These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio


Find out which cities in Ohio have had the most crime over the past several years.

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What are the most dangerous cities in Ohio?

That’s the question we set out to answer today by looking at the last three years of FBI Crime data.

Whether you are thinking of moving to Ohio, or just visiting, it’s good to have a sense of crime rates before you get there.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities:

  1. Whitehall (Photos)
  2. Middletown (Photos)
  3. Cleveland (Photos)
  4. Springfield (Photos)
  5. Canton (Photos)
  6. Toledo (Photos)
  7. Portsmouth (Tie) (Photos)
  8. Chillicothe (Tie)
  9. Cincinnati (Photos)
  10. Hamilton (Photos)

Read on to see how we did it and for more details on the top 10.

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How We Determined The Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio

Everyone has opinion on what the most dangerous city in the state is, but we don’t want to rely on opinion. Instead, we gathered up the last three years of crime data from the FBI to determine which city has the most crime.

Every year the FBI releases their Uniform Crime Report, which summarizes the amount of violent crime and property crime in each city.

For this analysis, we only considered cities with populations greater than 10,000 people in 2013, the last year for which FBI data is available. This left us with 153 cities in Ohio to rank.

To create an overall crime rank, we broke it down into two criteria for each year (2013, 2012, and 2011):

  • Violent crimes per capita
  • Property crimes per capita

Then we weighted each year’s data giving more weight to the most recent year. The idea being that the most recent data gives a current snapshot of the location, but that recent history can also inform our future expectations.

If previous year’s data was not available, we only considered the current year.

The result was that 2013 data is 2x more important than 2012 and 6x more important than 2011 in our calculation.

Finally, we ranked each city based on their violent crime per capita and property crime per capita and took average of the two ranks.

As with all FBI Crime rankings, it is important to note this ranking is not a critique of police practices or effectiveness. It’s simply an analysis of where crimes occurred.

1. Whitehall

Dangerous Cities In Ohio

Source: Whitehall, Ohio

Population: 18,480

Violent Crime Rank: 9
Property Crime Rank: 3

White Whitehall might be the smallest town in our top ten, it packs one heck of a punch. It didn’t take the number one spot in either criteria, though, combined, its residents have the highest chance of being the victim of a crime in the entire state.

If there’s a silver lining to be had, it’s that violent crimes were down about 20% in 2013 from the previous year.

2. Middletown

Dangerous Cities In Ohio

Source: Flickr user Nicholas Eckhart

Population: 48,691

Violent Crime Rank: 11
Property Crime Rank: 2

Middletown ranked second on our list of the most dangerous cities in Ohio. It also ranked second for property crime with an average of .083 property crimes per person in the city.

The good news is that it ranked outside of the top ten for violent crime at number 11.

3. Cleveland

Dangerous Cities In Ohio

Source: Flickr user Cak757

Population: 389,181

Violent Crime Rank: 1
Property Crime Rank: 13

Cleveland has ranked as one of the more dangerous cities in America for the past years according to various surveys.

This trend holds true today as Cleveland ranked number one over the past three years in terms of violent crime in Ohio and number three most dangerous overall.

But it’s really parts of Cleveland that you need to look out for. In 2010, Chestnut Place and Scovill Avenue ranked as two of the top 25 most violent neighborhoods in America.

Other parts of the city, like Downtown, are actually very safe.

4. Springfield

Dangerous Cities In Ohio

Source: Flickr user Cak757

Population: 60,012

Violent Crime Rank: 10
Property Crime Rank: 5

Springfield ranked high on our list because it had a good bit of violent crime and property crime, but did not lead in either category.

You have a 1 in 14 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Springfield and a 1 in 147 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

5. Canton

Dangerous Cities In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,598

Violent Crime Rank: 4
Property Crime Rank: 12

While football stars might fight to get into Canton each year, the residents have a tendency to get into fights generally.

You have a 1 in 103 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Canton, which was the fourth highest rate in Ohio.

6. Toledo

Dangerous Cities In Ohio

Source: Flickr user Lake Currents

Population: 283,035

Violent Crime Rank: 2
Property Crime Rank: 15

Toledo was an interesting case for us.

They do not report property crime, only violent crime. But because Toledo is a major city and their violent crime is so high–second in the state–we felt it inappropriate to leave them off this list.

Therefore, we assigned Toledo the average property crime rate for two similarly sized cities (Cincinnati and Akron). The result put their property crime rate 15th overall and placed Toledo 6th on our list.

7. Portsmouth (Tie)

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Source: Flickr user Dok1

Population: 20,322

Violent Crime Rank: 15
Property Crime Rank: 4

Portsmouth came in at a tie for the 7th most dangerous city in Ohio.

Portsmouth ranked 4th overall for property crime, while 15th for violent crime.

7. Chillicothe (Tie)

Dangerous Cities In Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,679

Violent Crime Rank: 18
Property Crime Rank: 1

Chillicothe had the highest rate of property crime of any city we analyzed, 12% higher than the closest city.

9. Cincinnati

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Source: Flickr user 5chw4r7z

Population: 296,491

Violent Crime Rank: 5
Property Crime Rank: 16

Cincinnati made it into our top ten most dangerous cities in Ohio mainly because of its violent crime rate, which ranked 5th overall.

We noticed a trend in our top ten that is exemplified by Cincinnati. 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.

10. Hamilton

Dangerous Cities In Ohio

Source: Flickr user Ohio Redevelopment Projects – ODSA

Population: 62,286

Violent Crime Rank: 13
Property Crime Rank: 9

Hamilton ranked just inside the top ten for property crime and just outside the top ten for violent crime.

We find it interesting to note that Hamilton was just as close to the 6th spot on our list as the 11th spot. That means that there’s a bit of jump between the top ten most dangerous cities in Ohio and the rest.

Wrapping It Up

While these are the 10 most dangerous cities in Ohio, we find it important to note that crime is pretty much down across the state. So while these places are relatively dangerous, they are not even as dangerous as they were last year.

And that’s a trend we can all get behind.

We also did the research on the 10 worst places to live in Ohio. Click here to read that story.

City Population Violent Crime Rank Property Crime Rank Danger Score Rank
Whitehall 18480 9 3 6 1
Middletown 48691 11 2 6.5 2
Cleveland 389181 1 13 7 3
Springfield 60012 10 5 7.5 4
Canton 72598 4 12 8 5
Toledo 283035 2 15 8.5 6
Chillicothe 21679 18 1 9.5 7
Portsmouth 20322 15 4 9.5 7
Cincinnati 296491 5 16 10.5 9
Hamilton 62268 13 9 11 10
Dayton 141167 6 22 14 11
Mansfield 46832 22 7 14.5 12
Youngstown 64938 7 23 15 13
Lima 38214 3 27 15 13
Norwood 19052 24 6 15 13
Zanesville 25378 20 11 15.5 16
Springdale 11192 23 8 15.5 16
Akron 198405 8 29 18.5 18
Cambridge 10534 16 21 18.5 18
Trotwood 24282 17 26 21.5 20
Warren 40474 12 32 22 21
Lorain 63582 14 33 23.5 22
Fremont 16515 35 15 25 23
Brooklyn 10985 36 14 25 23
Circleville 13491 41 10 25.5 25
Alliance 22144 19 35 27 26
Sidney 20980 37 17 27 26
Bellefontaine 13147 28 30 29 28
Niles 18950 31 28 29.5 29
Sandusky 25401 26 34 30 30
Monroe 15284 21 39 30 30
Greenville 13064 27 37 32 32
Galion 10202 46 18 32 32
Heath 10410 45 20 32.5 34
Barberton 26245 30 43 36.5 35
Xenia 26038 39 40 39.5 36
Cleveland Heights 46309 25 55 40 37
Bedford 12858 34 47 40.5 38
Van Wert 10852 43 44 43.5 39
Piqua 20656 66 24 45 40
Springfield Township, Summit County 17630 71 19 45 40
Washington Court House 14083 54 36 45 40
Newark 47702 63 31 47 43
Findlay 41660 47 48 47.5 44
Massillon 32159 38 57 47.5 44
Fairfield 42677 29 68 48.5 46
West Carrollton 13079 40 60 50 47
Oxford 21338 32 69 50.5 48
Wooster 26468 53 50 51.5 49
Oregon 20188 62 41 51.5 49
Huber Heights 38118 55 49 52 51
Urbana 11599 57 51 54 52
Fairborn 32820 42 67 54.5 53
Miami Township, Montgomery County 29128 69 42 55.5 54
Painesville 19655 33 80 56.5 55
Defiance 16790 56 59 57.5 56
Fairfield Township 21781 78 38 58 57
Mount Vernon 16748 94 25 59.5 58
Celina 10392 75 45 60 59
Brimfield Township 10291 50 74 62 60
Austintown 36192 61 64 62.5 61
Riverside 25115 49 76 62.5 61
Miamisburg 20151 74 54 64 63
Bowling Green 31844 52 79 65.5 64
Delaware 36260 59 73 66 65
Richmond Heights 10470 70 63 66.5 66
Norwalk 16906 76 58 67 67
Forest Park 18672 58 78 68 68
Jackson Township, Stark County 40436 84 53 68.5 69
Grove City 37208 85 52 68.5 69
Maumee 14081 95 46 70.5 71
Colerain Township 58578 77 65 71 72
Springfield Township, Hamilton County 36330 51 92 71.5 73
Kent 30121 44 99 71.5 73
Bexley 13316 72 71 71.5 73
Cuyahoga Falls 49133 68 77 72.5 76
Howland Township 17084 82 66 74 77
Vandalia 15181 67 83 75 78
Englewood 13455 90 62 76 79
Shaker Heights 27920 64 90 77 80
Conneaut 12895 73 84 78.5 81
Troy 25424 107 56 81.5 82
Liberty Township 11885 48 117 82.5 83
University Heights 13416 60 106 83 84
South Euclid 21929 65 103 84 85
Ashland 20306 96 72 84 85
Blue Ash 12105 111 61 86 87
Mentor 46979 88 85 86.5 88
Eastlake 18423 92 81 86.5 88
Tallmadge 17501 79 100 89.5 90
Kettering 55907 91 89 90 91
West Chester Township 59435 93 88 90.5 92
Parma Heights 20395 80 101 90.5 92
Hilliard 31352 100 86 93 94
Lebanon 20480 83 104 93.5 95
Willoughby 22374 99 98 98.5 96
Harrison 10157 122 75 98.5 96
Sylvania Township 29363 109 93 101 98
Gahanna 34011 108 95 101.5 99
North Canton 17380 97 108 102.5 100
Wadsworth 21758 104 102 103 101
Marietta 14013 81 125 103 101
Worthington 13817 136 70 103 101
Struthers 10522 89 118 103.5 104
Vermilion 10482 86 122 104 105
Centerville 23954 98 111 104.5 106
Stow 34625 106 105 105.5 107
Beavercreek 45971 130 82 106 108
Delhi Township 29471 116 97 106.5 109
Athens 23721 101 112 106.5 109
Medina 26492 105 116 110.5 111
Marysville 22031 115 107 111 112
Norton 12012 112 110 111 112
Amherst 12040 110 113 111.5 114
Salem 12115 128 96 112 115
Pierce Township 11360 131 94 112.5 116
Westerville 37363 135 91 113 117
Berea 18939 103 124 113.5 118
Bainbridge Township 11454 144 87 115.5 119
Strongsville 44583 118 114 116 120
Miami Township, Clermont County 41389 124 109 116.5 121
Dover 12787 87 149 118 122
Brunswick 34402 102 136 119 123
Clayton 13211 123 120 121.5 124
Perrysburg 21279 129 115 122 125
Aurora 15457 114 132 123 126
Springboro 17711 117 130 123.5 127
New Philadelphia 17294 127 123 125 128
Mason 31204 134 121 127.5 129
North Ridgeville 30905 121 135 128 130
Twinsburg 18750 120 137 128.5 131
Loveland 12236 126 131 128.5 131
Sagamore Hills 10988 113 144 128.5 131
Montgomery 10305 146 119 132.5 134
Solon 23105 133 134 133.5 135
Streetsboro 16115 119 148 133.5 135
Upper Arlington 34369 142 126 134 137
Dublin 43387 143 127 135 138
Hamilton Township, Warren County 21701 141 133 137 139
Broadview Heights 19277 125 151 138 140
American Township 12318 148 128 138 140
Montville Township 11399 140 138 139 142
Shawnee Township 12247 151 129 140 143
Olmsted Township 13303 137 145 141 144
Lyndhurst 13769 132 152 142 145
New Franklin 14232 139 146 142.5 146
Poland Township 12227 145 142 143.5 147
Clearcreek Township 14642 147 141 144 148
Seven Hills 11699 138 150 144 148
Powell 12093 150 139 144.5 150
Brunswick Hills Township 10078 153 140 146.5 151
Hudson 22340 152 143 147.5 152
Brecksville 13499 149 147 148 153
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11 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio

  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!

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