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 236 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 2020? 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 10 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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Ohio
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Ohio For 2020
You have a 1 in 18.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Canton and a 1 in 83 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Tiny Whitehall, statistically, is the 11th most violent city per capita in the entire state of Ohio. Whitehall, for those outside of the Columbus area, is essentially a tiny Columbus suburb.
While crimes here skyrocketed in 2017, apparently, local jurisdictions have made progress, as crimes went down in 2018. However, for a town of just over 19,024 people, 119 violent crimes is eye opening. Statistically, 1 in 159 residents was the victim of a rape, attack or was killed just two years ago. And that’s even lower than it was the year before, when it was double that.
Chillicothe is not the refuge that you might be expecting — it ranks as the 3rd most dangerous city in Ohio.
It has the 19th highest overall violent crime rate.
On the plus side, property crime ranks 1st in the state, meaning it’s not even in the top 10% of cities in Ohio.
Put differently, property crime isn’t a problem to the same extent violent crime is in the city.
Dayton, Ohio experienced 6,323 property crimes in 2018, meaning residents had about a 1 in 22.2 chance of being a victim of theft or arson.
That number hasn’t changed much in recent years, but the violent crime rate dropped, making a big difference in Dayton’s overall ranking.
We noticed a trend in our top ten that is exemplified by Cleveland. Violent crime rates tend to be higher in bigger cities. This probably has to do with population density and a larger range of incomes. Smaller cities have a tendency to have higher property crime rates.
Cleveland ranks 19th for property crime and 1st for violent crime according to the most recent FBI data.
This trend holds true today as Cincinnati ranked 6th for violent crime in Ohio and 6th in the most dangerous overall ranking.
But it’s really parts of Cincinnati that you need to look out for. Certain neighborhoods have much more violent crime than others.
Springfield, a Columbus suburb, has seen property crimes plummet about 30% recently, so law enforcement must be cracking down on vehicle thefts and home invasion robberies. Statistically, 1 in 175 people in Springfield were raped, attacked or murdered in 2018. Wow.
The largest city in Scioto County, Portsmouth has experienced a 13% increase in its violent crime rate and a 19% rise in property crime rate between 2017-2018.
Folks in Portsmouth had about a 1 in 20.1 chance of being robbed or burnt in 2018, which is just the heavy price you pay for living in Portsmouth.
Logan experienced a drop in its property crime rate between 2017-2018.
That’s a difference of residents having about a 1 in 15 shot of being the victim of theft or arson at the beginning to a 1 in 18.4 shot in 2018.
Violent crime, meanwhile, remained at around the same level.
Lima has seen a continuous drop in crime of late — just not at a quick enough rate to get it off this list.
And with residents still facing a 1 in 22.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime, there’s little cause for celebration. In fact, the latest FBI report shows that there were 240 violent crimes in a town of only 36,948 in 2018.
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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Ohio for 2020?
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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
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 236 cities in Ohio.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 236 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 2020.
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.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Ohio:
- Broadview Heights (Pop. 19,236)
- Olmsted Falls (Pop. 8,912)
- Russell Township (Pop. 5,216)
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