The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas For 2021


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Sunflower State for 2021.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Kansas and is updated for 2021.

The most dangerous places in Kansas are going to need more than a pair of ruby red slippers to turn their situations around: they’re going to need a miracle.

Kansas might not be in the top ten most dangerous states in the country, but it definitely has its fair share of dangerous places. Yes, The Sunflower State has its fair share of dangerous places and those are the places where you’ll find the most crime. So, if you’re looking to move to this flyover state in the Midwest, we suggest you take a look at RoadSnacks’ list of the most dangerous places in Kansas for 2021.

How’d we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 39 cities. We looked at the FBI’s latest crime report for violent crime and property crime statistics for every place with over 5,000 residents. And unfortunately folks, some of the Kansas cities on this list made some pretty big jumps-in the wrong direction- from last year.

And to make matters worse, the list seems to be centered around the bigger cities in The Jayhawker State. Cities like Wichita and Hutchinson can’t catch a break.

We’re not talking about the kind of problems that give Baxter Springs’ hometown hero, Joe Don Rooney, sad lyrics for his country songs. We’re talking about the kind of crime that will get you on Topeka’s KSNT at six and Overland Park’s crimestoppers at ten. And, folks, it’s rather unfortunate, but the breakdown begins in Kansas’ most dangerous cities.

Want to know more? We suggest you grab some friends, fire up the ‘ol Mustang, crank some Kansas, and keep reading.

The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Kansas For 2021

Wichita, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 390,080
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,141 (Most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,321 (Most dangerous)
More on Wichita:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Wichita makes the top of the list again this year as the number 1 most dangerous place to live in Kansas for 2021. Residents of Wichita have a 1 in 18 chance of being involved in a property crime, especially personal property theft. Ranked highest in violent crime, residents need to be on guard against aggravated assault, rape and murder.

Home to a large aircraft production hub, this city is known as the Air Capital of the World. Birthplace of Pizza Hut and White Castle, Wichita is the largest city in Kansas. So, if you’re going out for a late-night pizza or sliders in this big city, make sure you keep your guard up and your valuables close.

Independence, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,497
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 988 (Third most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,695 (Third most dangerous)
More on Independence:  | Cost Of Living

Independence ranks as one of the most dangerous cities and one of the worst places to live in Kansas. Although there were only 84 violent crimes and 399 property crimes, for such a small town, that’s some big numbers. Independence’s residents have a 1 in 21 chance of being involved in a burglary, car theft, larceny, or arson and a 1 in 101 chance of being a victim of rape, murder, or aggravated assault.

Located in Montgomery County in the Southeast part of Kansas, Independence is home to the Neewollah Festival, where a town of 8,497 becomes a town of 80,000 during Halloween time. Home to Laura Ingalls Wilder of Little House on the Prairie fame this small town is wilder than it should be.

Topeka, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 125,655
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 712 (Fourth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,990 (Second most dangerous)
More on Topeka:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Situated along the Kansas River in northeast Kansas, Topeka moved up from last year to be one of the most dangerous places in Kansas for 2021. Topeka also ranks for being one of the most ghetto cities in Kansas and one of the 4. Arkansas City

Arkansas City, KS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,718
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 554 (Sixth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,703 (Sixth most dangerous)
More on Arkansas City:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Arkansas City is the fourth most dangerous city in Arkansas for 2021, and for a town of 11,718, that’s discouraging, particularly on the south side of town. Arkansas City ranks sixth highest in violent crime partly because it had 0 murders this year. Residents are more likely to be a victim of aggravated assault or rape than murder, however.

Arkansas City lies on the peninsula where the Kansas and Walnut Rivers meet and also appears on our cheapest places to live list and the poorest places to live list in Kansas. The residents of “Ark City” need to be aware of their surroundings and keep their wits about them in this town.

Coffeyville, KS

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,260
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 647 (Fifth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,509 (Eighth most dangerous)
More on Coffeyville:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Coffeyville is a smaller town with a population of 9,260 people, and Coffeyville’s residents have something to be happy about this year. This town also ranks as one of the worst places to live and poorest places to live in Kansas.

Now, the name of this old cowtown may not be familiar to you, but it’s famous for bringing down the Dalton Gang in 1892. Coffeyville residents wouldn’t stand for their banks being robbed. So, they grabbed their guns and took down every gang member, except for one. Let’s hope they can band together again and bring these numbers down further.

Salina, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 46,567
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 457 (Tenth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,706 (Fifth most dangerous)
More on Salina:  | Cost Of Living

Salina, Kansas, the county seat of Salina County, is located in the world’s largest wheat-producing area and is north-central Kansas’s regional trade center. For a city of 46,567 people, Salina’s violent crime rate is relatively low. Residents have a 1 in 218 chance of being a victim of violent crime. But, property crime is much higher and ranks fifth highest overall. Residents have a 1 in 27 chance of getting their personal property stolen, their houses broken into or a vehicle stolen.

Be sure to keep your wallets, purses, and cell phones where you can see them at all times in this town.

Merriam, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,197
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 384 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,322 (Fourth most dangerous)
More on Merriam:  | Cost Of Living

The residents of Merriam have something to celebrate this year. Their town has dropped from last year, and that number is mainly due to a drop in this city’s violent crime. People who live here still have to keep an eye out for their valuables because they have a 1 in 23 chance of having something stolen like a car, cell phone, purse or wallet.

Located on the Missouri River on the Missouri-Kansas border, Merriam also ranks as one of the best places for singles in Kansas. So, if you’re single and you’re in the Kansas City metropolitan area, you have a good chance of finding your soulmate, but make sure you keep an eye on your valuables.

Junction City, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,921
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 999 (Second most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,527 (15th most dangerous)
More on Junction City:  | Cost Of Living

Although Junction City made the most dangerous cities in Kansas lists, its residents can celebrate that their property crime has gone down from last year. But, they are still ranked second highest for violent crime. That means residents have a 1 in 100 chance of being a victim of a major crime, particularly aggravated assault.

Located in Geary County where the Smoky Hill and Republican Rivers meet, Junction City is a wholesale shipping center for wheat and dairy. Near Fort Riley, Junction City was a trading town during the days of George Custer and the Seventh Cavalry.

Iola, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,265
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 436 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,228 (Tenth most dangerous)
More on Iola:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Although Iola is one of the best places to buy a house in Kansas, it’s also one of the poorest cities and one of theworst places to live in Kansas.

For a town of 5,265, you’d think crime would be lower, but residents have a 1 in 31 chance of getting their property stolen and a 1 in 228 chance of being a victim of a violent crime such as rape, murder and aggravated assault. Make sure to keep a close eye on your belongings and to be on the lookout for suspicious characters in this small town.

Augusta, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,334
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 310 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,524 (Seventh most dangerous)
More on Augusta:  | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Augusta wasn’t on this list last year, but with a jump from last year, residents of this small town should make sure to lock their doors. Ranked seventh highest for property crime, residents have 1 in 28 of having their personal items, like wallets, cell phones, and purses stolen. Don’t take your eyes off your valuables in Augusta; that may be the last time you see them.

Located where the Walnut and Whitewater Rivers meet, August features the only 18-hole permanently lit glow-in-the-dark municipal disc golf course.

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Kansas

Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas Graph

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Kansas for 2021?

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 2019 data, specifically the 2019 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2021.

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 Kansas cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 39 cities in Kansas.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 39 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 Kansas — Wichita. 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 Kansas.

Locking It All Up In Kansas

So what is the most dangerous city in Kansas? After analyzing 39 cities in Kansas, Wichita takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Kansas based on the most recently reported FBI data — 2019.

The latest FBI crime data shows that Wichita ranks as the most dangerous city in Kansas for 2021.

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

Do we think there’s a direct correlation between Kansas places with high unemployment rates, low wages, and high crime to the state’s most dangerous places? Absolutely.

What is the most dangerous city in Kansas? The most dangerous place to live in Kansas for 2021 is Wichita per FBI data.

Now, if you live in Kansas’ safest city, Leawood, keep enjoying life; but if you don’t, we suggest you take a look at the list below. There might be some that surprise you.

Learn more about the safest places in Kansas.

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 Kansas:

  1. Ulysses (Pop. 5,709)
  2. Bel Aire (Pop. 8,252)
  3. Lansing (Pop. 12,051)
  4. Lenexa (Pop. 56,240)
  5. Eudora (Pop. 6,414)
  6. Prairie Village (Pop. 22,508)
  7. Leawood (Pop. 35,052)
  8. Gardner (Pop. 22,229)
  9. Basehor (Pop. 6,418)
  10. Valley Center (Pop. 7,376)

For more Kansas reading, check out:

The Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Wichita 390,080 1,141 5,321
2 Independence 8,497 988 4,695
3 Topeka 125,655 712 4,990
4 Arkansas City 11,718 554 3,703
5 Coffeyville 9,260 647 3,509
6 Salina 46,567 457 3,706
7 Merriam 11,197 384 4,322
8 Junction City 21,921 999 2,527
9 Iola 5,265 436 3,228
10 Augusta 9,334 310 3,524
11 Newton 18,697 486 2,219
12 Dodge City 27,314 472 2,244
13 Hutchinson 40,431 378 3,190
14 Atchison 10,509 390 2,664
15 Winfield 12,023 274 3,351
16 Wellington 7,698 376 2,831
17 Fort Scott 7,729 504 1,009
18 Pratt 6,606 272 1,695
19 Bonner Springs 7,850 254 1,910
20 Hays 20,894 268 1,713
21 Mulvane 6,451 232 1,891
22 Park City 7,779 231 1,889
23 Colby 5,305 263 1,413
24 El Dorado 12,899 131 2,798
25 Emporia 24,747 145 2,089
26 McPherson 13,070 183 1,790
27 Paola 5,676 229 1,338
28 Abilene 6,235 160 1,363
29 Olathe 141,371 205 1,134
30 Ulysses 5,709 262 630
31 Bel Aire 8,252 133 1,526
32 Lansing 12,051 265 506
33 Lenexa 56,240 154 1,353
34 Eudora 6,414 202 951
35 Prairie Village 22,508 128 1,079
36 Leawood 35,052 54 1,144
37 Gardner 22,229 143 787
38 Basehor 6,418 15 856
39 Valley Center 7,376 81 515

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