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:
- Wichita (Photos)
- Independence (Photos)
- Topeka (Photos)
- Parsons (Photos)
- Iola (Photos)
- Fort Scott
- Arkansas City (Photos)
- Great Bend (Photos)
- Salina (Photos)
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.
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Kansas for 2018?
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 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available for 2017 in October 2018.
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 43 cities in Kansas.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 43 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.
Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Kansas.
Population: 391,399Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,056
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,381
If you live in Wichita, you have a 1 in 94 chance that you’ll be raped, attacked or killed. Not only is that really depressing, but for Kansas, that’s unacceptable. There were 31 murders here in 2016, 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 18.6 chance of being robbed in 2016. 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.
Population: 8,860 Rank Last Year: N/A
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 654
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,699
Independence is the smallest city to make this list, mostly due to the instances of violent crime increasing between 2014-16, leaving residents a 1 in 152 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
Additionally, from 2014-16 property crime increased, but that fact has a lot less to do with Independence’s spot on this list than the city’s violent crime rate.
Population: 127,166Rank Last Year: 3 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 559
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,620
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 17.8 Topeka residents was robbed.
In terms of violent crimes, 1 in 178 people in Topeka was raped, attacked or murdered. Hopefully, most of that was ‘personal’, meaning beef between punks.
Population: 10,016Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 718
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,692
Tiny Parsons, statistically, is the 2nd most violent city per capita in the entire state of Kansas.
While crimes here skyrocketed in 2015, apparently, local jurisdictions have made progress, as crimes went down in 2016. However, for a town of just over 10,016 people, 72 violent crimes is eye opening. Statistically, 1 in 139 residents was the victim of a rape, attack or was killed last year.
Population: 5,425Rank Last Year: 5 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 608
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,105
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 19.6 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.
6. Fort Scott
Population: 7,792 Rank Last Year: 4 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 539
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,055
Most of the cities in the top this year are smaller, which means, sometimes, it can be even scarier to live there, since you are a lot more close to the crimes happening.
Fort Scott, located along Route 69 on the Missouri state line, has some real issues to contend with on its east side. Residents had a 1 in 185 chance of being the victim of some sort of violent crime, which is high for such an isolated place.
The population has been dropping here lately. Maybe crime is one reason why.
Population: 11,337 Rank Last Year: 11 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 449
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,895
The smallest place to make this list, Merriam ranks as the 7th most dangerous city in Kansas.
There’s a 1 in 20.4 chance being robbed in 2016. Yikes.
8. Arkansas City
Population: 12,085Rank Last Year: 12 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 479
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,632
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.
9. Great Bend
Population: 15,661Rank Last Year: 10 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 383
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,837
Great Bend is the smallest city to make this list, mostly due to the instances of violent crime increasing between 2014-16, leaving residents a 1 in 261 chance of being the victim of violence in 2016.
Additionally, from 2014-16 property crime increased, but that fact has a lot less to do with Great Bend’s spot on this list than the city’s violent crime rate.
Population: 47,805Rank Last Year: 14 (Up 4)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 428
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,821
Salina ranked towards the top for both violent crimes and property crimes per capita, finishing 12th and 11th respectively. Those numbers place it in the top 20% of cities in Kansas.
So while crime isn’t all that bad in Salina, it still could be a bit better.
Locking It All Up In Kansas
The latest FBI crime data shows that Wichita ranks as the most dangerous city in Kansas for 2018.
However, there will be new data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Wichita’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.
If you’re curious enough, here are the safest cities in Kansas:
- Bel Aire
- Prairie Village
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Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Kansas