These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Utah For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Beehive State for 2018.

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

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 Utah — and anyone looking to move to Utah — 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 Beehive State:

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

Why did Salt Lake City 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 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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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Utah 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 62 cities in Utah.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 62 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.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Utah Graph

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

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1. Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 193,918
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 935
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,535
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 2014-16, and a 5% increase in property crime.

This left the folks of Salt Lake City a 1 in 106 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 11.7 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2016.

2. South Salt Lake

South Salt Lake, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 25,022
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 815
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,845
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 122 chance of being the victim of a rape, murder, or assault in 2016, and a 1 in 12.7 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 2014-16.

3. Murray

Murray, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,758
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 554
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,076
Located in Salt Lake County, Murray hasn’t experienced much of a change in its crime statistics recently.

Its relatively poor violent crime statistics went up between 2014-16, while property crime fell by a very small amount to 3,521 occurrences.

4. West Valley


Population: 137,558
Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 598
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,670
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 2014-16.

Residents of West Valley had a fairly high 1 in 167 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2016.

5. Roosevelt


Population: 7,179
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 668
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,596
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 2014-16.

With that recent boom in violence especially, Roosevelt residents had a 1 in 149 chance of being the victim of a rape, murder, or assault in 2016.

6. Ogden

Ogden, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 85,930
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 523
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,431
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 190 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 22.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2016.

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.

7. Riverdale


Population: 8,699
Rank Last Year: 7 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 195
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,977
Riverdale is the smallest city to make this list.

Violent crime rose between 2014-16, leaving residents a 1 in 511 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016 (a rate that would earn a top 10 spot in most states).

Riverdale’s already horrible property crime statistics also got worse in these years, going up between 2014-16.

8. West Jordan

West Jordan, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 113,595
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 272
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,207
The largest city in the state has the 9th highest rate of violent crime of any city in all of Utah.

Residents faced a 1 in 367 chance of being raped, assaulted, or murdered in 2016, a 5% higher rate than in 2015.

With violence so prevalent, West Jordan can at least take solace in a solid drop in property crime from 2014-16.

9. Centerville


Population: 17,204
Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 197
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,452
Centerville has the 15th highest rate of violent crime, giving it a 9th place danger ranking overall.

Folks in Centerville had a 1 in 506 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2016, a 5% increase from 2015.

Property crime went up during this interval, giving a Centerville resident a 1 in 29.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2016.

10. Vernal

Vernal, Utah

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 11,687
Rank Last Year: 8 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 213
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,986
Located in northeastern Utah about 20 miles west of the Colorado border, Vernal has, like almost every city on this list, experienced a growth in its crime rate in recent years.

Violent crime went up by 38%, and property crime by 24% between 2014-16.

Still, the 1 in 467 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in Vernal in 2016.

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 2018.

However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Salt Lake City’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Utah:

  1. Lone Peak
  2. Salem
  3. Mapleton

For more Utah reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Utah

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Salt Lake City 1 1 193,918 935 8,535
South Salt Lake 2 2 25,022 815 7,845
Murray 3 3 49,758 554 7,076
West Valley 4 137,558 598 4,670
Roosevelt 5 4 7,179 668 4,596
Ogden 6 5 85,930 523 4,431
Riverdale 7 7 8,699 195 6,977
West Jordan 8 9 113,595 272 3,207
Centerville 9 17,204 197 3,452
Vernal 10 8 11,687 213 2,986
West Bountiful 11 16 5,559 233 2,572
Sandy 12 11 94,601 170 3,319
Price 13 12 8,310 120 4,283
Draper 14 21 47,696 157 2,970
Brigham City 15 18,914 200 2,495
Cedar City 16 14 30,441 220 2,086
Harrisville 17 10 6,347 94 3,781
Cottonwood Heights 18 15 34,493 115 2,661
Provo 19 22 115,739 128 2,344
Richfield 20 17 7,597 92 3,711
Layton 21 19 75,482 156 2,171
Grantsville 22 36 10,253 234 1,706
Washington 23 31 25,564 160 2,022
Tremonton 24 8,333 120 2,232
Hurricane 25 26 15,869 144 2,054
St. George 26 25 81,755 195 1,791
Moab 27 13 5,262 494 1,387
Nephi 28 39 5,594 71 2,645
South Ogden 29 24 17,026 123 1,932
Orem 30 37 95,640 67 2,558
Enoch 31 29 6,348 504 913
South Jordan 32 32 70,226 75 2,201
Clearfield 33 23 30,783 94 2,157
Lindon 34 28 10,958 45 2,673
Payson 35 41 19,738 65 2,254
Roy 36 18 38,167 112 1,836
Springville 37 35 32,825 85 2,031
American Fork/Cedar Hills 38 34 39,028 61 2,198
Lehi 39 44 60,806 126 1,264
Bountiful 40 20 44,003 104 1,690
North Salt Lake 41 27 20,572 68 1,900
Logan 42 33 50,767 98 1,662
Farmington 43 43 23,505 59 1,991
Heber 44 38 14,954 106 1,210
Pleasant View 45 42 9,548 104 1,214
Woods Cross 46 11,600 43 1,724
Sunset 47 30 5,191 38 1,868
Clinton 48 48 21,567 37 1,701
North Park 49 46 15,088 39 1,391
Kaysville 50 31,055 57 879
Spanish Fork 51 51 38,529 25 1,404
Syracuse 52 45 28,011 42 1,092
Santaquin/Genola 53 55 12,289 40 1,106
Bluffdale 54 47 11,765 42 1,019
Smithfield 55 57 11,015 63 326
Saratoga Springs 56 52 27,211 47 731
North Ogden 57 40 18,654 26 1,190
Santa Clara/Ivins 58 56 15,107 19 787
Pleasant Grove 59 53 38,984 30 646
Mapleton 60 54 9,479 21 727
Salem 61 50 7,696 0 753
Lone Peak 62 58 28,862 13 623

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