Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Rhode Island?
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 Rhode Island — and anyone looking to move to Rhode Island — 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 Ocean State:
- Woonsocket (Photos)
- Newport (Photos)
- Central Falls (Photos)
- Cranston (Photos)
- West Warwick
- East Providence (Photos)
Why did Woonsocket 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 Rhode Island.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Rhode Island for 2018?
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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.
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 32 cities in Rhode Island.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 32 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 Rhode Island — Woonsocket. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Rhode Island.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Rhode Island.
Population: 41,511Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 510
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,341
Located in northern Rhode Island at the border of Massachusetts, Woonsocket ranks in the top 1st worst rates of violent and property crime in the state.
Residents of Woonsocket faced a 1 in 195 chance of being the victim of violence, a rate which steadily increased from 2014-16.
Property crime did drop by a modest amount during this interval though.
Population: 24,077Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 257
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,886
Newport? On a list of most dangerous cities in Rhode Island? Yep, the city that’s famous for its massive gaudy mansions and being the nexus of New England’s high society also has the 2nd worst crime in the state.
Newport residents faced 1 in 34.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016.
That’s about a 10% drop from 2015, when Newport’s rate would have been even worse than the state’s capital.
3. Central Falls
Population: 19,277Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 653
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,339
Just a few ticks north of Providence, Central Falls has the smallest area of any city, and highest population density of anywhere in the state (its population density is greater than Boston’s).
Living in such a densely packed place evidently breeds a high rate of violence in the state, with residents of Central Falls facing a 1 in 152 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2016.
Population: 81,162Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 152
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,859
The 2nd most populated city in the state, Cranston is just 5 miles south of Providence and part of the capital’s greater metro area.
While violence increased by 45% between 2014-16, residents only faced a 1 in 654 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016, a rate that wouldn’t make the top ten in most other states.
But, relatively speaking, Cranston has more violent crime than the majority of Rhode Island’s cities.
Population: 29,322 Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 7)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 146
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,538
Johnston, Rhode Island experienced 451 property crimes in 2016, meaning residents had about a 1 in 65.0 chance of being a victim of theft or arson.
That number hasn’t changed much in recent years, but the violent crime rate dropped, making a big difference in Johnston’s overall ranking.
6. West Warwick
Population: 28,777 Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 208
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,153
West Warwick is just behind regular Warwick in terms of its overall crime, but is much more violent than its eastern namesake.
Between 2014-16, violent crime fell, leaving residents a 1 in 479 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
Property crime also dropped during these years, meaning West Warwick may be off this list in another year if the trend keeps up.
Population: 21,770 Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 91
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,975
Lincoln, a city in Providence County, has seen its crime increase overall for the last few years. According to the FBI, violent crimes have nearly doubled here, and residents have a 1 in 1088 chance of being robbed.
Additionally, there were 20 attacks in a city of only 21,770 residents.
Population: 10,460 Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 114
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,692
The lowest populated city to make this list, Warren is not nearly as violent as the cities much bigger than itself.
While property crime sits at a 1 in 59.1 chance of being the victim of theft or arson, it’s probably an acceptable trade off for a 10th violent crime rank.
Population: 15,768 Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 8)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 139
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,300
Located on the eastern shore of Narragansett Bay, Tiverton isn’t in the top ten for either category of crime, but its cumulatively bad score earns it the last spot on this list.
Violent crime sits at 8th overall in 2016, while property crime ranks 11th.
10. East Providence
Population: 47,456Rank Last Year: 16 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 145
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,158
East Providence may not even be on this list in another year if the current trends continue — violent crime was more than cut in half between 2014-16, with the number of instances falling from to 69.
Property crime also fell during this time, so East Providence is improving its crime altogether.
Locking It All Up In Rhode Island
The latest FBI crime data shows that Woonsocket ranks as the most dangerous city in Rhode Island for 2018.
However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Woonsocket’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Rhode Island:
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