Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Ohio?
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 Ohio — and anyone looking to move to Ohio — 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 Buckeye State:
- Whitehall (Photos)
- Moraine (Photos)
- Lima (Photos)
- Cincinnati (Photos)
- Springfield (Photos)
- Canton (Photos)
- Portsmouth (Photos)
- Dayton (Photos)
- Chillicothe (Photos)
- Toledo (Photos)
Why did Whitehall 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 Ohio.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Ohio for 2017?
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 second release of 2015 data, specifically the 2015 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2016 in September 2017.
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 220 cities in Ohio.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 220 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 — Whitehall. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Ohio.
Population: 18,661Violent Crimes Per 100k: 819
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,500
Whitehall, statistically, is the 6th most violent city per capita in the entire state of Ohio.
While crimes are sky high in 2015, apparently, local jurisdictions have made progress, as crimes went down in 2015 compared to previous years. However, for a town of just over 18,000 people, 153 violent crimes is eye opening. Statistically, 1 in 121 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.
Population: 6,378Violent Crimes Per 100k: 548
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,097
Folks who live in little Moraine have the 2nd highest chance of being the victim of a rape or attack. The city has seen a moderate population decline in recent years, perhaps due to the crime happening within its city limits.
In 2015, 1 out of 9.4 Moraine residents was the victim of a crime.
Population: 38,154Violent Crimes Per 100k: 909
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,676
Lima took the 3rd spot on our.
While property crime isn’t so much of an issue (it ranks 12th out of 220), violent crime seems to be pretty prevalent as it ranks 5th overall in that category.
Lima has a relatively high population density, which might contribute to the above-average property crime rate.
Population: 298,478Violent Crimes Per 100k: 925
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,509
Cincinnati is the first major city in Ohio to make the list. Not to be outdone by some of the smaller plces on the list, Cinci ranks 2nd overall for violent crime in the state.
If there’s a silver lining to be had, it’s that violent crimes were down about 20% from the previous years.
Population: 59,804Violent Crimes Per 100k: 593
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,185
Coming in at the number 5 most dangerous city in Ohio is Springfield.
Springfield 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 168 people in Springfield was raped, attacked or murdered in 2015. Wow.
Population: 72,111Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,128
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,336
You have a 1 in 18.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Canton and a 1 in 88 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Population: 20,346Violent Crimes Per 100k: 520
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,590
Portsmouth is the 7th most dangerous city in Ohio overall.
From 2014, the property crime rate dropped, which is good news for people who like knowing that their stuff is safe.
The bad news for people who like their safety, though, is that violent crime went ranks 17th in Ohio.
Population: 140,683Violent Crimes Per 100k: 941
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,038
Dayton is one of the largest cities in the Ohio.
Not unlike the capital, Dayton has experienced a rapid growth in its crime rate — a 20% increase in violent crime and 22% in property crime between 2013-15.
Residents of Dayton had a high 1 in 106 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2015.
Population: 21,696Violent Crimes Per 100k: 460
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,987
Chillicothe has more violent crime than most cities in the Buckeye State.
While property crime dropped by 10% between 2013-15, violent crime rose by 11%, producing very little net gain for the city’s overall crime rate.
In 2015, Chillicothe residents had a 1 in 12.5 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Population: 279,552Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,128
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,475
Toledo ranked 24th overall for property crime, while 1st for violent crime. That’s a pretty striking difference and ther’s an argument to be made that Toledo should be up higher on the list.
Locking It All Up In Ohio
The latest FBI crime data shows that Whitehall ranks as the most dangerous city in Ohio for 2017.
However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Whitehall’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Ohio:
- Chester Township
- Poland Township
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Ohio
|26||Washington Court House||14,060|
|37||North College Hill||9,355|
|48||Miami Township, Montgomery County||29,134|
|80||Jackson Township, Stark County||40,779|
|85||Springfield Township, Hamilton County||36,574|
|88||West Chester Township||60,365|