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 ranks relatively poorly in both categories of crime in North Carolina.
That left Whiteville’s residents with a 1 in 80 shot of being the victim of violence in 2017. Additionally, it ranked 4th for property crime.
While Wadesboro is a known speed trap with rigorous enforcement of speeding laws, it is also a relative hot bed for the occurrence of crime.
As the FBI aggregates crime data based on reporting from local municipalities, it wouldn’t surprise us if Wadesboro ranks highly simply because the police department does an excellent job of reporting crimes that occur within its city limits.
Wadesboro has the 1st most violent crimes in North Carolina.
If you live in Kinston, you already know which parts of town to avoid. But did you know you have a 1 in 78 chance of being raped, attacked or outright killed every year? Those are the stats.
Plus, 1 in 17.1 people has their lives screwed up due to a property crime of some sort. Odds are if you’ve lived in Kinston for a long time, you’ve been robbed at least one time in your life.
If you pass through Kinston, lock your doors. And don’t talk to strangers.
Williamston is the 4th most dangerous city in North Carolina.
From 2015-17, violent crime went up by 25%, leaving residents with about a 1 in 135 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.
Clinton, with a population of around 8,666 has experienced decent amount of crime in recent years.
Currently, residents have a 1 in 18.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017 and a 1 in 114 chance of being the victim of violent crime. That’s good for a 5th overall ranking on our list of dangerous places in North Carolina.
Reidsville has the 14th worst property crime rate in the state.
Property crime rose between 2015-17, leaving residents of Reidsville with a 1 in 18.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.
At least violent crime fell during this interval.
The city of over 9,005 ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in North Carolina and has the 2nd highest rate of property crime in the state.
Roanoke Rapids ranks as the 8th most dangerous city in North Carolina.
That’s due to it ranking 14th in violent crimes and 11th in property crimes. Residents had about a 1 in 17.7 chance of being a victim of a property crime.
Washington is the 9th most dangerous city in North Carolina.
Washington is crime country, with residents facing a 1 in 19.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year.
The trend is neither negative nor positive in Washington, as both violent and property crimes have remained stagnant over the last few years.
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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