th most dangerous city in North Carolina with the 12th highest violent crime rate in the state.
However, the city ranks as one of the poorer in North Carolina according to one of earlier analyzes, so that must also contribute to a higher than average crime rate.
Crime in Goldsboro has been heading in the right direction over the past few years, as both property and violent crimes have been on the decrease since 2011. Perhaps the former home of Andy Griffith could use more help of Matlock-type lawyers to help solve some of Goldsboro’s recent crimes.
Goldsboro residents have a 1 in 19.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime, good for 20th worst in the state. Additionally, they have a 1 in 133 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, 9th worst in North Carolina.
Locking It All Up In North Carolina
The latest FBI crime data shows that Whiteville ranks as the most dangerous city in North Carolina for 2019.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Whiteville 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 North Carolina:
- Elon (Pop. 10,283)
- Holly Springs (Pop. 34,897)
- Pinehurst (Pop. 16,145)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In North Carolina
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