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.

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.

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

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

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19 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.

  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.

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