These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio For 2019

We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Buckeye State for 2019.

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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 for 2019:

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

After analyzing 247 cities in Ohio, 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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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Ohio

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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.

Whitehall, OH

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Population: 18,835
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 663 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,737 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Whitehall:  Data | Photos

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, OH

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Population: 58,843
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 628 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,838 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Springfield:  Data | Photos

Springfield, right in the middle of Dayton and Columbus, 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.

Canton, OH

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Population: 71,031
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,176 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,301 (14th most dangerous)
More on Canton:  Data | Photos

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.

Cleveland, OH

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Population: 385,351
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,556 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,916 (19th most dangerous)
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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, OH

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Population: 37,220
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 738 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,325 (13th most dangerous)
More on Lima:  Data | Photos

Lima ranks as the 5th most dangerous city in Ohio according to the FBI data.

The city ranks as having the 13th highest property crime rank and 7th highest violent crime rank in the Buckeye State.

Portsmouth, OH

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Population: 20,451
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 576 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,038 (7th most dangerous)
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The trajectory of Portsmouth’s crime rate gives it a 6th place finish in our analysis.

Violent crime shot up from 2015-17, while instances of property crime also went up.

That left residents of Portsmouth with a 1 in 173 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

Cincinnati, OH

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Population: 299,116
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 947 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,049 (18th most dangerous)
More on Cincinnati:  Data | Photos

If there’s a silver lining to be had, it’s that violent crimes were down about 20% in 2017 from the previous year.

Chillicothe, OH

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Population: 21,695
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 428 (22nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,895 (1st most dangerous)
More on Chillicothe:  Data | Photos

Chillicothe, located in Ross County, is the 8th most dangerous and 22nd most violent city in Ohio.

Violent crime has remained high from 2015-17, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

Middletown, OH

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Population: 48,828
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 509 (18th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,053 (6th most dangerous)
More on Middletown:  Data | Photos

Folks who live in little Middletown have the 196 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 2017, 1 out of 15.2 Middletown residents were the victim of a crime.

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

Dayton, OH

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Population: 140,171
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 878 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,339 (25th most dangerous)
More on Dayton:  Data | Photos

Dayton isn’t the worst in state in terms of either violent or property crime statistics, but bad rankings in each earn it the title of the 10th most dangerous city in the Buckeye State.

The good news is that instances of property crime dropped between 2015-17, but the bad news is that violent crime rose in the same time period.

That left Dayton residents with a 1 in 113 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017, making the city the 5th most violent place in Ohio.

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:

    1. Sagamore Hills (Pop. 10,951)
    2. Broadview Heights (Pop. 19,228)
    3. Chester Township (Pop. 10,355)

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Whitehall 18,835 663 6,737
2 Springfield 58,843 628 6,838
3 Canton 71,031 1,176 5,301
4 Cleveland 385,351 1,556 4,916
5 Lima 37,220 738 5,325
6 Portsmouth 20,451 576 6,038
7 Cincinnati 299,116 947 5,049
8 Chillicothe 21,695 428 6,895
9 Middletown 48,828 509 6,053
10 Dayton 140,171 878 4,339
11 Mansfield 46,507 533 5,143
12 Toledo, , 277,116 955 4,003
13 Akron 197,412 697 4,234
14 Circleville 13,972 407 5,110
15 Butler Township 7,799 307 5,449
16 Steubenville 17,979 272 6,296
17 Warren 39,643 572 4,056
18 Hamilton 62,094 502 4,200
19 Zanesville 25,457 392 4,544
20 Youngstown 63,889 699 3,697
21 Mount Healthy 6,020 481 4,136
22 Columbus 872,205 513 3,944
23 Norwood 19,994 340 4,476
24 Lancaster 40,026 317 4,262
25 Springfield Township, Summit County 14,434 221 5,410
26 Heath 10,681 215 5,598
27 Lorain 63,672 585 3,170
28 Barberton 26,050 395 3,381
29 North College Hill 9,311 472 3,329
30 Alliance 21,838 343 3,663
31 Sandusky 24,861 281 4,002
32 Wooster 27,172 375 3,371
33 Washington Court House 14,136 290 3,876
34 Logan 7,077 254 4,083
35 Warren Township 5,255 399 3,273
36 Trotwood 24,308 283 3,665
37 Piqua 20,973 257 3,905
38 Wilmington 12,416 185 5,194
39 Euclid 47,270 640 2,680
40 Fremont 16,241 178 5,332
41 Findlay 41,474 308 3,144
42 Brooklyn 10,809 166 6,263
43 Sidney 20,466 205 4,016
44 Port Clinton 5,928 354 2,867
45 Bucyrus 11,828 219 3,686
46 Urbana 11,351 220 3,559
47 Groveport 5,583 214 3,313
48 Reading 10,307 271 2,823
49 Oregon 19,991 180 3,896
50 Nelsonville 5,284 246 2,876
51 Reynoldsburg 37,704 262 2,816
52 Marion 36,230 276 2,746
53 Xenia 26,331 208 3,080
54 Van Wert 10,713 205 3,080
55 Ontario 6,058 132 5,414
56 East Cleveland 17,178 791 1,973
57 Forest Park 18,665 267 2,330
58 Upper Sandusky 6,529 229 2,435
59 Elyria 53,586 356 2,138
60 Milford 6,939 201 2,766
61 Greenville 12,772 313 2,145
62 Salem 11,887 176 2,927
63 Huber Heights 37,996 202 2,502
64 Willard 6,032 116 4,774
65 Cheviot 8,269 181 2,793
66 Colerain Township 58,996 169 2,895
67 Mount Vernon 16,553 132 3,751
68 Bedford Heights 10,558 198 2,415
69 Kenton 8,190 109 4,664
70 South Euclid 21,628 152 2,982
71 University Heights 13,104 228 2,197
72 Englewood 13,504 140 3,280
73 Cleveland Heights 44,525 294 1,974
74 Bexley 13,773 145 3,049
75 Defiance 16,594 156 2,796
76 Fairborn 33,936 241 2,130
77 Fairfield 42,627 211 2,186
78 Grove City 40,421 116 3,376
79 Jackson Township, Stark County 40,624 142 2,710
80 Fairfield Township 22,524 115 3,365
81 West Carrollton 12,898 178 2,209
82 Austintown 35,303 175 2,234
83 Shelby 8,987 122 2,915
84 Lakewood 50,151 147 2,390
85 Hillsboro 6,576 136 2,554
86 London 10,202 137 2,489
87 Galion 10,073 119 2,829
88 Richmond Heights 10,432 182 1,974
89 Miami Township, Montgomery County 28,996 96 3,286
90 Ironton 10,853 138 2,294
91 Springfield Township, Hamilton County 36,571 199 1,842
92 Jackson 6,305 142 2,236
93 Vandalia 15,022 173 2,063
94 Wauseon 7,407 135 2,281
95 Monroe 16,002 118 2,537
96 Cambridge 10,391 67 4,388
97 Sylvania Township 29,536 132 2,329
98 Napoleon 8,410 154 2,104
99 Bedford 12,641 197 1,803
100 Oberlin 8,321 156 2,055

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24 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Ohio For 2019

  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.


    Joyce Chilton

  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.

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