Have you just been offered a new job in a new state that you know nothing about? You may be excited at the new opportunity to live in a new place, meet new people, and become a local of a city that is currently foreign to you.
When moving to a new place, there is a lot of excitement, but not all of that energy is the feel-good type. You might also be filled with nervous energy.
How do I know which neighborhoods are good? Will I live near all the action or will I end up in a boring suburb outside of the city? Most importantly, will where I live be safe?
Safety is one of the main concerns everyone has when moving to a new place or even when considering changing your location in the same city.
We want to be able to go to sleep at night and feel comfortable and secure in where we live. Security like this has a major impact on our health and wellbeing, so who wouldn’t want an extra boost in that department?
So where are you moving to next? If it happens to be Ohio, then this is the article for you. Ohio is a state filled with many exciting cities, but the state does have a more dangerous city or two.
If you enjoy beautiful state parks, walking through large cities, and fields upon fields of corn, then Ohio is a great choice. But where are the dangerous places to avoid living as a newcomer?
You will want to know all you can about the cities you live in, but how do you find that information?
Luckily for you, RoadSnacks has figured out that answer for you.
We analyzed 247 cities in Ohio using the latest FBI crime data to determine which cities in Ohio were the most likely to make you double check your doors are locked.
The winner? Whitehall, Ohio. In this small town located just below the Columbus International Airport, you will find crime at its peak.
The larger cities didn’t fare much better. Cleveland, Dayton, and Cincinnati all ranked in our top 10 most dangerous cities list.
Interested to see how your favorite cities stacked up? Read on to learn more about our methodology and to see what makes each of these cities so dangerous.
Or learn more about the safest places in Ohio.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places 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, with a population of 37,220 ranks as the 5th most dangerous city based on 2017 data.
Between 2015-17, violent crime fell, leaving residents a 1 in 135 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.
Property crime also dropped during these years, meaning Lima may be off this list in another year if the trend keeps up.
Portsmouth has more problems — namely crime. It’s the 6th most dangerous city in Ohio.
Statistically, 1 in 173 people in Portsmouth was the victim of a rape, attack or outright killed in 2017. That’s a really large number.
And that’s just residents who actually reported a crime. Chances are it was even higher than that.
Coming in as the 7th most dangerous city in Ohio is Cincinnati.
While violent crime has been steadily dropping in recent years, with a 10% total drop in violent crime from 2015-17, property crime went up by nearly the same rate during this interval.
That left residents of Cincinnati a 1 in 1219.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017, and a 1 in 105 chance of being the victim of violence.
Located in Ross County., Chillicothe is the 8th most dangerous city in Ohio.
With residents facing a 1 in 233 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017, Chillicothe it earns a spot on the most dangerous places in Ohio.
The 20th most populated city in Ohio, Middletown ranks as the 9th most dangerous.
Middletown’s crime problem has been slowly improving in recent years, with violent crime going down from 2015-17, and property crime dropping.
Still, Middletown residents face about a 1 in 16.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.
The 6th-largest city in Ohio is a dangerous one. Though crime looks like it ticked down recently, it’s still, statistically, the 10th most dangerous place in the state of Ohio.
Residents here have a 1 in 113 chance of being the victim of a violent crime, which includes rape, aggravated assault and murders.
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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.
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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