These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Pennsylvania For 2019


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

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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.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Keystone State for 2019:

  1. McKees Rocks (Photos)
  2. Ambridge (Photos)
  3. Darby (Photos)
  4. Duquesne (Photos)
  5. Chester (Photos)
  6. Taylor (Photos)
  7. Lancaster (Photos)
  8. Bradford (Photos)
  9. Pottstown
  10. Steelton (Photos)

After analyzing 447 cities in Pennsylvania, why did McKees Rocks 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 Pennsylvania.

If you’re looking for something more national, check out the most dangerous cities in America or the most dangerous states in America.

For more Pennsylvania reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Pennsylvania

Most Dangerous Cities In Pennsylvania Graph

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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.

Mckees Rocks, PA

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Population: 5,926
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,333 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,467 (1st most dangerous)
More on McKees Rocks:  Data | Photos

It’s probably no surprise for most Pennsylvaniaer’s to see McKees Rocks taking first place for most dangerous city in the state.

McKees Rocks experienced a rise in violent crime between 2015-17, tempered by a drop in property crime, meaning that, overall, crime has stayed at about the same level over the years.

In 2017, folks in McKees Rocks had a 1 in 75 chance of being murdered, raped, or assaulted, and a 1 in 18.3 chance of being robbed or the victim of arson.

Ambridge, PA

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Population: 6,744
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,556 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,314 (4th most dangerous)
More on Ambridge:  Data | Photos

Ambridge, with a population of around 6,744 has experienced decent amount of crime in recent years.

Currently, residents have a 1 in 23.2 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017 and a 1 in 64 chance of being the victim of violent crime. That’s good for a 2nd overall ranking on our list of dangerous places in Pennsylvania.

Darby, PA

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Population: 10,648
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,615 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,765 (10th most dangerous)
More on Darby:  Data | Photos

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.

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Population: 5,507
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,561 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,958 (8th most dangerous)
More on Duquesne:  Data | Photos

Duquesne might be one of the smallest city to make this list, but it proves that small towns can be every bit as dangerous as big cities.

Duquesne has seen their property crime statistics drop by over 10% from 2015-17.

Still, for every year you’re within Duquesne city limits, you face a greater than 1 in 25.3 chance of being robbed.

Chester, PA

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Population: 33,984
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,609 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,298 (24th most dangerous)
More on Chester:  Data | Photos

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.

Taylor, PA

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Population: 5,929
Rank Last Year: 32 (Up 26)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 995 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,423 (20th most dangerous)
More on Taylor:  Data | Photos

Coming in as the 6th most dangerous city in Pennsylvania is Taylor.

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 Taylor a 1 in 1229.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017, and a 1 in 100 chance of being the victim of violence.

Lancaster, PA

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Population: 59,199
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 895 (17th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,376 (22nd most dangerous)
More on Lancaster:  Data | Photos

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, PA

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Population: 8,307
Rank Last Year: 19 (Up 11)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 782 (22nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,430 (19th most dangerous)
More on Bradford:  Data | Photos

Bradford has the smallest population of any city in Pennsylvania, but still places 8th in our ranking.

Living in such a small place evidently breeds a high rate of violence in the state, with residents of Bradford facing a 1 in 127 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

9. Pottstown

Pottstown, PA

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Population: 22,706
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, PA

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 5,897
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,000 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,154 (31st most dangerous)
More on Steelton:  Data | Photos

Both property crime and violent crime fell in Steelton between 2015-17, but both bounced back up in 2017 relative to the one year previous.

Residents still faced a 1 in 99 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

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:

  1. O’Hara Township (Pop. 8,514)
  2. East Marlborough Township (Pop. 7,310)
  3. Luzerne Township (Pop. 5,868)

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Pennsylvania

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 McKees Rocks 5,926 1,333 5,467
2 Ambridge 6,744 1,556 4,314
3 Darby 10,648 1,615 3,765
4 Duquesne 5,507 1,561 3,958
5 Chester 33,984 1,609 3,298
6 Taylor 5,929 995 3,423
7 Lancaster 59,199 895 3,376
8 Bradford 8,307 782 3,430
9 Pottstown 22,706 726 3,598
10 Steelton 5,897 1,000 3,154
11 Clearfield 5,940 723 3,434
12 Wilson 7,768 926 3,179
13 Harrisburg 48,804 1,155 3,061
14 Wilkinsburg 15,530 740 3,296
15 Philadelphia 1,575,595 947 3,063
16 York 43,857 1,076 2,936
17 McKeesport 20,937 2,125 2,765
18 Yeadon 11,499 730 3,148
19 Butler 13,057 505 3,637
20 Dickson City 5,794 414 4,590
21 Lawrence Township, Clearfield County 7,694 1,026 2,833
22 Johnstown 20,946 749 3,026
23 Connellsville 7,405 472 3,565
24 Charleroi Regional 6,556 594 3,248
25 Pittsburgh 305,932 656 3,114
26 Sharon Hill 5,683 844 2,868
27 New Kensington 12,508 399 3,885
28 Beaver Falls 8,516 399 3,710
29 Collingdale 8,762 1,072 2,510
30 Sharon 13,305 518 3,104
31 Swatara Township 24,867 353 4,218
32 Washington, Washington County 13,435 468 3,118
33 New Castle 21,968 427 3,295
34 Monessen 7,364 828 2,552
35 Wilkes-Barre 40,418 621 2,724
36 Allegheny Township, Blair County 6,602 696 2,559
37 Moosic 5,759 555 2,708
38 Reading 87,487 713 2,407
39 Williamsport 28,743 372 3,061
40 New Brighton 8,907 314 3,368
41 Allentown 120,823 461 2,732
42 Stowe Township 6,181 436 2,798
43 Lewistown 8,196 378 2,964
44 Plymouth 5,766 1,352 2,029
45 Corry 6,321 411 2,657
46 Bellevue 8,140 319 2,985
47 Selinsgrove 5,930 708 2,074
48 Coatesville 13,057 574 2,136
49 Coraopolis 5,513 308 2,847
50 Mount Carmel 5,644 708 1,984
51 Chambersburg 20,757 269 2,895
52 Stroud Area Regional 34,259 251 3,082
53 Clifton Heights 6,695 448 2,180
54 Folcroft 6,623 603 1,962
55 Uniontown 9,875 283 2,582
56 Bethlehem 75,336 788 1,803
57 Tamaqua 6,748 340 2,311
58 Latrobe 7,950 352 2,264
59 Indiana 13,984 865 1,737
60 Aliquippa 9,048 629 1,812
61 Center Township 11,628 266 2,519
62 Darby Township 9,302 526 1,870
63 Erie 98,071 312 2,302
64 Pottsville 13,645 461 1,898
65 Quakertown 8,768 421 1,984
66 Sunbury 9,520 619 1,775
67 Lansdowne 10,604 292 2,253
68 Lebanon 25,771 345 2,087
69 Clairton 6,588 667 1,745
70 Du Bois 7,504 319 2,118
71 Lower Southampton Township 19,120 434 1,846
72 Crafton 6,251 175 3,423
73 West Manchester Township 18,865 217 2,857
74 Penn Hills 41,425 436 1,832
75 Morrisville 8,523 199 3,038
76 Catasauqua 6,562 243 2,407
77 Spring Garden Township 13,044 252 2,315
78 Gettysburg 7,716 479 1,762
79 Greensburg 14,356 299 2,068
80 Hermitage 15,782 196 2,921
81 Hanover Township, Luzerne County 10,822 249 2,300
82 Hanover 15,606 230 2,422
83 Scranton 77,499 255 2,190
84 Pocono Township 10,706 233 2,325
85 Caln Township 14,137 254 2,185
86 Altoona 44,366 270 2,069
87 Bangor 5,179 540 1,679
88 East Norriton Township 14,154 282 2,055
89 Downingtown 7,907 227 2,390
90 Norristown 34,374 544 1,669
91 Plymouth Township, Montgomery County 17,835 196 2,685
92 Whitehall Township 27,536 145 3,686
93 Lehighton 5,241 248 2,098
94 Milton 6,879 915 1,395
95 Tyrone 5,273 360 1,763
96 Lancaster Township, Lancaster County 17,229 191 2,472
97 Upper Darby Township 82,601 469 1,570
98 Swissvale 8,734 366 1,717
99 Glenolden 7,153 223 2,069
100 North Lebanon Township 11,975 233 1,878

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12 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Pennsylvania For 2019

  1. I’m surprised Johnstown isn’t ranked higher! Violent crime such as shootings and stabbing a are still too frequent here! I work in a hospital and see the traumas all the time! Drugs have caused 80% of this problem!

  2. Just to clarify, a majority of people left Johnstown after the steel mills closed. The increase in crime has only been around for the last 5 years. In an effort to bring people back and try to generate revenue from it, the city added halfway housing, a methadone clinic, and has been known to advertise low income housing in rougher cities like Philadelphia and even out of state.
    Most of the drug related crime is funneling in from states like New York, New Jersey, Ohio. It’s a small town, most residents would rather move than try to save this dying town. It’s sad, this poor town is looking and feeling more and more like Detroit.
    I still hold out some hope for this place though.

  3. The reason why crime continues to increase worldwide is because most people are not born again Christians.Also there is a percentage of people worldwide who claim they are born again who are not being fully faithful to the Lord Gods word.The holy bible predicted SIN will intensify.Jesus Christ will come down on a cloud in great power and glory.He will resurrect the true Christians from there graves.These Christians will meet the Lord Jesus Christ in the sky.People who are not saved will be left behind.Some Christians are hypocrites.Some unsaved are hypocrites.

  4. Crime continues to increase every year in cities worldwide because of SIN!Most people throughout the world are not Christians.There are those claiming to be Christians worldwide.A percentage are not being faithful to the Lord God.What are we so afraid of?Are we ashamed of Jesus Christ?Are we afraid of changing?The Holy bible says it will get worst!

  5. Truth has never been lost, we left it. We never had a right to hate others through jealous, bigotry, racism or any other type of hatred. The only time we are justified is in proverbs 8 :13. Google it! Repent ! Do a self examination.

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