Not only do you have to worry about getting the measles in this state, you have to worry about where to live that’s safe. Yes, New York has its fair share of dangerous cities.
And lucky for you, we have the top ten most dangerous cities in New York for 2020 broken down below. One might think that most of the problems are centralized around New York’s largest city: New York City. Surprisingly, New York has done a fair job of keeping it’s crazy spread evenly across the state.
Some might wonder why we produced this list. Well, one goal is to definitely help people navigate these dangerous cities when trying to make an informed decision on what city they should call home. Let’s be real, we’re not talking about navigating Times Square during New Year’s Eve kind of danger. The type of danger we’re talking about gets people on NEWS ten at six. To compile our list, we looked at violent crimes and property crimes in cities with a population of 5,000. That left us with 200 cities. Folks, the cities that made our list have robberies happening in broad daylight, car jackings, and daily shootings. There are neighborhoods in these cities that you shouldn’t drive thru, ever, and there are areas that you definitely shouldn’t be in after dark.
We’re not saying that there aren’t little pockets of goodness in these New York cities. There are neighborhoods and shopping centers in these cities that are working hard to make life easier. And it’s not entirely New York’s fault. They have close to 20 million people. As with most situations, there’s bound to be problems with that many people: especially that many New Yorkers in one area.
To see where these New York cities with more issues than the New York Housewives are located, take a look below at our most dangerous cities in The Empire State for 2020.
What are the circumstances that make these New York cities this way? Maybe not enough jobs, low wages, drugs, bad weather; and in New York’s case, their mediocre NFL teams?
We’re not entirely sure. But one thing we are sure about is that the number one most dangerous city in New York for 2020 is Buffalo.
So, if you don’t really leave your house, a dangerous city should mean nothing to you. Maybe you should consider holing up in one of our top ten most dangerous cities in New York for 2020.
To make an educated choice, take a look at the list below. If you don’t see a winner, head to the bottom, there’s more.
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Unfortunately, Buffalo Wings aren’t the only thing that Buffalo has a lot of. It also has the 2nd highest violent crime rate in all of New York. In 2018, for example, there were 2,692 violent crimes committed in Buffalo.
That being said, there are slightly less property crimes–Buffalo ranks 5th for most property crimes in the state.
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.
Niagara Falls has the 4th highest violent crime ranking in the entire state of New York, and the property crime rate ranks 4th worst in the state. In fact, in 2018, there were 1,962 property crimes committed. That’s a lot of stolen property.
While there is certainly less violent crime in Binghamton than in Rochester or Buffalo, there is actually more property crime. In 2018, there were 1,893 property crimes.
Overall, the city of 44,876 ranked as the 3rd most dangerous in New York.
Schenectady is the 4th most dangerous city in all of New York. With a smaller population than Syracuse, there are still 2,800 property crimes committed per year, meaning you have about a 5% chance of being the victim of a property crime.
Additionally, the violent crime rate is ranked 7th highest in the state when taking into consideration population.
Rochester is the 5th most dangerous city in New York.
On the upside, there were 1,000 less property crimes in 2018 than the year before in 2017, so we can only hope the numbers will keep decreasing.
The largest city in Jefferson County, Watertown has experienced a 13% increase in its violent crime rate and a 19% rise in property crime rate between 2017-2018.
Folks in Watertown had about a 1 in 28.2 chance of being robbed or burnt in 2018, which is just the heavy price you pay for living in Watertown.
Albany comes in at 7th place when it comes to violent crime: there were 823 violent crimes in 2018, which gives Albany its 5th place ranking for violent crime. Still, at least it’s less than Newburgh!
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 for years.
Rank Last Year: 5 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 436 (25th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,133 (3rd most dangerous)
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While the violent crime is certainly lower than others on this list, Johnson City Village is actually ranked the 3rd 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 8th on this list of most dangerous cities in New York.
Utica has seen a continuous drop in crime of late — just not at a quick enough rate to get it off this list.
And with residents still facing a 1 in 31.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime, there’s little cause for celebration. In fact, the latest FBI report shows that there were 381 violent crimes in a town of only 60,413 in 2018.
Syracuse is a large city with one of the higher populations on this list. It has the 10th highest violent crime rate in New York and has the 20th worst property crime rank in the state. In 2018 alone, there were 4,420 property crimes.
That being said, the violent crime is decreasing in the state, meaning there is hope that Syracuse can be a less violent place in the years to come. Let’s just hope the property crime rates begin to drop as well.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in New York for 2020?
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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.
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 New York cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 200 cities in New York.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 200 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 — Buffalo. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in New York.
Locking It All Up In New York
The latest FBI crime data shows that Buffalo ranks as the most dangerous city in New York for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Buffalo and that this isn’t a comment on the people that live there. So please don’t beat us up.
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