These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New York For 2017


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Empire State for 2017.

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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.

And, maybe to your surprise, New York, NY doesn’t make appearance until spot number 53 on the list. Furthermore, Alabny fell out of the top ten to number 12. Here’s a look into the ten cities which are currently the most dangerous in the Empire State:

  1. Niagara Falls (Photos)
  2. Buffalo (Photos)
  3. Troy (Photos)
  4. Binghamton (Photos)
  5. Rochester (Photos)
  6. Herkimer Village
  7. Watertown (Photos)
  8. Johnson City Village
  9. Syracuse (Photos)
  10. Gloversville (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 2017?

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 second release of 2015 data, specifically the 2015 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2016 in September 2017.

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.

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1. Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 48,989
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,132
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,156
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 4th worst in the state. In fact, in 2015, there were 2,526 property crimes committed. That’s a lot of stolen property.

2. Buffalo

Buffalo, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 258,096
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,118
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,330
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 2015, for example, there were 2,887 violent crimes committed in Buffalo.

That being said, there are slightly less property crimes–Buffalo ranks 3rd for most property crimes in the state.

3. Troy

Troy, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 49,872
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 858
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,036
Troy is relatively comparable with Buffalo. There is slightly less violent crime and property crime in Troy than in Buffalo, 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 Buffalo’s rates have decreased. So let’s hope Troy doesn’t start moving up this list?

4. Binghamton

Binghamton, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 46,048
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 673
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,543
While there is certainly less violent crime in Binghamton than in Rochester or Buffalo, there is actually more property crime. In 2015, there were 2,092 property crimes.

Overall, the city of 46,048 ranked as the 4th most dangerous in New York.

5. Rochester

Rochester, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 209,922
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 876
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,937
Rochester is the third most dangerous city in New York.

On the upside, there were 1,000 less property crimes in 2015 than the year before in 2014, so we can only hope the numbers will keep decreasing.

6. Herkimer Village

Source: Google Maps

Population: 7,559
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 621
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,775
Located in Fulton County, Herkimer Village hasn’t experienced much of a change in its crime statistics recently.

Its relatively poor violent crime statistics went up between 2013-15, while property crime fell by a very small amount to 361 occurrences.

7. Watertown

Watertown, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 27,717
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 523
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,784
Watertown ranks highly for the occurrence of crime. In particular, violent crime rates in Watertown stick out for being the 19th worst in New York.

There were 145 violent crimes in Watertown, but that’s down from earlier in the decade.

A City Data user says, “I dO NOT recommend Watertown for a single person looking to get out there and have fun and meet people.” Probably because going out there leads to crime.

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8. Johnson City Village

Source: Google Maps

Population: 14,752
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 481
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,151
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 8th on this list of most dangerous cities in New York, one spot better than last year.

9. Syracuse

Syracuse, New York

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 144,027
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 792
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,531
Syracuse is a large city with one of the higher populations on this list. It has the 7th highest violent crime rate in New York and has the 22nd worst property crime rank in the state. In 2015 alone, there were 5,087 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.

10. Gloversville

Gloversville, New York

Source: Flickr

Population: 15,002
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 546
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,159
Gloversville is the least populated city on this list, as well as the least violent.

Residents of Gloversville faced a 1 in 24.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2015.

Gloversville has been improving a lot lately too, with reductions in both violent and property crime between 2013-15.

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 2017.

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. Kirkland Town

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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In New York

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Niagara Falls 48,989 1,132 5,156
2 Buffalo 258,096 1,118 4,330
3 Troy 49,872 858 4,036
4 Binghamton 46,048 673 4,543
5 Rochester 209,922 876 3,937
6 Herkimer Village 7,559 621 4,775
7 Watertown 27,717 523 4,784
8 Johnson City Village 14,752 481 7,151
9 Syracuse 144,027 792 3,531
10 Gloversville 15,002 546 4,159
11 Endicott Village 13,011 514 4,250
12 Albany 98,772 802 3,250
13 Utica 61,109 571 3,593
14 Jamestown 30,263 783 3,344
15 Auburn 26,865 495 3,681
16 Corning 10,948 593 3,270
17 Newburgh 28,227 1,466 2,819
18 Malone Village 5,803 396 3,791
19 Batavia 14,999 506 3,253
20 Monticello Village 6,602 439 3,074
21 Norwich 6,970 301 3,443
22 Poughkeepsie 30,416 792 2,242
23 Gates Town 28,640 293 3,400
24 Port Jervis 8,590 395 2,945
25 Newark Village 8,846 373 3,007
26 Lackawanna 17,913 552 2,272
27 Ogdensburg 10,844 313 3,015
28 Niagara Town 8,127 159 5,832
29 Elmira 28,489 294 3,060
30 Middletown 27,633 408 2,471
31 Fulton City 11,588 189 3,684
32 Oswego City 17,941 340 2,720
33 Lockport 20,641 348 2,548
34 Kingston 23,485 302 2,810
35 Seneca Falls Town 8,813 204 3,528
36 Oneida 11,144 188 3,535
37 Ellicott Town 5,125 156 4,331
38 Massena Village 10,673 168 3,794
39 Cheektowaga Town 78,438 243 3,029
40 Waterloo Village 5,024 218 3,105
41 Dunkirk 12,135 313 2,282
42 Geneva 13,147 220 2,920
43 Olean 13,948 186 3,168
44 Albion Village 5,994 233 2,786
45 Mount Vernon 68,734 692 1,641
46 Canandaigua 10,472 343 2,024
47 Salamanca 5,614 391 1,816
48 Irondequoit Town 51,412 192 2,618
49 Beacon 14,141 388 1,732
50 Watervliet 10,231 244 2,052
51 Hudson 6,543 366 1,727
52 Amsterdam 18,012 166 2,759
53 New York 8,550,861 585 1,518
54 Greece Town 97,336 173 2,509
55 Tonawanda Town 58,016 243 1,902
56 Port Chester Village 29,654 252 1,756
57 Solvay Village 6,423 280 1,743
58 Saratoga Springs 27,653 209 1,978
59 Freeport Village 43,403 320 1,612
60 Bath Village 5,664 141 2,524
61 Hempstead Village 55,929 720 1,281
62 Scotia Village 7,822 166 2,173
63 Newburgh Town 30,773 97 3,369
64 Brockport Village 8,379 298 1,599
65 Tonawanda 14,941 174 1,961
66 Glens Falls 14,364 250 1,636
67 Poughkeepsie Town 43,552 103 2,975
68 Medina Village 5,819 137 2,199
69 Oneonta City 13,826 173 1,902
70 Rotterdam Town 29,483 94 3,103
71 White Plains 58,315 174 1,743
72 Wallkill Town 28,348 148 1,954
73 East Greenbush Town 16,426 115 2,258
74 New Rochelle 80,270 213 1,598
75 New Hartford Town And Village 20,481 58 4,062
76 Spring Valley Village 32,795 472 1,122
77 Woodbury Town 10,844 55 4,500
78 Ulster Town 12,083 74 3,103
79 Cohoes 16,225 234 1,417
80 Yonkers 201,753 470 995
81 Depew Village 15,183 125 1,903
82 Colonie Town 79,374 93 2,498
83 Kenmore Village 15,193 105 2,106
84 New Paltz Town And Village 14,119 247 1,324
85 Rome 32,376 123 1,908
86 Rensselaer City 9,494 210 1,411
87 Hudson Falls Village 7,206 291 1,248
88 Clarkstown Town 82,156 132 1,724
89 East Rochester Village 6,722 163 1,591
90 New Windsor Town 26,507 132 1,663
91 Ilion Village 7,854 127 1,680
92 Mechanicville 5,162 193 1,317
93 Camillus Town And Village 24,306 111 1,686
94 Geddes Town 10,391 67 2,309
95 North Tonawanda 30,776 136 1,507
96 Vestal Town 28,294 70 2,141
97 Pelham Manor Village 5,604 124 1,588
98 Cortland 19,163 156 1,346
99 North Greenbush Town 12,132 82 1,854
100 Saranac Lake Village 5,298 113 1,585
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