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.
So what is the most dangerous city in North Carolina? After analyzing 99 cities in North Carolina, Whiteville takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in North Carolina based on the most recent FBI data.
For 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.
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In North Carolina For 2019
Whiteville has been on the rankings the past couple of years and now finds itself as the 1st most dangerous city in North Carolina. Whiteville’s ranking for violent crime and property were 3rd and 4th, respectively. Overall, like every other city in our top 10, it scored an F when it comes to crime.
Wadesboro residents faced a 1 in 65 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017 and a 1 in 17.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime — both statistics that have barely changed in recent years.
It’s the 1st most violent city.
Kinston has seen recent crime trend upwards. Violent crime has increased in 2015-17, with most recent numbers showing an high 1 in 78 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Property crime is also high at 1 in 17.1 chance of being a victim.
Williamston is the 4th most violent city in the Tar Heel State, with residents facing a 1 in 135 chance of being the victim of violence.
This number has gone down recently, but property crime has been on the rise, with the most recent numbers showing a 1 in 16.3 chance of being the victim of a property crime.
Located 15 miles east of Portland, Clinton’s violent crime looks to be an issue.
Violent crime went to 76 occurrences between 2015-17, leaving residents with a 1 in 114 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.
Though Clinton is the 6th most violent city in North Carolina overall, it does only have the 12th most property crime on this list (which still leaves residents a 1 in 18.2 chance of being robbed each year).
With 749 property crimes reported in 2017 for a town of only 13,900, Reidsville residents had a greater than 5% chance of being the victim of a property crime.
The good news? The number of crimes is down over 15% from the year prior.
Rockingham is certainly lively when it comes to nighttime activities. This tiny city ranks 11.9 in the state for property crimes.
Residents here in Rockingham have a 1 in 11.1 chance of being the victim of a crime in 2017, which was the last reporting year. That means if you live in Rockingham, someone you know was likely the victim of a theft, home break-in or arson.
Located in Halifax County, Roanoke Rapids 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 850 occurrences.
Washington makes it into the top 10 most dangerous in North Carolina. After a huge growth spurt in the 60’s and 70’s, people are actually leaving Washington in droves, which could be in part to its high criminal population.
As of the last FBI report, crime in Washington has been ticking upwards, and statistically, 1 in 19.0 residents here was recently the victim of a robbery or car theft.
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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