Do you live in one of the most dangerous cities in Kansas?
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 Kansas — and anyone looking to move to Kansas — 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 Sunflower State for 2019:
- Wichita (Photos)
- Independence (Photos)
- Parsons (Photos)
- Iola (Photos)
- Topeka (Photos)
- Arkansas City (Photos)
- Coffeyville (Photos)
- Hutchinson (Photos)
- Leavenworth (Photos)
- Newton (Photos)
After analyzing 49 cities in Kansas, why did Wichita 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 Kansas.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Kansas
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Kansas 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 49 cities in Kansas.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 49 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.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Kansas.
If you live in Wichita, you have a 1 in 97 chance that you’ll be raped, attacked or killed. Not only is that really depressing, but for Kansas, that’s unacceptable. There were 35 murders here in 2017, which is actually way down from years in the past. However, the number of aggravated assaults has been climbing over the last five years.
Property crimes aren’t any better; residents had a 1 in 18.1 chance of being robbed in 2017. That’s a lot of stolen laptops, cell phones and tractor tires. If you wind up in the bad part of Wichita, you might wish you could click your heels and make somewhere else home.
Independence ranks as the 2nd most dangerous city in Kansas.
The sheer volume of people passing through Independence probably contributes to the high occurrence of violent crime within the city. There were 60 violent crimes in 2017.
Parsons has the smallest population of any city on our list of the most dangerous in Kansas.
The Parsons saw a total of 442 property crimes in 2017, which calculates out to a 1 in 22.2 chance of being a victim of theft.
Parsons ranked 2nd for violent crime.
Little Iola is far less violent than the cities listed above. In fact, for the most part, it seems that a majority of the crime in Kansas is focused on the hubs and smaller towns we already mentioned.
But the fact remains that Iola has a very high number of property crimes for a city of its size. You have a 1 in 19.3 chance of being robbed here, which is a really high number. Odds are if you weren’t the victim of a crime in Iola, and you’ve lived there all your life, you will be one day.
The center of Topeka is a downright danger zone, there’s no doubt about that. But like most of the other cities listed, violent crimes are going down quickly. But according to the latest numbers, 1 in 19.5 Topeka residents was robbed.
In terms of violent crimes, 1 in 162 people in Topeka was raped, attacked or murdered. Hopefully, most of that was ‘personal’, meaning beef between punks.
The south side of Arkansas City can be a real mess, when you look at the number of violent crimes that are happening here each year. And, unlike many of the cities we talked about earlier, it’s getting much worse.
Currently, people who live here had a 1 in 140 chance of being raped, attacked or killed. That means if you’re traveling along Route 166 near the Oklahoma state line, you should remain vigil.
Would you have thought that little Coffeyville is one of the most dangerous city in Kansas? If you live there, you’re probably not surprised. Let’s dig deeper to see why.
Residents in Coffeyville had a 1 in 16 chance of being the victim of a property crime. By this, we mean a robbery, most likely a victim of a home break-in or car break-in. That means if you live in Coffeyville, odds are that if you weren’t robbed last year, someone on your street was.
That’s not a fun place to be is it? And it’s trending upwards, meaning crime is getting worse here, year by year. In conjunction with that, the population has shrunk more than 8% in the last 10 years.
Coffeyville is along Route 166 towards the southeastern corner of the state . If you’re passing through and stop for gas, lock your door.
Residents had a 1 in 21.2 chance of being robbed according to the latest FBI numbers, which is actually down from the year prior. So while robberies have been lessening here, but the fact remains Hutchinson is one of the places in Kansas where you need to lock your doors at night.
Property values are climbing, and the unemployment rate is far below the national average, so hopefully, things turn around here. Hutchinson is off Route 96 northwest of Wichita.
Located in the western part of the state, Kansas’s capital, Leavenworth, is unfortunately in the top 4th for worst violent crime and 17th worst property crime rates in the state.
While violence fell between 2015-17, property crime rose, meaning that, overall, Leavenworth’s instances of crime have been increasing.
Residents of Leavenworth had a 1 in 140 chance of being the victim of violence and a 1 in 28.5 chance of being the victim of a property crime in 2017.
Newton, with a population of around 19,095 has experienced decent amount of crime in recent years.
Currently, residents have a 1 in 28.0 chance of being the victim of theft or arson in 2017 and a 1 in 157 chance of being the victim of violent crime. That’s good for a 10th overall ranking on our list of dangerous places in Kansas.
Locking It All Up In Kansas
The latest FBI crime data shows that Wichita ranks as the most dangerous city in Kansas for 2019.
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.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Kansas:
- Abilene (Pop. 6,407)
- Bel Aire (Pop. 7,819)
- Leawood (Pop. 35,029)
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas