10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio For 2020


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Buckeye State for 2020.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Ohio and is updated for 2020.

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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.

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio For 2020

  1. Canton
  2. Whitehall
  3. Chillicothe
  4. Dayton
  5. Cleveland
  6. Cincinnati
  7. Springfield
  8. Portsmouth
  9. Logan
  10. Lima

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.

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 2020

Canton, OH

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 70,605
Rank Last Year: 3 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,196 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,367 (7th most dangerous)
More on Canton:  Data | Photos

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.

Whitehall, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 19,024
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 625 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,645 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Whitehall:  Data | Photos

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, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 21,441
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 485 (19th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,564 (1st most dangerous)
More on Chillicothe:  Data | Photos

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, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 140,094
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 921 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,513 (17th most dangerous)
More on Dayton:  Data | Photos

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.

Cleveland, OH

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 384,666
Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,449 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,411 (19th most dangerous)
More on Cleveland:  Data | Photos

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, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 301,952
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 839 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,540 (16th most dangerous)
More on Cincinnati:  Data | Photos

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, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 59,016
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 569 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,322 (10th most dangerous)
More on Springfield:  Data | Photos

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.

Portsmouth, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 20,473
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 576 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,987 (13th most dangerous)
More on Portsmouth:  Data | Photos

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, OH

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 7,059
Rank Last Year: 35 (Up 26)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 396 (23rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,439 (5th most dangerous)
More on Logan:  Data | Photos

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, OH

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Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 36,948
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 649 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,503 (18th most dangerous)
More on Lima:  Data | Photos

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

Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio Graph

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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 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:

  1. Broadview Heights (Pop. 19,236)
  2. Olmsted Falls (Pop. 8,912)
  3. Russell Township (Pop. 5,216)

For more Ohio reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Canton 70,605 1,196 5,367
2 Whitehall 19,024 625 5,645
3 Chillicothe 21,441 485 7,564
4 Dayton 140,094 921 4,513
5 Cleveland 384,666 1,449 4,411
6 Cincinnati 301,952 839 4,540
7 Springfield 59,016 569 5,322
8 Portsmouth 20,473 576 4,987
9 Logan 7,059 396 5,439
10 Lima 36,948 649 4,503

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31 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio For 2020

  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,

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