The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New York For 2022


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Empire State for 2022.

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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 2022 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 180 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 2022.

The Most Dangerous Cities In New York For 2022

  1. Binghamton
  2. Watertown
  3. Oneida
  4. Buffalo
  5. Rochester
  6. Johnson City Village
  7. Malone Village
  8. Albany
  9. Syracuse
  10. Utica

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 2022 is Binghamton.

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 2022.

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.

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.

For more New York reading, check out:

The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In New York For 2022

When people think about the mean streets of New York, they're usually imagining New York City, not Binghamton. But it turns out there's nowhere in The Empire State with meaner streets than Binghamton, where the overall crime rate is nearly twice as high as the national average.

How bad is it in Binghamton? Well, the city averages one violent crime each day and had the third highest burglary rate in the whole state for 2020. In other words, you can enjoy a day out at

Otsiningo Park, but you'd best be on your way home when the sun starts setting.

Binghamton is located just north of the Pennsylvania border, at the junction of I-81, I-86, and I-88.

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Population: 44,083
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 843 (Fourth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,026 (Fourth most dangerous)
More on Binghamton:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Binghamton, NY

Located just 25 miles south of The Thousand Islands in Upstate New York, Watertown ranks as the second most dangerous city the state has to offer.

On the bright side, Watertown experienced zero murders in 2020. On the definitely not-bright side, the city also had the second highest rate of rape in New York.

Watertown residents also had a 1 in 25 chance of being the victim of a property crime, so you'll want to watch out for porch pirates here.

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Population: 24,624
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 735 (Eighth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,927 (Sixth most dangerous)
More on Watertown:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Watertown, NY

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The community of Oneida became famous in the 19th century for a local religious organization. Known as the Oneida Community, this group ultimately morphed into a famous silverware manufacturer. You can still pick up a set of Oneida knives, forks, and spoons at your local Bed, Bath & Beyond.

Let's focus on those knives for a minute. This city of 10,849 people, located in central New York, also represents one of the most dangerous spots in the state. For a sleepy-seeming town located near the scenic Oneida Lake, this location has surprisingly high rates of larceny and sexual assault.

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Population: 10,849
Rank Last Year: 13 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 617 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,415 (Third most dangerous)
More on Oneida:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Oneida, NY

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The Bills may have never won a Super Bowl, but at least Buffalo gets the fourth place medal for...being extremely dangerous. Congratulations?

New York's second-biggest city is especially bad when it comes to violent crime, with the highest rate statewide. That translates into about 1 in 98 chance of being the victim of violence over the course of a year -- not great.

Besides having the highest murder rate in New York, Buffalo also shines in property crime, with the 15th highest burglary rate. It's going to take a lot of Buffalo wings to get over these numbers.

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Population: 254,627
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,017 (Most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,080 (14th most dangerous)
More on Buffalo:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Buffalo, NY

We continue the Upstate New York trend with Rochester, New York's 3rd biggest city. With 6,887 property crimes in 2020, residents of Rochester face a whopping 1 in 6,887 chance of having their stuff stolen or damaged.

On top of that, Rochester averages four violent crimes each day. That includes the state's second highest murder rate.

At least residents can stop and smell the lilacs at Highland Park to, you know, get their minds off all the murder going on.

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Population: 205,199
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 818 (Sixth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,356 (Tenth most dangerous)
More on Rochester:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Rochester, NY

6. Johnson City Village

The smallest place to make our list, Johnston City Village didn't earn its #6 spot with a lot of violent crime. In fact, it's the least violent place on this list.

However, Johnston City Village has the highest property crime rate in New York, with residents facing a staggering 1 in 15 chance of having their stuff stolen or damaged throughout 2020.

That level of property crime actually means that the overall crime rate in Johnston City Village ranks as the highest statewide.

Johnston City Village is just outside Binghamton, a place you'll remember from the top of this list.

Population: 14,055
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 462 (20th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,275 (Most dangerous)
More on Johnson City Village:

Johnson City Village, NY

7. Malone Village

Malone sits at the far northern edge of New York, about a half hour south of the Canadian border. That might not seem that ominous these days. But during the War of 1812, British troops from Canada sacked the town.

Raiding parties from their neighbors to the North don't present much of a risk these days. Rather, the citizens of Malone have more to worry about from their fellow residents. Despite existing as a small town in a largely rural part of the state, the community of 5,566 people suffers from an unexpectedly high crime rate. Property crime accounts for most of this, with high rates of burglaries creating much of the danger.

Population: 5,566
Rank Last Year: 38 (Up 31)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 574 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,395 (Eighth most dangerous)
More on Malone Village:

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The capital of New York, Albany, ranks as the state's eighth most dangerous place to live for 2020. Albany experienced 2,650 property crimes over the year, with more than one burglary every day and a car theft every other day, on average.

Additionally, Albany has the third highest violent crime rate in the state,with residents facing a 1 in 110 chance of being attacked in 2020. So make sure you buddy up if you're going for a jog at Washington Park.

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Population: 96,318
Rank Last Year: 8 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 902 (Third most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,751 (22nd most dangerous)
More on Albany:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Albany, NY

Syracuse is home to The Great New York State Fair, but it's also home to a whole lot of crime. Syracuse had the fifth highest violent crime rate in New York, with 32 murders in 2020.

On top of that, Syracuse experienced the highest burglary rate in the state, so property crime is quite prevalent as well.

That being said, Syracuse is one of New York's biggest cities, so if you stick to one of Syracuse's safest neighborhoods, you should have nothing to worry about.

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Population: 142,011
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 839 (Fifth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,823 (20th most dangerous)
More on Syracuse:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Syracuse, NY

Coming in as the tenth most dangerous place to call home in New York is Utica. In 2020, the data reporting year, there were 298 violent crimes recorded, about one each day on average.

On top of that, residents of Utica had a 1 in 29 chance of having their belongings stolen or damaged. In other words, it's a good idea to make sure you've still got all your valuables on you after passing through Union Station.

Altogether, Utica's overall crime rate is more than twice as high as your typical town or city in New York.

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Population: 59,483
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 500 (19th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,390 (Ninth most dangerous)
More on Utica:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Utica, NY

Methodology: How we determined the most dangerous cities in New York for 2022?

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 2020 data, specifically the 2020 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2022.

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 180 cities in New York.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 180 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 -- Binghamton. Any ties went to the smaller city. You can download the data here.

Most Dangerous Places To Live In New York FAQs

Is New York a dangerous state?

No, New York is not a dangerous state as it ranks as the #14 safest state in the United States based on our analysis of the latest FBI Crime Data. The violent crime rate in new york ranks 26th highest in the United States -- 6.2% better than US average violent crime rate. The property crime rate in the Empire State ranks 4highest in the United States -- 27.96% better than US average property crime rate. The latest reporting year from the FBI was 2020.

Is New York, NY a dangerous city?

No, New York is not a dangerous city. New York ranks as the #85 safest out of 320 major cities over 100,000 people in the United States based on our analysis of the latest FBI Crime Data. Keep in mind that are always safe and dangerous parts of any city, so even though New York might be considered safe you still need to be aware of where you are. For example, Ardon Heights is the safest in New York, while Midtown is considered dangerous by many based on recent crime stats.

Compared to other big cities, the violent crime rate in New York ranks 118th highest in America -- 5.26% worse than US average violent crime rate. The property crime rate in the ranks 260th highest in the United States -- 41.32% better than US average property crime rate. Note the latest reporting year from the FBI was 2020 and that no city in America is "dangerous". Despite the uptick in murders, it's nothing like you'd see in Tijuana or Caracas where the murder rate is 2x any American city.

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In New York

Most Dangerous Cities In New York Graph

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Summary: Locking It All Up In New York

So what is the most dangerous city in New York? After analyzing 180 cities in New York, Binghamton takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in New York based on the most recently reported FBI data -- 2020.

The latest FBI crime data shows that Binghamton ranks as the most dangerous city in New York for 2022.

We want to point out again that there's still safes places in Binghamton and that this isn't a comment on the people that live there. So please don't beat us up.

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 2022 is Binghamton.

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 2022.

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.

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.

Here are the safest cities in New York:

  1. Kings Point Village (Pop. 5,315)
  2. Whitestown Town (Pop. 8,948)
  3. Canton Village (Pop. 6,516)
  4. Malverne Village (Pop. 8,482)
  5. Rye (Pop. 15,692)
  6. Chester Town (Pop. 8,095)
  7. Northport Village (Pop. 7,258)
  8. Elmira Town (Pop. 5,529)
  9. Highlands Town (Pop. 8,329)
  10. Lewisboro Town (Pop. 12,533)

For more New York reading, check out:

Crime By City In New York

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Binghamton 44,083 843 4,026
2 Watertown 24,624 735 3,927
3 Oneida 10,849 617 4,415
4 Buffalo 254,627 1,017 3,080
5 Rochester 205,199 818 3,356
6 Johnson City Village 14,055 462 6,275
7 Malone Village 5,566 574 3,395
8 Albany 96,318 902 2,751
9 Syracuse 142,011 839 2,823
10 Utica 59,483 500 3,390
11 Troy 49,052 672 2,876
12 Newburgh 28,095 1,014 2,562
13 Endicott Village 12,443 417 3,190
14 Schenectady 65,176 718 2,488
15 Newark Village 8,784 352 3,346
16 Gloversville 14,656 539 2,729
17 Ithaca 30,927 316 3,741
18 Norwich 6,474 432 2,610
19 Lockport 20,212 573 2,424
20 Albion Village 5,698 421 2,562
21 Hudson 6,004 366 2,564
22 Ilion Village 7,613 367 2,548
23 Batavia 14,278 448 2,416
24 Cheektowaga Town 76,536 282 2,908
25 Corning 10,469 315 2,607
26 Cortland 18,615 263 2,761
27 Lackawanna 17,674 565 1,963
28 Poughkeepsie 30,480 797 1,735
29 Elmira 26,820 219 3,027
30 Canandaigua 10,112 365 2,165
31 Kingston 22,682 374 2,005
32 Herkimer Village 7,212 138 4,007
33 Gates Town 28,222 230 2,586
34 DeWitt Town 24,947 184 2,902
35 New York 8,300,377 577 1,558
36 Tonawanda 14,700 312 1,945
37 Dunkirk 11,673 231 2,124
38 Fredonia Village 10,205 107 2,920
39 Mount Vernon 67,339 567 1,305
40 East Greenbush Town 16,186 92 3,274
41 Poughkeepsie Town 38,934 177 2,291
42 Newburgh Town 31,691 145 2,413
43 Wallkill Town 29,159 168 2,153
44 Lakewood-Busti 7,125 70 4,828
45 Kenmore Village 14,968 247 1,616
46 North Syracuse Village 6,607 227 1,649
47 Hempstead Village 55,230 646 1,028
48 Olean 13,334 187 1,814
49 Middletown 28,194 319 1,358
50 Rome 31,978 203 1,782

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our ninth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in New York and is updated for 2022.

About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

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