These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Utah For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Beehive State 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:

  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)

After analyzing 63 cities in Utah, 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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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Utah

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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.

Salt Lake City, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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.

South Salt Lake, UT

Overall SnackAbility

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

Overall SnackAbility

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

Though there has been a modest drop in violent crimes, the alarming increase in property crime from 2015-17indicates that Murray isn’t satisfied with being at the bottom of this list.

Murray residents had a 1 in 206 chance of a violent crime, while having a 1 in 14.6 chance of a property crime, 6th and 3rd in the state, respectively.

Ogden, UT

Source: Public domain

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

Overall SnackAbility

/10

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

7
/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 comes in as the most dangerous city in the state. It has the 12th highest rate of violent crime, and places 4th for its rate of property crime.

Residents of Riverdale had a 1 in 14.7 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017. They also had a 1 in 364 chance of being the victim of violence.

Tooele, UT

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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

Tooele is home to the 8th most dangerous population in Utah.

Violent crime has been decreasing of late, but the 1 in 28.8 chance of being the victim of a property crime has been fairly consistent.

Price, UT

Source: Public domain

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

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

7.5
/10

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.

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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Detailed List Of 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
11 Sandy 96,957 223 3,295
12 West Jordan 115,390 255 3,066
13 Cottonwood Heights 34,400 183 2,927
14 Grantsville 10,731 279 2,311
15 Draper 48,197 155 3,294
16 West Bountiful 5,625 177 2,542
17 Vernal 10,985 163 2,330
18 Richfield 7,755 128 3,120
19 Cedar City 31,624 221 2,020
20 Moab 5,266 626 1,272
21 Layton 77,048 137 2,245
22 Brigham City 19,150 146 1,937
23 Sunset 5,246 171 1,791
24 Lindon 11,085 99 2,670
25 Clearfield 30,994 132 1,984
26 Harrisville 6,512 61 4,391
27 Tremonton 8,551 163 1,672
28 Nephi 5,859 102 2,304
29 Enoch 6,691 418 896
30 South Ogden 17,177 104 1,874
31 Washington 26,618 116 1,758
32 Provo 117,540 125 1,732
33 Centerville 17,635 62 2,563
34 American Fork/Cedar Hills 39,603 68 2,328
35 South Jordan 72,533 62 2,372
36 Bountiful 44,312 106 1,593
37 Roy 38,410 127 1,351
38 Hurricane 16,592 108 1,585
39 Orem 99,045 69 2,035
40 North Salt Lake 21,053 75 1,914
41 Bluffdale 12,718 141 982
42 Clinton 21,860 77 1,660
43 Woods Cross 11,627 129 1,006
44 Lehi 63,605 77 1,407
45 Logan 51,059 94 1,327
46 Springville 33,617 44 2,103
47 Syracuse 29,114 85 1,160
48 Heber 15,653 76 1,252
49 Payson 20,010 44 1,849
50 North Park 15,658 76 1,194
51 North Ogden 19,021 63 1,366
52 Farmington 24,040 58 1,347
53 Mapleton 9,772 71 972
54 Spanish Fork 39,512 55 1,007
55 Pleasant Grove 39,666 73 330
56 Kaysville 31,873 50 963
57 Pleasant View 10,036 29 1,006
58 Smithfield 11,409 61 306
59 Saratoga Springs 28,739 48 779
60 Santaquin/Genola 12,900 38 914
61 Lone Peak 29,691 16 868
62 Salem 8,086 24 457
63 Santa Clara/Ivins 15,615 12 653

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