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 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.
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.
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.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Kansas
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Kansas For 2020
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 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 17.8 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.
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.
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.
Great Bend, a city in Barton County, has seen its crime increase overall for the last few years. According to the FBI, violent crimes have nearly doubled here, and residents have a 1 in 136 chance of being robbed.
Additionally, there were 112 attacks in a city of only 15,251 residents.
It seems that the Parsons is a hub of crime.
Though residents of Parsons had a 1 in 106 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in 2017, that’s not too bad relative to other cities of its size.
Property crime now stands as the 9th worst in Kansas.
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.
Located 15 miles east of Portland, Leavenworth’s violent crime looks to be an issue.
Violent crime went to 345 occurrences between 2015-17, leaving residents with a 1 in 105 chance of being the victim of violence in 2017.
Though Leavenworth is the 2nd most violent city in Kansas overall, it does only have the 12th most property crime on this list (which still leaves residents a 1 in 32.2 chance of being robbed each year).
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.
Though there has been a modest drop in violent crimes, the alarming increase in property crime from 2015-17indicates that Newton isn’t satisfied with being at the bottom of this list.
Newton residents had a 1 in 143 chance of a violent crime, while having a 1 in 33.6 chance of a property crime, 5th and 13th in the state, respectively.
Residents had a 1 in 25.0 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.
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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 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 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.
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:
- Basehor (Pop. 6,239)
- Tonganoxie (Pop. 5,508)
- Valley Center (Pop. 7,370)
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