10 Most Dangerous Cities In Utah


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Beehive 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 Utah and is updated for 2019.

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Utah?

We all watch the news and see the Facebook feeds come across of the latest crimes that are happening in our home towns. While a major crime just blocks away from your house can make you feel really uneasy, in the big picture, most likely, where you live is relatively safe.

If you think that Utah’s any less dangerous than your average state because of huge Mormon population and the difficulty of finding booze, you’d be dead wrong. And the capital, Salt Lake City, seems to be the epicenter of crime in Utah.

Instead of relying on speculation, we dug into the FBI crime data in order to identify the most dangerous places in Utah.

The result is the following list of top ten most dangerous Utah cities for 2019:

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Utah for 2019:

  1. Salt Lake City (Photos)
  2. South Salt Lake (Photos)
  3. Murray (Photos)
  4. Ogden (Photos)
  5. West Valley
  6. Roosevelt (Photos)
  7. Riverdale (Photos)
  8. Tooele (Photos)
  9. Price (Photos)
  10. Park City (Photos)

So what is the most dangerous city in Utah? After analyzing 63 cities in Utah, Salt Lake City takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Utah 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 Utah.

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

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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Utah

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Utah For 2019

Salt Lake City, UT

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Population: 194,968
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 878 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,049 (1st most dangerous)
More on Salt Lake City:  Data | Photos

That capital and most populous city in Utah, Salt Lake City is, unfortunately, the 1st most crime ridden city in the state.

And, just like in South Salt Lake, crime has steadily been rising in the capital, with a 22% spike in violent crime from 2015-17, and a 5% increase in property crime.

This left the folks of Salt Lake City a 1 in 113 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 12.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017.

Review Of Salt Lake City by HomeSnacks User

Salt Lake City, Utah is one of the most beautiful, well planned cities I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. I spent my Christmas holiday there a few years ago and was blown away by its cleanliness. I could tell that the founders of the city brought to life what they had envisioned. The streets were practically spotless and the people were incredibly nice and honest. I had actually left my expensive digital camera in the restroom on accident and didn’t realize it until two kind people started chasing me down to give it to me. I was shocked, because if that had happened in my hometown, the chances of someone returning such an expensive possession would have been pretty slim. I enjoyed the bars and Temple Square, which was breathtaking with all of the Christmas lights. I am not Mormon, but I thought the place looked magical.

Temple Square with all of the beautiful buildings and Christmas lights, the high end retail stores, the bars, the nice people and the clean streets. I can’t think of anything bad to say.

South Salt Lake, UT

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5
/10

Population: 24,811
Rank Last Year: 2 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 947 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,944 (2nd most dangerous)
More on South Salt Lake:  Data | Photos

Just south of Salt Lake City, South Salt Lake beats the capital’s crime rankings by just a sliver because it has a marginally higher rate of violent crime.

Residents of South Salt Lake had a 1 in 105 chance of being the victim of a rape, murder, or assault in 2017, and a 1 in 12.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson.

And the crime rate has only been getting worse, with the city experiencing an 18% rise in violent crime and a 6% rise in property crime between 2015-17.

Murray, UT

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8
/10

Population: 49,650
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 485 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,864 (3rd most dangerous)
More on Murray:  Data | Photos

Coming in as the 3rd most dangerous city in Utah is Murray.

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 Murray a 1 in 1214.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017, and a 1 in 206 chance of being the victim of violence.

Ogden, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 87,323
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 530 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,344 (8th most dangerous)
More on Ogden:  Data | Photos

Just 40 miles north of Salt Lake City, Ogden was named the 6th best place to raise a family by Forbes in 2010.

That’s awfully surprising considering Ogden’s abysmal crime rate, with residents facing a 1 in 188 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 23.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017.

Still, that’s 67% less violent crime than South Salt Lake, and 50% less property crime than Salt Lake City, so that’s some good news for Ogden’s families.

5. West Valley

West Valley, UT

Population: 137,762
Rank Last Year: 4 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 582 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,237 (9th most dangerous)
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A suburb of Salt Lake City (the seeming hub of Utah’s crime), West Valley is the second largest city in the state.

Not unlike the capital, West Valley has experienced a rapid growth in its crime rate — a 20% increase in violent crime and 22% in property crime between 2015-17.

Residents of West Valley had a fairly high 1 in 171 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017.

Roosevelt, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 7,057
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 410 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,378 (7th most dangerous)
More on Roosevelt:  Data | Photos

The furthest city from the capital so far (140 miles southeast of Salt Lake City), Roosevelt has experienced a rapid 50% increase in its population since 2000.

But with this swell of people came a rapid rise in crime, with instances of violent crime more than tripling, and instances of property crime going up by 33% from 2015-17.

With that recent boom in violence especially, Roosevelt residents had a 1 in 243 chance of being the victim of a rape, murder, or assault in 2017.

Riverdale, UT

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

Population: 8,745
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 274 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,815 (4th most dangerous)
More on Riverdale:  Data | Photos

Riverdale ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in Utah according to 2017’s data.

While there’s still a 1 in 14.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in Riverdale, their crime statistics in both categories have been falling steadily over recent years.

Tooele, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
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Population: 34,112
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 325 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,473 (10th most dangerous)
More on Tooele:  Data | Photos

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

Residents still faced a 1 in 307 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.

Price, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,313
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 204 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,040 (5th most dangerous)
More on Price:  Data | Photos

The largest city in Carbon County, Price has experienced a 13% increase in its violent crime rate and a 19% rise in property crime rate between 2015-17.

Folks in Price had about a 1 in 19.8 chance of being robbed or burnt in 2017, which is just the heavy price you pay for living in Price.

Park City, UT

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Overall SnackAbility

7.5
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Population: 8,415
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 392 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,137 (13th most dangerous)
More on Park City:  Data | Photos

Just 30 miles southeast of downtown Salt Lake City, Park City is a lovely, artsy city that’s one of three sites where the Sundance Film Festival takes place.

But that charm hasn’t protected Park City from a truly dramatic surge in violent crime; from 2015-17, instances of violent crime tripled.

On the bright side, property crime fell by 25% during these years. But most would prefer if the assaults and rapes were the statistics that were going down.

Review Of Park City by HomeSnacks User

the crime is very low it has so much to see, like going to the restaurants on main street i mean the place is just amazing to visit or to stay at.

main street, alpine slide, the luge track and to go skiing

How Is Your Town In ?

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Utah 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 63 cities in Utah.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 63 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 Utah — Salt Lake City.

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

Locking It All Up In Utah

The latest FBI crime data shows that Salt Lake City ranks as the most dangerous city in Utah for 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Salt Lake City 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 Utah:

  1. Lone Peak (Pop. 29,691)
  2. Salem (Pop. 8,086)
  3. Santa Clara/Ivins (Pop. 15,615)

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Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Utah?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Salt Lake City 194,968 878 8,049
2 South Salt Lake 24,811 947 7,944
3 Murray 49,650 485 6,864
4 Ogden 87,323 530 4,344
5 West Valley 137,762 582 4,237
6 Roosevelt 7,057 410 4,378
7 Riverdale 8,745 274 6,815
8 Tooele 34,112 325 3,473
9 Price 8,313 204 5,040
10 Park City 8,415 392 3,137

About Chris Kolmar

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