These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New York For 2018


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

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Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in New York?

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 New York — and anyone looking to move to New York — 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 Empire State:

  1. Niagara Falls (Photos)
  2. Buffalo (Photos)
  3. Binghamton (Photos)
  4. Herkimer Village
  5. Rochester (Photos)
  6. Watertown (Photos)
  7. Johnson City Village
  8. Albany (Photos)
  9. Jamestown (Photos)
  10. Troy (Photos)

Why did Niagara Falls 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 New York.

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 New York 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 215 cities in New York.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 215 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 New York — Niagara Falls. Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in New York.

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

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

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1. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,675
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,160
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,934
Most people know the town of Niagara Falls for the giant waterfalls that are a gift from Mother Nature. Unfortunately, to actually live in Niagara Falls is not so peaceful.

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Niagara Falls has the 2nd highest violent crime ranking in the entire state of New York, and the property crime rate ranks 1st worst in the state. In fact, in 2016, there were 2,402 property crimes committed. That’s a lot of stolen property.

2. Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 257,446
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,109
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,116
Unfortunately, Buffalo Wings aren’t the only thing that Buffalo has a lot of. It also has the 3rd highest violent crime rate in all of New York. In 2016, for example, there were 2,857 violent crimes committed in Buffalo.

That being said, there are slightly less property crimes–Buffalo ranks 24.3 for most property crimes in the state.

3. Binghamton

Binghamton, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 45,780
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 771
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,027
While there is certainly less violent crime in Binghamton than in Rochester or Buffalo, there is actually more property crime. In 2016, there were 1,844 property crimes.

Overall, the city of 45,780 ranked as the 3rd most dangerous in New York.

4. Herkimer Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 7,478
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 722
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,426
Herkimer Village is the most populous city in Fulton County.

Herkimer Village experienced a massive rise in violent crime between 2014-16.

Property crime statistics, meanwhile, remained stagnant, with residents facing a 1 in 22.6 chance of being the victim of theft or arson each year — the 7th highest rate in the state.

5. Rochester

Rochester, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 209,643
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 880
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,726
Rochester is the third most dangerous city in New York.

On the upside, there were 1,000 less property crimes in 2016 than the year before in 2015, so we can only hope the numbers will keep decreasing.

6. Watertown

Watertown, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 26,765
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 676
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,375
Watertown is the smallest city to make this list, mostly due to the instances of violent crime increasing between 2014-16, leaving residents a 1 in 147 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.

Additionally, from 2014-16 property crime increased, but that fact has a lot less to do with Watertown’s spot on this list than the city’s violent crime rate.

7. Johnson City Village

Source: Public Domain

Population: 14,699
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 503
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,864
While the violent crime is certainly lower than others on this list, Johnson City Village is actually ranked the worst place in New York when it comes to property crime.

The uncertainty of safety when it comes to property and belongings is why Johnson City Village comes in at 7th on this list of most dangerous cities in New York, one spot better than last year.

8. Albany

Albany, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 98,617
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 859
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,509
Albany comes in at 10th place when it comes to violent crime: there were 791 violent crimes in 2016, which gives Albany its 10th place ranking for violent crime. Still, at least it’s less than Newburgh!

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That being said, property crime is much higher here than in Newburgh.

The upside is, both property and violent crime rates are decreasing in Albany, and have been since 2011.

9. Jamestown

Jamestown, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 29,879
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 753
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,557
Jamestown, located in Chautauqua County, is the 9th most dangerous and 9th most violent city in New York.

Violent crime has remained high from 2014-16, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

10. Troy

Troy, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,876
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 725
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,592
Troy is relatively comparable with Albany. There is slightly less violent crime and property crime in Troy than in Albany, but the cities deal with similar safety issues.

However, though Troy has slightly less violent and property crime, both types of crimes have actually increased in numbers over the past three years, whereas Albany’s rates have decreased. So let’s hope Troy doesn’t start moving up this list?

Locking It All Up In New York

The latest FBI crime data shows that Niagara Falls ranks as the most dangerous city in New York for 2018.

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

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

  1. Lewisboro Town
  2. Elmira Town
  3. Briarcliff Manor Village

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In New York

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Niagara Falls 1 1 48,675 1,160 4,934
Buffalo 2 2 257,446 1,109 4,116
Binghamton 3 5 45,780 771 4,027
Herkimer Village 4 6 7,478 722 4,426
Rochester 5 3 209,643 880 3,726
Watertown 6 7 26,765 676 4,375
Johnson City Village 7 8 14,699 503 4,864
Albany 8 12 98,617 859 3,509
Jamestown 9 14 29,879 753 3,557
Troy 10 4 49,876 725 3,592
Schenectady 11 65,138 913 3,223
Utica 12 13 60,879 627 3,720
Newburgh 13 17 28,171 1,430 3,141
Syracuse 14 9 143,925 738 3,231
Endicott Village 15 11 12,944 471 3,793
Oneida 16 36 11,081 397 3,925
Elmira 17 29 27,995 346 3,836
Albion Village 18 44 5,984 467 3,325
Massena Village 19 37 10,571 274 4,644
Batavia 20 19 14,931 462 3,402
Norwich 21 21 6,929 346 3,622
Gloversville 22 10 14,908 623 2,978
Lockport 23 32 20,519 462 3,211
Corning 24 16 10,841 498 3,007
Malone Village 25 18 5,726 523 2,899
Auburn 26 15 26,854 476 2,997
Newark Village 27 25 8,786 318 3,368
Niagara Town 28 28 8,080 222 4,888
Lackawanna 29 26 17,932 546 2,481
Middletown 30 30 27,752 536 2,396
Monticello Village 31 20 6,438 465 2,873
Olean 32 42 13,765 319 3,109
Seneca Falls Town 33 35 8,808 295 3,167
Ogdensburg 34 27 10,840 249 3,284
Oswego City 35 33 17,717 451 2,788
Poughkeepsie 36 22 30,262 773 1,979
Bath Village 37 61 5,605 463 2,426
Gates Town 38 23 28,669 254 3,181
Ellicott Town 39 38 5,140 175 4,552
Cheektowaga Town 40 39 78,100 231 3,230
Canandaigua 41 46 10,407 480 2,056
Medina Village 42 68 5,781 259 2,733
Tonawanda 43 65 14,864 275 2,388
Hudson 44 51 6,381 313 2,256
Mount Vernon 45 45 68,881 663 1,787
Ithaca 46 30,937 232 2,889
Dunkirk 47 41 11,991 275 2,310
Kingston 48 34 23,360 325 2,071
Newburgh Town 49 63 30,933 116 3,824
Port Jervis 50 24 8,565 245 2,253
Wallkill Town 51 72 28,540 231 2,316
Dewitt Town 52 25,616 156 3,130
Rotterdam Town 53 69 29,352 149 3,018
New York 54 52 8,566,917 573 1,462
Solvay Village 55 57 6,394 344 1,782
Watervliet 56 50 10,208 244 1,959
Geneva 57 43 13,033 184 2,225
Greece Town 58 54 96,975 195 2,170
Hempstead Village 59 60 55,870 715 1,297
Beacon 60 49 14,291 307 1,693
Tonawanda Town 61 55 57,698 230 1,920
Oneonta City 62 70 13,857 223 1,941
Waterloo Village 63 40 5,012 139 2,354
Saratoga Springs 64 58 28,005 228 1,881
Ilion Village 65 91 7,877 177 2,043
Colonie Town 66 81 80,075 113 2,455
Fulton City 67 31 11,483 87 3,152
Plattsburgh City 68 110 19,765 182 1,917
Freeport Village 69 59 43,419 244 1,605
Poughkeepsie Town 70 67 39,222 101 2,664
North Tonawanda 71 95 30,634 179 1,808
Glens Falls 72 66 14,212 232 1,547
Rome 73 84 32,345 160 1,913
Yonkers 74 80 202,075 466 1,083
Spring Valley Village 75 76 32,844 380 1,172
Saranac Lake Village 76 100 5,248 247 1,429
New Hartford Town And Village 77 75 20,441 73 3,189
Fredonia Village 78 105 10,604 103 2,187
White Plains 79 71 58,767 205 1,584
Kenmore Village 80 82 15,110 191 1,634
Hudson Falls Village 81 87 7,170 306 1,255
Salamanca 82 47 5,545 252 1,352
Depew Village 83 83 15,116 105 2,064
New Rochelle 84 74 80,389 216 1,459
East Greenbush Town 85 73 16,483 109 1,995
Amsterdam 86 53 17,891 128 1,810
East Rochester Village 87 89 6,679 134 1,736
Port Chester Village 88 56 29,750 147 1,700
Woodbury Town 89 77 10,917 36 4,580
Geneseo Village 90 119 8,199 85 2,085
Evans Town 91 104 16,234 221 1,342
Greenburgh Town 92 111 45,745 124 1,670
Cortland 93 98 18,856 90 1,840
New Paltz Town And Village 94 85 14,214 182 1,217
Pelham Manor Village 95 97 5,614 53 2,903
Brighton Town 96 101 36,889 78 2,011
Cohoes 97 79 16,615 156 1,348
Amityville Village 98 135 9,477 179 1,181
Hamburg Town 99 109 46,028 73 2,016
Brockport Village 100 64 8,355 119 1,448
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