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.
So what is the most dangerous city in Ohio? After analyzing 247 cities in Ohio, Whitehall takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Ohio based on the most recent FBI data.
For 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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Ohio
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Ohio for 2019?
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 2017 data, specifically the 2017 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2019.
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 247 cities in Ohio.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 247 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.
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Ohio For 2019
Tiny Whitehall, statistically, is the 10th 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 2016, apparently, local jurisdictions have made progress, as crimes went down in 2017. However, for a town of just over 18,835 people, 125 violent crimes is eye opening. Statistically, 1 in 150 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.
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 159 people in Springfield were raped, attacked or murdered in 2017. Wow.
You have a 1 in 18.9 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Canton and a 1 in 84 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
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.
Lima is the 5th most violent city in Ohio.
Unfortunately, Lima has experienced a quick and steady rise in its crime in recent years, with both violent and property crime increasing between 2015-17.
In 2017, residents of Lima had a 1 in 135 chance of being the victim of violence.
Portsmouth Ohio has seen crime within its city limits head downwards over the last few years, but it’s still a relatively dangerous place.
Chances are if you live in Portsmouth, someone you know was the victim of a break-in or theft in recent years, as nearly 1 in 15.1 residents had a run in with a criminal last year.
If you live in Cincinnati, you already know which parts of town to avoid. But did you know you have a 1 in 105 chance of being raped, attacked or outright killed every year? Those are the stats.
Plus, 1 in 19.8 people has their lives screwed up due to a property crime of some sort. Odds are if you’ve lived in Cincinnati for a long time, you’ve been robbed at least one time in your life.
If you pass through Cincinnati, lock your doors. And don’t talk to strangers.
Chillicothe has the distinction of having the least property crime per capita of any place on this list.
And the good news doesn’t stop there — violent crime fell between 2015-17.
Chillicothe’s violent crime statistics place it 22nd in the ranking.
The trajectory of Middletown’s crime rate gives it a 9th place finish in our analysis.
Violent crime shot up from 2015-17, while instances of property crime also went up.
That left residents of Middletown with a 1 in 196 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.
Dayton is slightly less dangerous than some of the others on the list, but it is still a very uncomfortable place to live if you cherish safety. While the number of robberies here has gone down lately, violent crimes have gone up. Statistically, 1 out of 113 people was attacked in 2017.
Locking It All Up In Ohio
The latest FBI crime data shows that Whitehall ranks as the most dangerous city in Ohio for 2019.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Whitehall 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:
- Sagamore Hills (Pop. 10,951)
- Broadview Heights (Pop. 19,228)
- Chester Township (Pop. 10,355)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio
|25||Springfield Township, Summit County||14,434|
|29||North College Hill||9,311|
|33||Washington Court House||14,136|
|79||Jackson Township, Stark County||40,624|
|89||Miami Township, Montgomery County||28,996|
|91||Springfield Township, Hamilton County||36,571|