These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas For 2018


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Sunflower State for 2018.

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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.

The data shows that these ten cities are currently the most dangerous in the Sunflower State:

  1. Wichita (Photos)
  2. Independence (Photos)
  3. Topeka (Photos)
  4. Parsons (Photos)
  5. Iola (Photos)
  6. Fort Scott
  7. Merriam
  8. Arkansas City (Photos)
  9. Great Bend (Photos)
  10. 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.

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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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.

Here’s a visualization of the criteria:
Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas Graph

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Read on for a detailed look at the 10 most dangerous cities in Kansas.

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1. Wichita

Wichita, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 391,399
Rank 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.

2. Independence


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.

3. Topeka

Topeka, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 127,166
Rank 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.

4. Parsons

Parsons, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 10,016
Rank 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.

5. Iola

Iola, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 5,425
Rank 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.

7. Merriam


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

Arkansas City, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 12,085
Rank 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

Great Bend, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 15,661
Rank 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.

10. Salina

Salina, Kansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 47,805
Rank 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:

  1. Ulysses
  2. Bel Aire
  3. Prairie Village

For more Kansas reading , check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangeroues Cities In Kansas

City Rank Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per Capita Property Crimes Per Capita
Wichita 1 1 391,399 1,056 5,381
Independence 2 8,860 654 5,699
Topeka 3 3 127,166 559 5,620
Parsons 4 7 10,016 718 4,692
Iola 5 5 5,425 608 5,105
Fort Scott 6 4 7,792 539 4,055
Merriam 7 11 11,337 449 4,895
Arkansas City 8 12 12,085 479 3,632
Great Bend 9 10 15,661 383 3,837
Salina 10 14 47,805 428 3,821
Newton 11 13 19,226 514 3,177
Garden City 12 16 27,038 514 3,095
Atchison 13 22 10,654 356 3,576
Mission 14 8 9,523 304 4,347
Junction City 15 17 24,780 706 2,070
Ottawa 16 32 12,334 381 2,764
Winfield 17 26 12,176 312 3,235
Paola 18 31 5,509 326 3,104
Dodge City 19 23 27,997 353 3,103
Pratt 20 27 6,854 145 4,566
Augusta 21 29 9,304 311 2,730
Park City 22 30 7,671 182 2,763
Hays 23 24 21,206 315 2,089
El Dorado 24 12,913 178 2,679
Haysville 25 18 11,288 159 2,613
Shawnee 26 35 65,603 202 1,791
Tonganoxie 27 44 5,295 188 1,888
Emporia 28 37 24,601 142 2,337
Overland Park 29 34 189,104 198 1,482
Mulvane 30 39 6,347 94 2,505
Valley Center 31 45 7,302 178 1,396
Abilene 32 33 6,501 123 1,938
Derby 33 36 23,708 92 2,273
Olathe 34 42 135,977 163 1,564
Lenexa 35 40 53,376 131 1,725
Colby 36 25 5,418 92 2,122
Lansing 37 38 11,860 177 1,053
Andover 38 41 12,937 115 1,576
Basehor 39 43 5,563 107 1,078
Leawood 40 47 35,139 85 1,126
Prairie Village 41 49 21,958 50 1,011
Bel Aire 42 48 7,574 79 765
Ulysses 43 46 6,084 65 904

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5 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas For 2018

  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.

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