Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Pennsylvania?
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 Pennsylvania — and anyone looking to move to Pennsylvania — 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 Pennsylvania? After analyzing 447 cities in Pennsylvania, McKees Rocks takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Pennsylvania 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 Pennsylvania.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Pennsylvania
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Pennsylvania 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 447 cities in Pennsylvania.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 447 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 Pennsylvania — McKees Rocks.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Pennsylvania.
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Pennsylvania For 2019
McKees Rocks is safer than the city above it, but it’s still the 1st most dangerous city in Pennsylvania.
There’s a 1 in 1st chance of being the victim of theft or arson — pretty darn high — and those numbers have remained consistently high in recent years.
Ambridge ranks as the 2nd most dangerous city in Pennsylvania.
The sheer volume of people passing through Ambridge probably contributes to the high occurrence of violent crime within the city. There were 105 violent crimes in 2017.
Located just five miles southwest of downtown Philadelphia, Darby is the most violent city in Pennsylvania by a wide, wide margin.
A shockingly high 1 in 61 of Darby’s residents was a victim of a violent crime in 2017, a rate four times worse than Philly.
And violent crime has only been going up recently, with a spike in the violent crime rate between 2015-17.
Duquesne ranks 4th overall for dangerous places in Pennsylvania.
In 2017, residents faced a 1 in 64 chance of being the victim of a violent crime.
Duquesne’s violent crimes have risen 8% in recent years, meaning it’s on track to overtake the role of most dangerous city in Pennsylvania in the not too distant future.
Residents of Chester faced an unbelievable 1 in 62 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017. That contributed to an overall ranking of 5th most dangerous in Pennsylvania.
If you live in Taylor, you already know which parts of town to avoid. But did you know you have a 1 in 100 chance of being raped, attacked or outright killed every year? Those are the stats.
Plus, 1 in 29.2 people has their lives screwed up due to a property crime of some sort. Odds are if you’ve lived in Taylor for a long time, you’ve been robbed at least one time in your life.
If you pass through Taylor, lock your doors. And don’t talk to strangers.
Lancaster has more outdoor CCTV cameras per capita than other U.S. city, and, despite the controversy among residents, it’s kinda understandable.
Not only that, but it seems to be working (somewhat), as violent crime has been held steady in recent years and property crime has fallen.
Still, a 1 in 29.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime hardly seems like a cause for celebration.
Bradford’s violent crime rate resembles something more like a big city than the small town that it is.
The crime mentality of the populous gave Bradford a 22nd place finish for violent crime rank and 19th for property crime.
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 726 (26th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,598 (15th most dangerous)
More on Pottstown:
Just 30 miles northwest of Philadelphia, Pottstown has the 15th worst property crime rate in the state.
Property crime rose between 2015-17, leaving residents of Pottstown with a 1 in 27.8 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.
At least violent crime fell during this interval.
Steelton is the 12th most violent city, with residents facing a 1 in 99 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.
Progress has been made in recent years, however, reflected by a 12% drop in violent crime, and an 11% drop in property crime between 2015-17.
Locking It All Up In Pennsylvania
The latest FBI crime data shows that McKees Rocks ranks as the most dangerous city in Pennsylvania for 2019.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in McKees Rocks 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 Pennsylvania:
- O’Hara Township (Pop. 8,514)
- East Marlborough Township (Pop. 7,310)
- Luzerne Township (Pop. 5,868)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Pennsylvania
|21||Lawrence Township, Clearfield County||7,694|
|32||Washington, Washington County||13,435|
|36||Allegheny Township, Blair County||6,602|
|52||Stroud Area Regional||34,259|
|71||Lower Southampton Township||19,120|
|73||West Manchester Township||18,865|
|77||Spring Garden Township||13,044|
|81||Hanover Township, Luzerne County||10,822|
|88||East Norriton Township||14,154|
|91||Plymouth Township, Montgomery County||17,835|
|96||Lancaster Township, Lancaster County||17,229|
|97||Upper Darby Township||82,601|
|100||North Lebanon Township||11,975|