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 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.
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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 has the 19th highest rate of violent crime, giving it a 3rd place danger ranking overall.
Folks in Chillicothe had a 1 in 206 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018, a 5% increase from 2017.
Property crime went up during this interval, giving a Chillicothe resident a 1 in 13.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2018.
Dayton is unfortunately in the top 3 for worst violent crime and 17th worst property crime rates in the state.
While violence fell between 2017-2018, property crime rose, meaning that, overall, Dayton’s instances of crime have been increasing.
Residents of Dayton had a 1 in 108 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 22.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2018.
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.
Cincinnati isn’t in the top for either category of crime, but a cumulatively bad score lands it in 6th place.
On the bright side, violent crime was reformed in a serious way between 2017, with the instances dropping to 2,535.
That amounts to a 1 in 119 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018.
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.
Coming in at number 8 on our list of most dangerous places in Ohio, residents of Portsmouth had a 1 in 18.0 chance of being the victim of a crime.
Logan placed 9th on our list due, in part, to a 1 in 18.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime.
Lima had 240 violent crimes and 1,664 property crimes in 2018.
Like all cities, there are rougher sections and nicer sections, so be sure to stay safe at night.
Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Ohio
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 Ohio 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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