10 Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas

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

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our fifth time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Kansas and is updated for 2019.

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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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Kansas for 2019:

  1. Wichita (Photos)
  2. Independence (Photos)
  3. Parsons (Photos)
  4. Iola (Photos)
  5. Topeka (Photos)
  6. Arkansas City (Photos)
  7. Coffeyville (Photos)
  8. Hutchinson (Photos)
  9. Leavenworth (Photos)
  10. Newton (Photos)

So what is the most dangerous city in Kansas? After analyzing 49 cities in Kansas, Wichita takes the top spot as the most dangerous city in Kansas based on the most recent FBI data.

For 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.

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 Kansas reading, check out:

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Kansas

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Kansas For 2019

Wichita, KS

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Population: 391,084
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,022 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,535 (4th most dangerous)
More on Wichita:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Wichita by HomeSnacks User

As someone from Wichita KS I call BS. Most of the towns you have on here are tiny and don’t have much to do. Kansas City KS is a small portion of KC. It goes into Missouri and there is a TON to do there!

As for Wichita, sure there is crime but not as much as they are saying. Wichita has small pockets of bad neighborhoods but what city doesn’t.

Wichita has a thriving art and music scene. Always something to do here!

Independence, KS

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Population: 8,692
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 690 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,638 (1st most dangerous)
More on Independence:  Data | Photos

Independence has issues with a recent increase in crime.

That means residents of Independence had a 1 in 144 chance of being the victim of a violent crime and a 1 in 15.1 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Parsons, KS

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Population: 9,815
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 784 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,503 (11th most dangerous)
More on Parsons:  Data | Photos

While Parsons is a known speed trap with rigorous enforcement of speeding laws, it is also a relative hot bed for the occurrence of crime.

As the FBI aggregates crime data based on reporting from local municipalities, it wouldn’t surprise us if Parsons ranks highly simply because the police department does an excellent job of reporting crimes that occur within its city limits.

Parsons has the 2nd most violent crimes in Kansas.

Iola, KS

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Population: 5,413
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 609 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,191 (5th most dangerous)
More on Iola:  Data | Photos

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.

Topeka, KS

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Population: 126,624
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 613 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,128 (6th most dangerous)
More on Topeka:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Topeka by HomeSnacks User

Topeka really s***s! There’s so much murder and theft that goes on its ridiculous.

The good thing about Topeka is overall it had very convenient locations for their stores and mall.

Arkansas City, KS

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Population: 12,009
Rank Last Year: 8 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 524 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,846 (8th most dangerous)
More on Arkansas City:  Data | Photos

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.

Coffeyville, KS

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Population: 9,423
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 509 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,881 (7th most dangerous)
More on Coffeyville:  Data | Photos

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.

Review Of Coffeyville by HomeSnacks User

I live in Coffeyville, Ks We have a refinery that pays over$70,000.- $125,000 a year salary, We have John Deere MFG plant that Pays $60,000 plus, Our City is still union and pays in the $40,000 range,

Most jobs in the area are low to med income. However our housing was washed away with a flood in 2007. We are within 35 minutes from Bartlesville, 45 minutes from Owasso, OK and Tulsa, OK or one hour from Joplin, MO.

We have our highways lined with the US Flags and a highly ranked Community College in all sports.

Hutchinson, KS

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Population: 41,160
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 583 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,715 (10th most dangerous)
More on Hutchinson:  Data | Photos

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.

Leavenworth, KS

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Population: 36,284
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 711 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,508 (17th most dangerous)
More on Leavenworth:  Data | Photos

Leavenworth ranks relatively poorly in both categories of crime in Kansas.

That left Leavenworth’s residents with a 1 in 140 shot of being the victim of violence in 2017. Additionally, it ranked 17th for property crime.

Newton, KS

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Population: 19,095
Rank Last Year: 10 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 633 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,576 (16th most dangerous)
More on Newton:  Data | Photos

Newton is home to the 10th most dangerous population in Kansas.

Violent crime has been decreasing of late, but the 1 in 28.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime has been fairly consistent.

How Is Your Town In ?

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.

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:

  1. Abilene (Pop. 6,407)
  2. Bel Aire (Pop. 7,819)
  3. Leawood (Pop. 35,029)

For more Kansas reading, check out:

Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Wichita 391,084 1,022 5,535
2 Independence 8,692 690 6,638
3 Parsons 9,815 784 4,503
4 Iola 5,413 609 5,191
5 Topeka 126,624 613 5,128
6 Arkansas City 12,009 524 4,846
7 Coffeyville 9,423 509 4,881
8 Hutchinson 41,160 583 4,715
9 Leavenworth 36,284 711 3,508
10 Newton 19,095 633 3,576

About Chris Kolmar

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9 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas

  1. Why is Galena on this list? You stated that you based this list on cities with 5k in population. You have Galena at a lil over 3k. Makes your list totally unreliable. One thing I hate as a writer, is when other writers make a list article set by rules then just dismiss their own rules.

  2. Your info about Emporia on worst towns to live in Kansas was skimpy on hard numbers comparatively speaking and I am curious as to why. I am Emporia raised. Suicide rates there are higher than average as well.

  3. LMAO…Topeka is by far the worse city to live in as far as crime goes.
    1,010 reported burglaries , 4,727 thefts, 585 motor vehicle thefts, cop killers, we have had 5 police officers shot, 4 which have died in the line of duty.This is just since the beginning of this year. Drive by shootings every night. (had one a week ago across the street from me). 2 children died from these drive by’s. And just today, we had a female officer get dragged by a person she had pulled over and after dragging her, he shot her. Crime Index states on a scale from 1 to 100 (100 being the safest) Topeka is 5, meaning safer than 5% of the cities in the U.S. Yep here is the proof. http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/ks/topeka/crime/

  4. Coffeyville is probably on this list because it went through a massive economic downturn when Amazon closed it’s fulfillment center there about 2-3 years ago.

  5. I myself was and am happy that I made it out of Parsons twice a live or not locked away. And I also remember as a child when living in Parsons you could leave the doors to your house unlocked. Always wondered where did that town we always labeled PK go wrong, the only thing I could come up with is the corrupt city officials that are sworn in to run this town, it’s never been the people or a curtain type of people I’m SMH.

  6. Atchison has had multiple stings for drugs (organized) as well as murders. And Topeka is definitely bad as well as LV (Leavenworth) those are hells triangle cities. Witchita isn’t any punk either. Surprised KC isn’t on here. Just suburbs.

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