10 Most Dangerous Cities In Rhode Island


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

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Rhode Island and is updated for 2019.

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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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Rhode Island for 2019:

  1. Providence (Photos)
  2. Woonsocket (Photos)
  3. Pawtucket (Photos)
  4. Newport (Photos)
  5. Central Falls (Photos)
  6. Lincoln
  7. Cranston (Photos)
  8. Johnston
  9. Warren
  10. Warwick (Photos)

So what is the most dangerous city in Rhode Island? After analyzing 35 cities in Rhode Island, Providence takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Rhode Island 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 Rhode Island.

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 Rhode Island reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Rhode Island

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Rhode Island For 2019

Providence, RI

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5
/10

Population: 179,854
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 533 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,294 (1st most dangerous)
More on Providence:  Data | Photos

Rhode Island’s capital — and the third largest city in New England — Providence comes in as the most dangerous city in the state. It has the 1st highest rate of violent crime, and places 1st for its rate of property crime.

Residents of Providence had a 1 in 30.4 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017. They also had a 1 in 187 chance of being the victim of violence.

And the bad news: Both categories of crime have not improved at all in recent years.

Woonsocket, RI

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 41,543
Rank Last Year: 1 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 531 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,279 (4th most dangerous)
More on Woonsocket:  Data | Photos

Located in northern Rhode Island at the border of Massachusetts, Woonsocket ranks in the top 2nd worst rates of violent and property crime in the state.

Residents of Woonsocket faced a 1 in 187 chance of being the victim of violence, a rate which steadily increased from 2015-17.

Property crime did drop by a modest amount during this interval though.

Pawtucket, RI

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 71,648
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 434 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,495 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Pawtucket:  Data | Photos

Bordering Providence to the south and Massachusetts to the north and east, Pawtucket is the 3rd most dangerous city in Rhode Island.

While crime hasn’t really improved in the last few years, it hasn’t gotten worse either.

That’s bad news for Pawtucket residents, who had a 1 in 40.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime, and a 1 in 230 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Newport, RI

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Population: 24,812
Rank Last Year: 2 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 241 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,163 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Newport:  Data | Photos

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 4th worst crime in the state.

Newport residents faced 1 in 31.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

That’s about a 10% drop from 2016, when Newport’s rate would have been even worse than the state’s capital.

Review Of Newport by HomeSnacks User

I’ve been going to Newport, RI since I was a newborn and several times each year. It’s the perfect town to me. It’s absolutely beautiful, I love the beach and the fact I could walk right downtown from my Grandmothers. They have a strip of mansions along the beach that are beautiful as well.

My favorite places were the beach, downtown and driving down Ocean Drive to see the mansions.

Central Falls, RI

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4
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Population: 19,389
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 500 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,016 (5th most dangerous)
More on Central Falls:  Data | Photos

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 199 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

6. Lincoln

Lincoln, RI

Population: 21,863
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 128 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,857 (6th most dangerous)
More on Lincoln:

Lincoln ranks 14th in violent crime, but 6th overall in property crime to place as the 6th most dangerous city in Rhode Island.

To put that in perspective, you have a 1 in 53.8 chance of being a victim of a property crime in Lincoln. That makes property crimes much more common in Lincoln than the safest city, Glocester.

Cranston, RI

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8.5
/10

Population: 81,337
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 136 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,534 (10th most dangerous)
More on Cranston:  Data | Photos

The 3rd 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 2015-17, residents only faced a 1 in 732 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017, 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.

8. Johnston

Johnston, RI

Population: 29,375
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 153 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,228 (14th most dangerous)
More on Johnston:

Johnston has placed 14th for property crime per capita in the state.

Residents of Johnston faced a 1 in 14th chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, violent crime bumped up between 2015-17, making Johnston the 7th most violent city in Rhode Island.

9. Warren

Warren, RI

Source: Public domain

Population: 10,498
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 142 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,305 (12th most dangerous)
More on Warren:

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 76.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson, it’s probably an acceptable trade off for a 10th violent crime rank.

Warwick, RI

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

9
/10

Population: 81,617
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 118 (15th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 1,694 (8th most dangerous)
More on Warwick:  Data | Photos

The 10th biggest city in Rhode Island, Warwick is also in Providence’s neighborhood, just 10 miles south of the capital’s downtown.

Warwick experienced a rise in its violent crime rate between 2015-17, while property crime steadily fell.

This drop meant that residents had a 1 in 59.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017.

Review Of Warwick by HomeSnacks User

The crime is low. I always feel safe. The schools seem to be getting condensed. The Pre schools are very very good. There many beaches, ice cream shops, gift shops, antique shops and movie theatres. There are plenty of stores and markets.

My favorite place to eat is Poco Loco. It is a taco biking trail, beach, dog park, and playing fields.

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Rhode Island 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 35 cities in Rhode Island.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 35 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 — Providence.

Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Rhode Island.

Locking It All Up In Rhode Island

The latest FBI crime data shows that Providence ranks as the most dangerous city in Rhode Island for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Providence 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 Rhode Island:

  1. Richmond (Pop. 7,598)
  2. Scituate (Pop. 10,631)
  3. Glocester (Pop. 10,108)

For more Rhode Island reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Rhode Island?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Providence 179,854 533 3,294
2 Woonsocket 41,543 531 2,279
3 Pawtucket 71,648 434 2,495
4 Newport 24,812 241 3,163
5 Central Falls 19,389 500 2,016
6 Lincoln 21,863 128 1,857
7 Cranston 81,337 136 1,534
8 Johnston 29,375 153 1,228
9 Warren 10,498 142 1,305
10 Warwick 81,617 118 1,694

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