These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Buckeye State for 2018.

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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.

As luck would have it, some of the biggest names in Ohio are also the most dangerous according to the most recent FBI data.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Buckeye State:

  1. Springfield (Photos)
  2. Moraine (Photos)
  3. Lima (Photos)
  4. Cleveland (Photos)
  5. Whitehall (Photos)
  6. Middletown (Photos)
  7. Dayton (Photos)
  8. Canton (Photos)
  9. Cincinnati (Photos)
  10. Chillicothe (Photos)

Why did Springfield 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.

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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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Ohio for 2018?

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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.

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 239 cities in Ohio.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 239 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 — Springfield. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Ohio.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio Graph

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Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Ohio.

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1. Springfield

Springfield, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,503
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 690
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,789
Springfield shot up the rankings this year to take the spot as the most dangerous city in Ohio for 2018.

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Springfield, a St. Louis suburb, has seen property crimes plummet about 30% recently, so law enforcement must be cracking down on vehicle thefts and home invasion robberies.

But, statistically, 1 in 144 people in Springfield were raped, attacked or murdered in 2016. Wow.

2. Moraine

Moraine, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,385
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 532
Property Crimes Per 100k: 10,712
Moraine has more violent crime than most cities in the Buckeye State.

While property crime dropped by 10% between 2014-16, violent crime rose by 11%, producing very little net gain for the city’s overall crime rate.

In 2016, Moraine residents had a 1 in 9.3 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

3. Lima

Lima, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 37,715
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 943
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,989
Located in Allen County, Lima hasn’t experienced much of a change in its crime statistics recently.

Its relatively poor violent crime statistics went up between 2014-16, while property crime fell by a very small amount to 2,259 occurrences.

4. Cleveland

Cleveland, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 386,227
Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,630
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,316
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 13th for property crime and 1st for violent crime according to the most recent FBI data.

FYI – Cleveland didn’t rank last year because they didn’t submit data to the FBI.

5. Whitehall

Whitehall, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,804
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 813
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,184
Tiny Whitehall, statistically, is the 7th most violent city per capita in the entire state of Ohio. Whitehall, for those outside of the St. Louis area, is essentially a tiny St. Louis suburb.

While crimes here skyrocketed in 2015, apparently, local jurisdictions have made progress, as crimes went down in 2016. However, for a town of just over 18,804 people, 153 violent crimes is eye opening. Statistically, 1 in 122 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.

6. Middletown

Middletown, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,768
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 522
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,758
Folks who live in little Middletown have the 191 highest chance of being the victim of a rape or attack. The city, located in Southeastern Ohio, has seen a moderate population decline in recent years, perhaps due to the crime happening within its city limits.

In 2016, 1 out of 13.7 Middletown residents were the victim of a crime.

Middletown is also home of the famous Lambert?s Cafe (the ‘throwed rolls restaurant’).

7. Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 140,260
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 999
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,158
Dayton ranks 3rd and 16th for violent and property crime.

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And while the city is about half a violent as some other cities, its below average score still earns it the title of 7th most dangerous city in Ohio.

The good news is that violent crime was reduced by about 10% from 2014-16, but the bad news is that property crime rose by 21% in that period.

8. Canton

Canton, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 71,652
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 944
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,113
Canton is a tad bit safer than it was last year at this time.

You have a 1 in 19.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Canton and a 1 in 105 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.

9. Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 298,880
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 910
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,146

Cincinnati has done a good job of cracking down on crime year over year. It still ranks highly for violent crime, but at least property crime isn’t as big of an issue.

It’s hard for bigger cities to stay off this list, but remember that certain parts of the city are much more dangerous than others.

10. Chillicothe

Chillicothe, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,692
Rank Last Year: 9 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 433
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,053
Chillicothe, located in Ross County, is the 10th most dangerous and 22nd most violent city in Ohio.

Violent crime has remained high from 2014-16, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

Locking It All Up In Ohio

The latest FBI crime data shows that Springfield ranks as the most dangerous city in Ohio for 2018.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Springfield’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:

  1. Chester Township
  2. Olmsted Township
  3. St. Clair Township

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Ohio

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Springfield 1 5 59,503 690 6,789
Moraine 2 2 6,385 532 10,712
Lima 3 3 37,715 943 5,989
Cleveland 4 386,227 1,630 5,316
Whitehall 5 1 18,804 813 6,184
Middletown 6 11 48,768 522 6,758
Dayton 7 8 140,260 999 5,158
Canton 8 6 71,652 944 5,113
Cincinnati 9 4 298,880 910 5,146
Chillicothe 10 9 21,692 433 8,053
Butler Township 11 17 7,856 458 5,829
Hamilton 12 14 62,423 512 5,312
Mansfield 13 12 46,656 447 5,583
Steubenville 14 18,137 330 5,982
Toledo 15 10 278,366 1,192 4,020
Akron 16 22 197,257 616 4,383
Zanesville 17 15 25,494 364 5,052
Brooklyn 18 39 10,841 267 6,207
Mount Healthy 19 16 6,028 514 4,296
Youngstown 20 13 64,181 646 3,779
Columbus 21 23 862,515 521 4,070
Lancaster 22 29 39,959 352 4,569
Warren 23 20 40,005 569 3,772
Trotwood 24 25 24,024 374 4,004
Heath 25 18 10,528 218 6,306
Circleville 26 21 13,930 265 4,838
Norwood 27 20,065 259 5,048
Alliance 28 28 22,012 449 3,498
Kenton 29 45 8,199 231 5,061
Washington Court House 30 26 13,986 264 4,375
Fremont 31 19 16,215 197 5,192
Marion 32 36,278 294 3,638
North College Hill 33 37 9,320 321 3,336
Sidney 34 41 20,797 216 4,452
Cheviot 35 44 8,281 362 3,067
Springfield Township, Summit County 36 17,813 190 5,024
Franklin 37 11,782 195 4,600
Wellston 38 49 5,459 329 2,949
Van Wert 39 36 10,794 268 3,270
Bucyrus 40 24 11,830 202 4,150
Barberton 41 38 26,172 286 3,052
Nelsonville 42 33 5,159 213 3,779
Forest Park 43 31 18,669 251 3,390
Reynoldsburg 44 37,406 219 3,595
Wooster 45 54 26,883 271 2,886
Piqua 46 27 20,845 187 4,231
Oberlin 47 60 8,342 455 2,541
Niles 48 30 18,538 285 2,826
Elyria 49 53,633 300 2,765
Huber Heights 50 63 38,180 220 3,326
Logan 51 51 7,106 211 3,419
Wilmington 52 35 12,443 144 4,645
Xenia 53 46 26,037 203 3,153
Colerain Township 54 47 58,907 188 3,624
Bedford Heights 55 64 10,594 264 2,737
Greenville 56 61 12,962 339 2,430
Sandusky 57 40 25,078 179 3,632
Cambridge 58 10,341 135 4,680
Port Clinton 59 59 5,939 218 2,862
Fairborn 60 70 33,587 250 2,703
University Heights 61 91 13,131 342 2,322
Oregon 62 95 20,055 184 3,315
Warren Township 63 50 5,320 300 2,368
Galion 64 32 10,053 169 3,392
East Cleveland 65 57 17,240 643 1,983
Shelby 66 125 9,012 188 2,862
Fairfield 67 67 42,810 256 2,441
Miami Township, Montgomery County 68 48 29,140 133 3,977
Bellefontaine 69 34 13,073 175 3,090
Richmond Heights 70 83 10,445 258 2,383
Cleveland Heights 71 81 44,696 324 2,230
Jackson Township, Stark County 72 80 40,780 176 3,025
Struthers 73 56 10,314 261 2,365
Ontario 74 52 6,091 82 6,074
Riverside 75 73 24,920 204 2,479
Urbana 76 58 11,482 121 3,657
Grove City 77 71 40,161 107 4,178
Bexley 78 79 13,775 188 2,606
West Carrollton 79 42 12,944 169 2,765
Ironton 80 62 10,856 193 2,487
Milford 81 87 6,910 130 3,342
Mount Vernon 82 16,685 101 4,075
South Euclid 83 74 21,686 161 2,628
Monroe 84 113 15,933 150 2,736
Hillsboro 85 84 6,547 122 3,100
Bedford 86 43 12,678 236 2,011
Delaware 87 82 38,658 188 2,302
Upper Sandusky 88 75 6,515 184 2,348
Willard 89 6,031 66 5,007
Jackson 90 66 6,211 161 2,431
Willoughby 91 100 22,701 198 2,105
Perkins Township 92 119 11,844 135 2,600
Liberty Township 93 98 11,655 274 1,613
Fairfield Township 94 68 22,417 124 2,667
Englewood 95 13,455 96 3,039
Maumee 96 94 13,875 108 2,738
Cuyahoga Falls 97 99 49,064 136 2,329
Kent 98 89 29,995 223 1,653
Groveport 99 92 5,813 86 3,062
Austintown 100 77 35,680 145 2,292
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16 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio For 2018

  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.

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