The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas For 2021


We used data and science to identify the most dangerous cities in the Sunflower State for 2021.

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This article is an opinion based on facts and is meant as infotainment. It is our seventh time ranking the most dangerous places to live in Kansas and is updated for 2021.

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 2021.

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.

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.

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 2021 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 2021

Wichita, KS

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 390,080
Rank Last Year: 1 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,141 (Most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,321 (Most dangerous)
More on Wichita:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Wichita makes the top of the list again this year as the number 1 most dangerous place to live in Kansas for 2021. Residents of Wichita have a 1 in 18 chance of being involved in a property crime, especially personal property theft. Ranked highest in violent crime, residents need to be on guard against aggravated assault, rape and murder.

Home to a large aircraft production hub, this city is known as the Air Capital of the World. Birthplace of Pizza Hut and White Castle, Wichita is the largest city in Kansas. So, if you're going out for a late-night pizza or sliders in this big city, make sure you keep your guard up and your valuables close.

Independence, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 8,497
Rank Last Year: 2 (No Change)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 988 (Third most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,695 (Third most dangerous)
More on Independence:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living

Independence ranks as one of the most dangerous cities and one of the worst places to live in Kansas. Although there were only 84 violent crimes and 399 property crimes, for such a small town, that's some big numbers. Independence's residents have a 1 in 21 chance of being involved in a burglary, car theft, larceny, or arson and a 1 in 101 chance of being a victim of rape, murder, or aggravated assault.

Located in Montgomery County in the Southeast part of Kansas, Independence is home to the Neewollah Festival, where a town of 8,497 becomes a town of 80,000 during Halloween time. Home to Laura Ingalls Wilder of Little House on the Prairie fame this small town is wilder than it should be.

Topeka, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 125,655
Rank Last Year: 4 (Up 1)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 712 (Fourth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,990 (Second most dangerous)
More on Topeka:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Situated along the Kansas River in northeast Kansas, Topeka moved up from last year to be one of the most dangerous places in Kansas for 2021. Topeka also ranks for being one of the most ghetto cities in Kansas and one of the best college towns in Kansas, as well. Residents of Topeka have a 1 in 20 chance of a property crime, particularly larceny and car theft. With 4,404 personal property crimes, make sure you keep your purses, wallets, and cell phones with you at all times, especially in the downtown area.

Situated along the Kansas River in northeast Kansas, Topeka gets its name from a Kansa-Osage word meaning "good place to dig potatoes".

Arkansas City, KS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

Population: 11,718
Rank Last Year: 9 (Up 5)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 554 (Sixth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,703 (Sixth most dangerous)
More on Arkansas City:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Arkansas City is the fourth most dangerous city in Arkansas for 2021, and for a town of 11,718, that's discouraging, particularly on the south side of town. Arkansas City ranks sixth highest in violent crime partly because it had 0 murders this year. Residents are more likely to be a victim of aggravated assault or rape than murder, however.

Arkansas City lies on the peninsula where the Kansas and Walnut Rivers meet and also appears on our cheapest places to live list and the poorest places to live list in Kansas. The residents of "Ark City" need to be aware of their surroundings and keep their wits about them in this town.

Coffeyville, KS

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

Population: 9,260
Rank Last Year: 3 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 647 (Fifth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,509 (Eighth most dangerous)
More on Coffeyville:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Coffeyville is a smaller town with a population of 9,260 people, and Coffeyville's residents have something to be happy about this year. This town also ranks as one of the worst places to live and poorest places to live in Kansas.

Now, the name of this old cowtown may not be familiar to you, but it's famous for bringing down the Dalton Gang in 1892. Coffeyville residents wouldn't stand for their banks being robbed. So, they grabbed their guns and took down every gang member, except for one. Let's hope they can band together again and bring these numbers down further.

Salina, KS

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 46,567

Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 457 (Tenth most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,706 (Fifth most dangerous)
More on Salina:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living

Salina, Kansas, the county seat of Salina County, is located in the world's largest wheat-producing area and is north-central Kansas's regional trade center. For a city of 46,567 people, Salina's violent crime rate is relatively low. Residents have a 1 in 218 chance of being a victim of violent crime. But, property crime is much higher and ranks fifth highest overall. Residents have a 1 in 27 chance of getting their personal property stolen, their houses broken into or a vehicle stolen.

Be sure to keep your wallets, purses, and cell phones where you can see them at all times in this town.

Merriam, KS

Overall SnackAbility

8
/10

Population: 11,197

Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 384 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,322 (Fourth most dangerous)
More on Merriam:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living

The residents of Merriam have something to celebrate this year. Their town has dropped from last year, and that number is mainly due to a drop in this city's violent crime. People who live here still have to keep an eye out for their valuables because they have a 1 in 23 chance of having something stolen like a car, cell phone, purse or wallet.

Located on the Missouri River on the Missouri-Kansas border, Merriam also ranks as one of the best places for singles in Kansas. So, if you're single and you're in the Kansas City metropolitan area, you have a good chance of finding your soulmate, but make sure you keep an eye on your valuables.

Junction City, KS

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Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

Population: 21,921

Rank Last Year: -
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 999 (Second most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 2,527 (15th most dangerous)
More on Junction City:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living

Although Junction City made the most dangerous cities in Kansas lists, its residents can celebrate that their property crime has gone down from last year. But, they are still ranked second highest for violent crime. That means residents have a 1 in 100 chance of being a victim of a major crime, particularly aggravated assault.

Located in Geary County where the Smoky Hill and Republican Rivers meet, Junction City is a wholesale shipping center for wheat and dairy. Near Fort Riley, Junction City was a trading town during the days of George Custer and the Seventh Cavalry.

Iola, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 5,265
Rank Last Year: 7 (Down 2)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 436 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,228 (Tenth most dangerous)
More on Iola:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Although Iola is one of the best places to buy a house in Kansas, it's also one of the poorest cities and one of theworst places to live in Kansas.

For a town of 5,265, you'd think crime would be lower, but residents have a 1 in 31 chance of getting their property stolen and a 1 in 228 chance of being a victim of a violent crime such as rape, murder and aggravated assault. Make sure to keep a close eye on your belongings and to be on the lookout for suspicious characters in this small town.

Augusta, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

Population: 9,334
Rank Last Year: 20 (Up 10)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 310 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 3,524 (Seventh most dangerous)
More on Augusta:  Real Estate | Cost Of Living | Crime Report

Augusta wasn't on this list last year, but with a jump from last year, residents of this small town should make sure to lock their doors. Ranked seventh highest for property crime, residents have 1 in 28 of having their personal items, like wallets, cell phones, and purses stolen. Don't take your eyes off your valuables in Augusta; that may be the last time you see them.

Located where the Walnut and Whitewater Rivers meet, August features the only 18-hole permanently lit glow-in-the-dark municipal disc golf course.

Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Kansas

Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas Graph

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How we determined the most dangerous cities in Kansas for 2021?

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 2019 data, specifically the 2019 Crime In The United States Report. We will update the results when data becomes available in September 2021.

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 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. 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 2021.

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.

Here are the safest cities in Kansas:

  1. Ulysses (Pop. 5,709)
  2. Bel Aire (Pop. 8,252)
  3. Lansing (Pop. 12,051)
  4. Lenexa (Pop. 56,240)
  5. Eudora (Pop. 6,414)
  6. Prairie Village (Pop. 22,508)
  7. Leawood (Pop. 35,052)
  8. Gardner (Pop. 22,229)
  9. Basehor (Pop. 6,418)
  10. Valley Center (Pop. 7,376)

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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 390,080 1,141 5,321
2 Independence 8,497 988 4,695
3 Topeka 125,655 712 4,990
4 Arkansas City 11,718 554 3,703
5 Coffeyville 9,260 647 3,509
6 Salina 46,567 457 3,706
7 Merriam 11,197 384 4,322
8 Junction City 21,921 999 2,527
9 Iola 5,265 436 3,228
10 Augusta 9,334 310 3,524

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10 thoughts on “The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas For 2021

  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.

    1. Matt O’Hara the problem with Parsons it have brief gang infestation got a Police Chief Spinks he has done a lot to help. See it report it has helped a lot. Parsons is still a nice city I work there have a lot of family in Parsons.

  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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