The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio For 2021


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Buckeye State for 2021.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Ohio and is updated for 2021.

Where are you moving to next? If it happens to be Ohio, then this is the article for you. Ohio is a state filled with many exciting cities, but the state does have a relatively dangerous city or two.

If you enjoy beautiful state parks, walking through large cities, and fields upon fields of corn, then Ohio is a great choice. But there are the dangerous places to avoid living as a newcomer. Luckily for you, RoadSnacks has figured out that answer for you. We used the most recent FBI crime data on property and violent crimes per capita to determine which cities in Ohio stick out like a sore thumb when it comes to danger. And while these places might be dangerous as a whole, there are always better and worse places even at the city level.

And it's hard to fault the people living in these cities for the crime that occurs there. Ohio has seen a decrease in the relevance of its most prominent industries over the past several decades. People have been leaving cities like Cleveland and Columbus for coastal cities or Chicago with higher tech job prospects. Not to mention the Opioid Epidemic that finds its ground zero almost directly in the center of Ohio.

So with that in mind, grab some Skyline Chili with a side of Buckeyes for dessert as we walk you through our analysis of dangerous cities in Ohio.

We analyzed 232 cities in Ohio using the latest FBI crime data to determine which cities in Ohio were the most likely to make you double check your doors are locked.

The winner of the most dangerous place in Ohio for 2021? Canton, Ohio is the most dangerous city in Ohio.

The larger cities didn't fare much better. Cleveland, Dayton, and Cincinnati all ranked in our top ten most dangerous cities list.

Interested to see how your favorite cities stacked up? Read on to learn more about our methodology and to see what makes each of these cities so dangerous.

Learn more about the safest places in Ohio.

If you're looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Ohio For 2021

Canton, OH

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Population: 70,139
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,398 (Second most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,292 (Fifth most dangerous)
More on Canton:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

We're kicking our list up a notch with the most dangerous places to live in Ohio for 2021 -- Canton, a city of 70,139 located approximately 20 miles south of Akron.

We hope they have enough security guarding the memorabilia on display at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton because the city had the highest burglary rate in all of Ohio. Overall, residents faced a 1 in 18 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2019.

And the bad news just keeps on coming for Canton. The city experienced the highest rate of rape cases in the whole state, and the overall violent crime rate is the second highest.

Moraine, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 6,455

Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 635 (Eighth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,993 (Most dangerous)
More on Moraine:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living

A part of the Dayton Metro Area, Moraine is a small city of just 6,455 and the second most dangerous place to live in Ohio.

In actuality, Moraine has the highest overall crime rate in Ohio for 2019, but most of that comes from having the highest rate of property crime in the state.

Unfortunately, the crime problem doesn't end with property in Moraine. The city also had the highest murder rate in Ohio for 2019.

Cleveland, OH

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Population: 381,829
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,516 (Most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,467 (11th most dangerous)
More on Cleveland:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Ohio's 2nd most populous city and the home to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is also one of the most dangerous places to live in the state.

Once again, Cleveland had the highest violent crime rate in Ohio, with residents facing a 1 in 65 chance of being attacked in 2019. That includes the fourth highest murder rate and seventh highest rate of rape cases statewide.

Additionally, Cleveland ranked worse for property crime this year than last year. But don't rule the whole city out because of this result; there are still plenty of safe neighborhoods in Cleveland to choose from.

Whitehall, OH

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Population: 19,121
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 596 (Ninth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,763 (Fourth most dangerous)
More on Whitehall:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Next up on our list of Ohio's most dangerous cities is Whitehall, a suburb of Columbus. Whitehall has some of the highest violent crime numbers in the state, including the third highest murder rate. That's a murder every other month, which is quite high for a city of just 19,121.

Property crime also ranks as the fourth highest statewide, with about three cases occurring each day on average.

At least you can get away from all this crime by spending a relaxing day looking at flowers at the Franklin Park Conservatory nearby.

Chillicothe, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 21,670
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 475 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,268 (Second most dangerous)
More on Chillicothe:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Located about an hour south of Columbus, Chillicothe comes in as the fifth least safe place to live in Ohio. While Chillicothe doesn't have a whole lot of violent crime, it does have heaps of property crime.

Chillicothe residents had a 1 in 13 chance of having their belongings stolen or damaged in 2019 -- yikes. That includes a burglary every other day and a cart theft once a week, on average.

In fact, the property crime rate in Chillicothe is so high that the city's total crime rate ranks as the second highest in the state and is more than three times higher than the national average.

Cincinnati, OH

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Population: 303,335
Rank Last Year: 6 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 844 (Sixth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,302 (14th most dangerous)
More on Cincinnati:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

There might be lions and tigers and bears at the Cincinnati Zoo, but it turns out that the city's streets are the really dangerous place.

Cincinnati has the fifth highest murder rate in Ohio, with more than one murder per week, on average, in 2019. Overall, Cincinnati's residents had a 1 in 118 chance of being attacked over the year.

Not to mention that 1,351 cars got stolen and 2,765 burglaries went down. A good chunk of this crime comes from Cincinatti's worst neighborhoods, so if you steer clear of those, you should be all right.

Springfield, OH

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Population: 59,128
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 493 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,060 (Seventh most dangerous)
More on Springfield:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Located a half-hour northeast of Dayton, Springfield is Ohio's seventh most dangerous city. Springfield experienced about two burglaries a day on average in 2019 -- that's enough to give it the second highest burglary rate statewide.

Overall, people in Springfield had a 1 in 19 chance of having their stuff stolen or damaged.

At least you can get away from the crime-filled streets of Springfield at Buck Creek State Park... just bring a buddy and get home before dark.

Dayton, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 140,427
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 962 (Third most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,039 (21st most dangerous)
More on Dayton:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Up next on our list is Dayton, Ohio's 6th biggest city. Dayton had the fifth highest burglary rate statewide in 2019 and averaged about two car thefts a day.

We just hope no one pulls a Grand Theft Auto move and steals a plane from the Air Force Museum or a classic car from the Packard Museum.

Violent crime is even worse in Dayton -- the city had the second highest murder rate in Ohio, with about one murder each week, on average. Dayton also had the fifth highest rate of rape cases statewide and the third highest violent crime rate overall.

Lima, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

3
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Population: 36,653
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 706 (Seventh most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,073 (19th most dangerous)
More on Lima:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

The county seat of Allen County in northwestern Ohio, Lima is Ohio's ninth most dangerous city for 2021. Lima averaged about one rape case per week, giving it the second highest rate of rape cases in the whole state.

Additionally, the Lima Fire Department had a lot of extra work on their hands in 2019, seeing as their were 71 cases of arson.

To give you an idea of how high that is, consider that Cleveland, ten times as populous as Lima, had only twice as many arson cases.

Mount Healthy, OH

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 6,052

Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 413 (22nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,023 (Eighth most dangerous)
More on Mount Healthy:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living

Mount Healthy is a suburb of Cincy, but its high crime rate keeps it from being one of Cincinnati's best suburbs.

Mount Healthy sounds like a great place to stay fit, and there are plenty of great parks hero, but you'd be well-advised to not linger alone after dark.

The biggest danger in Mount Healthy, though, is property crime, which ranks as the eighth highest in Ohio. In fact, residents had a 1 in 19 shot of having their belongings stolen or damaged in 2019.

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Ohio

Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio Graph

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Ohio for 2021?

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 2019 data, specifically the 2019 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2021.

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 Ohio cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 232 cities in Ohio.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 232 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 Ohio -- Canton. 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 Ohio.

Locking It All Up In Ohio

The latest FBI crime data shows that Canton ranks as the most dangerous city in Ohio for 2021.

We want to point out again that there's still safes places in Canton and that this isn't a comment on the people that live there. So please don't beat us up.

Here are the safest cities in Ohio:

  1. Johnstown (Pop. 5,119)
  2. Bellbrook (Pop. 7,326)
  3. Munroe Falls (Pop. 5,080)
  4. Russell Township (Pop. 5,219)
  5. Springboro (Pop. 18,975)
  6. Indian Hill (Pop. 5,897)
  7. Clearcreek Township (Pop. 16,070)
  8. Olmsted Township (Pop. 13,432)
  9. Sagamore Hills (Pop. 10,934)
  10. Chester Township (Pop. 10,322)

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Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Canton 70,139 1,398 5,292
2 Moraine 6,455 635 7,993
3 Cleveland 381,829 1,516 4,467
4 Whitehall 19,121 596 5,763
5 Chillicothe 21,670 475 7,268
6 Cincinnati 303,335 844 4,302
7 Springfield 59,128 493 5,060
8 Dayton 140,427 962 4,039
9 Lima 36,653 706 4,073
10 Mount Healthy 6,052 413 5,023

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32 thoughts on “The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio For 2021

  1. Columbus, Oh is not even listed. How accurate is this list when one of Ohio’s largest cities is not even included?

  2. I doubt the accuracy since Columbus, Lancaster, Steubenville and others not listed. Crime in the cities are closely related to poverty. Southern Ohio has a lack of jobs and a lot of poverty as do many inner cities. Most city crime is drug related and that’s everywhere.

  3. “Dangerous” should just mean violent crime. They shouldn’t have included property crimes. The real list of 10 most dangerous cities in Ohio should be:
    1. Cleveland
    2. Toledo
    3. Lima
    4. Canton
    5. Cincinnati
    6. Dayton
    7. Youngstown
    8. Akron
    9. Whitehall
    10. Springfield

  4. Before you put your name to anything this critical you should be careful coming to any conclusions until you check reported crimes compared to actual crimes. Even though the FBI provide the tools needed to come up with these results they, and you have no way to tell how and why the reports were taken.

  5. no,that list couldnt be right cause dayton wasnt in there.portsmouth is just a small,tiny town of 99,000 nothing like dayton,akron,cincinnati dont believe that.

  6. They were using the UCR which does not take into account dark figure crimes, as well as the UCR only takes the most violent or deviant crimes committed, so if there are multiple crimes committed at one time the worst crime will be the only one reported. Just keep that in mind!

  7. Youngstown was the murder capital of the USA per captita 2001-2003.
    In fact I passed a woman wearing a shirt today that had “Youngstown, Ohio murder capital of America, 2001-2003 come heavy or don’t come at all”. LOL Still true today no matter how many gentrified craft beer places they can prop up throughout the area.

  8. “Springfield, a suburb of St. Louis,”. Unless you are writing about some other state, St. Louis is more than 500 miles away in Missouri. The last I checked there were two states inbetween Ohio and Missouri. Now Springfield, Ohio is small city halfway inbetween Dayton and Columbus and is not considered a suburb of either although it is considered to be in the Dayton CSA

  9. This site, “roadsnacks,” dies not ascribe to any respected methods of research. Much of the information posted in this piece is indeed false. Not only did they put two of the cities on the list as two suburbs of St. Louis Missouri, but their population statistics and crime rates are not even close.

    I really dislike places that do this. But people are gullible and believe whatever they are fed.

  10. Chris Kolmar, You and your site have zero credibility. You stated that Springfield and Whitehall were suburbs of St. Louis. The last time I looked at a map there were TWO STATES between Ohio and Missouri.They are Indiana and Illinois. Not even Springfield, Missouri is a suburb of St. Louis, They are 250 miles apart. How do you make such mistakes? Your facts are wrong in more ways than one. You contradict yourself. You claim both Dayton and Whitehall are the most dangerous.

  11. Your article lists Springfield as a suburb of St. Louis. So, did you look at data for Springfield Missouri or Springfield Ohio? Perhaps double check that geography before publishing.

  12. Dear Gentlemen

    Highly disagree with your data and facts on ranking Springfield No. 2 as dangerous to live in Ohio.

    We (Springfield, Ohio) is by far the best city in Ohio to live in.
    Springfield have gone from strictly depending on manufacturing for employment to a mixture of employers. Springfield has several industrial parks and Springfield Beckley Municipal Airport.

    We are home To Wittenberg University and Clark State Community College with wonderful Public and Private Schools.
    Great amenities like a brewery with farmers market during winter months, ice arena, baseball, parks and recreation, fantastic Summer Arts Programs in Veterans Park.

    Springfield, Ohio has an abundance of group and organizations with events and programs. We are home to the John Legend Theater with year-round plays and programs.

    We Springfield, Ohio are an inviting city, look forward to you considering using personal visits and speaking with Greater Springfield Chamber Of Commerce, Elected Officials and people in our great city instead of hiding behind data.

    Sincerely,

    Joyce Chilton

    1. Hey Joyce Chilton with all do respect.If your really going to be this upset with this web site for putting out the truth about Springfield Ohio.Lets be honest about Springfield Ohio, this city does indeed have its own problems and not only that back 2012 or 2013 we had an economic fail going on in this city. Why not add the fact that Springfield Ohio has a lot of crimes here mostly home invasion,robberys,theft and drug abuse. The sad part about Springfield Ohio is that city hall isn’t doing or saying anything about daily crimes that are happening over there at the low income Ronez Manor Apartments. Plus there’s crimes over in South Limestone. And lets also point out that Springfield Ohio population is decreasing. Work places are going out of business and I like to know 2 things about food restaurants. Why is it we have more fast food places than just regular sit down restaurants? Plus how come when it comes to fast food places that we don’t have Chick-Fi-La in this city. Now another thing i want to bring up is downtown Springfield Ohio. For the long time you and the rest of city hall that you guys are trying everyday to rebuild Springfield Ohio. How in the world are you guys trying if all you commissioners are basically wasting taxpayers money by restructuring the roads terrying down old homes and vacant businesses. You also pointed at the fact that this city has a ice rink and plus John Legend theater and of course you left out the fact every year in the month of May we have a parade for our vets on memorial day and on the month of December we have a lights in the city Christmas special. Where my concern is Joyce is that there’s not much fun activity here in Springfield Ohio. Back 2009 or 2010 i question our mayor Warren Copeland about activitys for youn men,women and children.And all that mayor did was yes me away just like he does with everybody else. Some people around here all they do for fun around is eat,shop and often times go to that game cycle video game store to play retro arcade games. I gave you guys some ideas what you can bring to Springfield Ohio like a indoor skateboard park for all skater fans or how about bringing some sort indy pro wrestling event here to Springfield Ohio or something. What drives me crazy is that this city for a quite long time Springfield Ohio said that one day this city will become like a NYC instead it’s becoming the bad side like Detroit Michigan. So if you don’t want sites to write bad things about our city than do us all a favor and tell Warren Copeland to get his butt up and tell Springfield Ohio to come together and rebuild this city and bring more fun activitys for Springfield Ohio.

  13. This is Valerie Lough, Community Information Coordinator for the City of Springfield. It is worth noting that, while you are sourcing FBI uniform crime reporting, you are assigning a per capita number that includes property crime as well as violent crime. The FBI has routinely cautioned against using crime rankings as they can lead to simplistic analysis, that can create misleading perceptions. Property crimes include theft, motor vehicle theft, and burglary. This is misleading, as many people tend to associate “danger” with violent crime, not property crime. Thank you for your time.

  14. Whitehall you must be from Columbus Whitehall is a little area in Columbus. It is not a city. Your information is false. Cleveland is by far the most dangerous.

  15. Made in North Carolina, that’s why this website sucks so much. Bigotry and hate capital of the USA – fueled by ignorance – as exemplified in this article.

    Seriously, with so many basic errors in this article, why would anyone give credence to anything posted here.

  16. Ive lived in several of th de biggest cities in Ohio. Also spent most of my life in Cleveland’s east and west side… As a whole Cleveland is without a doubt the worst city in ohio especially among the biggest Cleveland, Youngstown-Warren, Dayton, Cincinati, Toledo, Akron-Canton,

  17. Toledo is only 2 counties away from Detroit. It’s been nicknamed “Little Detroit”.

    Toledo has 158 street gangs for a city of only 274,975 residents which is bad. It also had a Gang Riot in 2005 kind of like a smaller scale version of the Rodney King riots where rival gang members unified together for one day just to riot. It’s only 2 counties away from Detroit.

    Toledo is also one of the first cities where Folk Nation gangs and People Nation gangs directly from Chicago migrated to during the Early 1980s which makes the Gangster Disciples and Latin Counts chapters in Toledo some of the oldest Folk and People chapters in America.

    The Bloods in Toledo are older than Bloods in New York City. The first Blood gang in Toledo has been around since 1986 (before the movie “Colors” was made). Their name was Lawrence Blood Villains and used to wear their bandanas out the right side of their back pockets like the Bloods from Los Angeles before they joined the People Nation for protection in the Midwest prison system and switch to the left side because the Midwest Crip gangs were allied with the Folk Nation back then. The bloods didn’t show up in NYC until 1993.

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