These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio For 2017


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Buckeye State for 2017.

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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.

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

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

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 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.

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1. Whitehall

Whitehall, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 18,661
Violent 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.

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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.

2. Moraine

Moraine, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 6,378
Violent 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.

3. Lima

Lima, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 38,154
Violent 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.

4. Cincinnati

Cincinnati, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 298,478
Violent 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.

5. Springfield

Springfield, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 59,804
Violent 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.

6. Canton

Canton, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 72,111
Violent 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.

7. Portsmouth

Portsmouth, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 20,346
Violent 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.

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8. Dayton

Dayton, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 140,683
Violent 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.

9. Chillicothe

Chillicothe, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 21,696
Violent 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.

10. Toledo

Toledo, Ohio

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 279,552
Violent 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:

  1. Chester Township
  2. Poland Township
  3. Bellevue

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Ohio

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Whitehall 18,661 819 6,500
2 Moraine 6,378 548 10,097
3 Lima 38,154 909 5,676
4 Cincinnati 298,478 925 5,509
5 Springfield 59,804 593 6,185
6 Canton 72,111 1,128 5,336
7 Portsmouth 20,346 520 6,590
8 Dayton 140,683 941 5,038
9 Chillicothe 21,696 460 7,987
10 Toledo 279,552 1,128 4,475
11 Middletown 48,809 481 6,439
12 Mansfield 46,605 489 5,728
13 Youngstown 64,608 733 4,483
14 Hamilton 62,526 551 5,384
15 Zanesville 25,337 347 5,872
16 Mount Healthy 6,053 611 4,427
17 Butler Township 7,857 280 7,598
18 Heath 10,496 323 5,411
19 Fremont 16,380 280 6,190
20 Warren 40,425 554 4,128
21 Circleville 13,482 289 5,592
22 Akron 197,587 591 4,062
23 Columbus 847,745 546 3,934
24 Bucyrus 11,878 252 5,539
25 Trotwood 24,100 348 4,082
26 Washington Court House 14,060 298 4,409
27 Piqua 20,821 249 4,975
28 Alliance 22,023 594 3,205
29 Lancaster 39,793 243 4,794
30 Niles 18,667 316 3,921
31 Forest Park 18,726 293 3,674
32 Galion 10,094 257 3,992
33 Nelsonville 5,170 212 4,468
34 Bellefontaine 13,124 228 3,779
35 Wilmington 12,350 194 4,412
36 Van Wert 10,755 278 3,189
37 North College Hill 9,355 309 2,896
38 Barberton 26,242 221 3,486
39 Brooklyn 10,897 146 5,524
40 Bedford 12,744 204 3,829
41 West Carrollton 12,983 292 2,857
42 Sandusky 25,213 218 3,414
43 Sidney 20,836 172 4,204
44 Cheviot 8,314 216 3,427
45 Kenton 8,234 170 4,202
46 Xenia 25,970 223 3,145
47 Colerain Township 58,974 193 3,577
48 Miami Township, Montgomery County 29,134 161 4,084
49 Wellston 5,503 236 2,889
50 Warren Township 5,356 373 2,427
51 Logan 7,150 167 3,930
52 Ontario 6,106 98 9,204
53 Troy 25,649 226 2,822
54 Struthers 10,380 211 3,053
55 Massillon 32,301 260 2,619
56 Wooster 26,651 213 3,001
57 East Cleveland 17,339 611 2,053
58 Urbana 11,453 130 4,068
59 Port Clinton 5,998 316 2,350
60 Oberlin 8,215 219 2,848
61 Greenville 12,990 230 2,625
62 Ironton 10,963 264 2,453
63 Bedford Heights 10,659 318 2,195
64 Huber Heights 38,164 217 2,777
65 Oxford 21,816 320 2,172
66 Jackson 6,256 191 2,957
67 Fairfield 42,824 212 2,615
68 Fairfield Township 22,163 130 3,203
69 Defiance 16,698 155 3,018
70 Fairborn 33,423 209 2,585
71 London 10,094 188 2,724
72 Grove City 39,251 117 3,398
73 Riverside 24,993 224 2,264
74 South Euclid 21,772 169 2,815
75 Upper Sandusky 6,555 244 2,135
76 Blue Ash 12,159 189 2,574
77 Austintown 35,850 161 2,663
78 Northwood 5,371 186 2,494
79 Bexley 13,634 117 2,999
80 Jackson Township, Stark County 40,779 129 2,827
81 Delaware 38,035 160 2,505
82 Cleveland Heights 44,942 186 2,316
83 Richmond Heights 10,481 133 2,623
84 Hillsboro 6,536 91 3,212
85 Springfield Township, Hamilton County 36,574 194 2,088
86 Vandalia 15,106 172 2,244
87 Milford 6,939 86 3,343
88 West Chester Township 60,365 120 2,491
89 Kent 29,831 217 1,645
90 Napoleon 8,622 92 2,887
91 University Heights 13,126 159 2,171
92 Groveport 5,751 69 3,581
93 Mentor 46,802 126 2,271
94 Maumee 13,978 78 3,054
95 Oregon 20,160 173 1,909
96 Norwalk 16,870 77 3,064
97 Liberty Township 11,723 221 1,416
98 Bowling Green 31,878 150 1,998
99 Cuyahoga Falls 49,124 101 2,406
100 Willoughby 22,495 120 2,160

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11 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio For 2017

  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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