These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In New York For 2019


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Empire State for 2019.

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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 for 2019:

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

After analyzing 207 cities in New York, 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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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In New York

Most Dangerous Cities In New York Graph

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in New York 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 207 cities in New York.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 207 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.

Niagara Falls, NY

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 48,385
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,124 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,827 (2nd most dangerous)
More on Niagara Falls:  Data | Photos

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 2nd highest violent crime ranking in the entire state of New York, and the property crime rate ranks 2nd worst in the state. In fact, in 2017, there were 2,336 property crimes committed. That’s a lot of stolen property.

Buffalo, NY

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 256,169
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,019 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,836 (9th most dangerous)
More on Buffalo:  Data | Photos

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 2017, for example, there were 2,611 violent crimes committed in Buffalo.

That being said, there are slightly less property crimes–Buffalo ranks 26.1 for most property crimes in the state.

Rochester, NY

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 208,591
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 897 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,803 (10th most dangerous)
More on Rochester:  Data | Photos

Rochester is the third most dangerous city in New York.

On the upside, there were 1,000 less property crimes in 2017 than the year before in 2016, so we can only hope the numbers will keep decreasing.

Binghamton, NY

Overall SnackAbility

4
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Population: 45,399
Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 797 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,367 (7th most dangerous)
More on Binghamton:  Data | Photos

While there is certainly less violent crime in Binghamton than in Rochester or Buffalo, there is actually more property crime. In 2017, there were 1,983 property crimes.

Overall, the city of 45,399 ranked as the 4th most dangerous in New York.

5. Johnson City Village

Johnson City Village, NY

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Population: 14,595
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 623 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,179 (1st most dangerous)
More on Johnson City Village:

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 5th on this list of most dangerous cities in New York, one spot better than last year.

6. Herkimer Village

Herkimer Village, NY

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 7,410
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 674 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,372 (6th most dangerous)
More on Herkimer Village:

Herkimer Village ranks 12th in violent crime, but 6th overall in property crime to place as the 6th most dangerous city in New York.

To put that in perspective, you have a 1 in 22.9 chance of being a victim of a property crime in Herkimer Village. That makes property crimes much more common in Herkimer Village than the safest city, Lewisboro Town.

Albany, NY

Overall SnackAbility

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/10

Population: 98,174
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 892 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,457 (14th most dangerous)
More on Albany:  Data | Photos

Albany comes in at 10th place when it comes to violent crime: there were 791 violent crimes in 2017, which gives Albany its 10th 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 since 2011.

Troy, NY

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 49,644
Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 707 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,488 (13th most dangerous)
More on Troy:  Data | Photos

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?

Syracuse, NY

Overall SnackAbility

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Population: 143,069
Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 705 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,366 (17th most dangerous)
More on Syracuse:  Data | Photos

Syracuse is a large city with one of the higher populations on this list. It has the 11th highest violent crime rate in New York and has the 17th worst property crime rank in the state. In 2017 alone, there were 4,817 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.

Watertown, NY

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 25,746
Rank Last Year: 6 (Down 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 539 (21st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,093 (8th most dangerous)
More on Watertown:  Data | Photos

Watertown is the least populated city on this list, as well as the least violent.

Residents of Watertown faced a 1 in 24.4 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017.

Watertown has been improving a lot lately too, with reductions in both violent and property crime between 2015-17.

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 2019.

We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Niagara Falls 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 New York:

  1. Kirkland Town (Pop. 8,204)
  2. Mount Hope Town (Pop. 6,904)
  3. Lewisboro Town (Pop. 12,823)

For more New York reading, check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In New York

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Niagara Falls 48,385 1,124 4,827
2 Buffalo 256,169 1,019 3,836
3 Rochester 208,591 897 3,803
4 Binghamton 45,399 797 4,367
5 Johnson City Village 14,595 623 5,179
6 Herkimer Village 7,410 674 4,372
7 Albany 98,174 892 3,457
8 Troy 49,644 707 3,488
9 Syracuse 143,069 705 3,366
10 Watertown 25,746 539 4,093
11 Schenectady 64,710 891 3,178
12 Hudson 6,353 724 3,179
13 Batavia 14,711 638 3,290
14 Endicott Village 12,932 572 3,309
15 Jamestown 29,562 663 2,973
16 Utica 60,395 557 3,288
17 Newburgh 28,080 1,235 2,660
18 Albion Village 5,944 521 3,230
19 Ilion Village 7,801 410 3,243
20 Monticello Village 6,373 564 2,855
21 Ogdensburg 10,685 271 3,565
22 Oneida 11,027 226 3,446
23 Elmira 27,740 288 3,111
24 Medina Village 5,739 418 2,596
25 Norwich 6,804 382 2,777
26 Bath Village 5,556 269 3,095
27 Gloversville 14,832 431 2,440
28 Malone Village 5,650 477 2,389
29 Poughkeepsie 30,159 706 1,999
30 Cheektowaga Town 77,576 241 2,959
31 Ellicott Town 5,093 176 3,632
32 Corning 10,751 372 2,464
33 Port Jervis 8,527 304 2,603
34 Middletown 27,607 373 2,383
35 Mount Vernon 68,507 637 1,888
36 Olean 13,694 226 2,782
37 Watervliet 10,100 415 2,029
38 Gates Town 28,723 208 2,927
39 Lackawanna 17,823 420 2,003
40 Niagara Town 8,030 112 4,458
41 Solvay Village 6,329 252 2,243
42 Ithaca 30,875 181 2,908
43 Tonawanda 14,808 303 2,100
44 Dewitt Town 25,405 188 2,814
45 Canandaigua 10,337 319 1,992
46 Fulton City 11,321 158 2,906
47 Kingston 23,110 315 1,942
48 Wallkill Town 28,881 225 2,188
49 Irondequoit Town 50,393 216 2,218
50 Geneva 12,951 216 2,231
51 New York 8,616,333 538 1,448
52 Oswego City 17,510 205 2,187
53 Beacon 14,212 309 1,688
54 Dunkirk 11,845 363 1,654
55 Rotterdam Town 29,586 125 2,781
56 Seneca Falls Town 8,811 124 2,712
57 Johnstown 8,251 133 2,545
58 Greece Town 96,219 180 2,011
59 Rome 32,200 220 1,748
60 Amsterdam 17,737 174 1,916
61 Hempstead Village 55,807 594 1,062
62 Spring Valley Village 32,795 405 1,189
63 New Rochelle 79,960 227 1,436
64 Newburgh Town 30,862 77 3,431
65 Oneonta City 13,967 193 1,675
66 Colonie Town 79,526 105 2,391
67 Saratoga Springs 27,962 200 1,641
68 White Plains 58,461 176 1,679
69 Plattsburgh City 19,742 157 1,798
70 Salamanca 5,512 163 1,687
71 New Hartford Town and Village 20,313 78 2,929
72 Tonawanda Town 57,223 174 1,593
73 Yonkers 201,554 401 1,003
74 Cohoes 17,007 241 1,175
75 Glens Falls 14,268 203 1,331
76 Pelham Manor Village 5,577 71 2,904
77 Mechanicville 5,081 255 1,062
78 North Tonawanda 30,452 121 1,664
79 North Syracuse Village 6,796 132 1,456
80 Lakewood-Busti 7,326 40 4,559
81 Scotia Village 7,651 156 1,333
82 Woodbury Town 11,017 36 4,583
83 Fredonia Village 10,543 123 1,489
84 Depew Village 15,150 112 1,623
85 Brockport Village 8,310 240 1,034
86 Ulster Town 12,473 64 2,741
87 Rensselaer City 9,331 139 1,253
88 Saranac Lake Village 5,268 303 873
89 Vestal Town 28,090 78 2,039
90 Guilderland Town 34,098 79 2,008
91 Brighton Town 36,596 76 2,134
92 Monroe Village 8,636 104 1,540
93 Amherst Town 121,150 102 1,541
94 Port Chester Village 29,616 165 1,087
95 Amityville Village 9,492 115 1,327
96 New Paltz Town and Village 14,125 155 1,168
97 Clarkstown Town 81,810 108 1,375
98 Greenburgh Town 45,923 108 1,334
99 Hamburg Town 46,040 80 1,898
100 Freeport Village 43,343 216 939

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