10 Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas For 2020

We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Sunflower State for 2020.

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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 2020.

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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 2020.

How’d we do it? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 41 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.

Here are the 10 most dangerous cities in Kansas for 2020:

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

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 2020 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.

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The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Kansas For 2020

Wichita, KS

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Population: 391,726
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,179 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,618 (1st most dangerous)
More on Wichita:  Data | Photos

If you live in Wichita, you have a 1 in 84 chance that you’ll be raped, attacked or killed. Not only is that really depressing, but for Kansas, that’s unacceptable. There were 38 murders here in 2018, 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 17.8 chance of being robbed in 2018. 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

I like Wichita because it’s got the small town feel with most of the city amenities and culture.

The cost of living is very affordable. A family can easily afford a house from the income they make from the aircraft industry.

The bad side is that it could be a bit boring.

On the bright side, Vietnamese food is really good here.

Independence, KS

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Population: 8,629
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 718 (5th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,844 (4th most dangerous)
More on Independence:  Data | Photos

Independence is the 28th largest and 2nd most dangerous city in Kansas.

Residents have a 1 in 20.6 chance of being the victim of a property crime each year, and chances of a violent crime now stand at 1 in 139, making Independence quite a dangerous place to be.

Coffeyville, KS

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Population: 9,375
Rank Last Year: 6 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 608 (8th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,034 (3rd 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.

Topeka, KS

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Population: 126,399
Rank Last Year: 5 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 606 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,189 (2nd 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 19.3 Topeka residents was robbed.

In terms of violent crimes, 1 in 165 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.

Parsons, KS

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Population: 9,664
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 941 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,569 (10th most dangerous)
More on Parsons:  Data | Photos

For a relatively small town, Parsons has had an extensive amount of industrialization over the past 100 years.

This level of industrialization may contribute to the higher occurrences of crime within the city, good for a 1 in 28.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime.

Great Bend, KS

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Population: 15,251
Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 6)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 734 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,783 (9th most dangerous)
More on Great Bend:  Data | Photos

It seems that the Great Bend is a hub of crime.

Though residents of Great Bend had a 1 in 136 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2018, that’s not too bad relative to other cities of its size.

Property crime now stands as the 9th worst in Kansas.

Iola, KS

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Population: 5,306
Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 621 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,938 (8th 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 25.4 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.

Leavenworth, KS

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Population: 36,331
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 949 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,110 (13th most dangerous)
More on Leavenworth:  Data | Photos

Leavenworth, located in Leavenworth County, is the 8th most dangerous and 2nd most violent city in Kansas.

Violent crime has remained high from 2017-2018, during which time property crime fell by only small amounts.

Arkansas City, KS

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Population: 11,791
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 424 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,325 (6th 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.

Newton, KS

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Population: 18,830
Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 695 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,973 (14th most dangerous)
More on Newton:  Data | Photos

Newton is slightly less dangerous than some of the others on the list, but it is still a very uncomfortable place to live if you cherish safety. While the number of robberies here has gone down lately, violent crimes have gone up. Statistically, 1 out of 143 people was attacked in 2018.

How we determined the most dangerous cities in Kansas for 2020?

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 2018 data, specifically the 2018 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2020.

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 41 cities in Kansas.

We then ranked each city from 1 to 41 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

The latest FBI crime data shows that Wichita ranks as the most dangerous city in Kansas for 2020.

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. Basehor (Pop. 6,239)
  2. Tonganoxie (Pop. 5,508)
  3. Valley Center (Pop. 7,370)

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Where Are The Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas?

Rank City Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
1 Wichita 391,726 1,179 5,618
2 Independence 8,629 718 4,844
3 Coffeyville 9,375 608 5,034
4 Topeka 126,399 606 5,189
5 Parsons 9,664 941 3,569
6 Great Bend 15,251 734 3,783
7 Iola 5,306 621 3,938
8 Leavenworth 36,331 949 3,110
9 Arkansas City 11,791 424 4,325
10 Newton 18,830 695 2,973

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9 thoughts on “10 Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas For 2020

  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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