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.

The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Kansas For 2020

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

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.

For more Kansas reading, check out:

The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Kansas For 2020

Wichita, KS

Source: Public domain

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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.

Independence, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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, a smaller town with almost 8,629 residents, is, according to the FBI, a very dangerous place.

There were more than 62 violent crimes here in 2018, meaning that 1 in 139 residents was the victim of a serious attack. Crime seems to be ticking up here as well, as violent crimes have gone up 10% since 2017.

Coffeyville, KS

Overall SnackAbility

3
/10

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.

Topeka, KS

Overall SnackAbility

6
/10

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.

Parsons, KS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

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

Parsons’s motto might tout that the city is “a great place to live,” but its status as the 5th most dangerous city in Kansas might stain that saying a bit.

Parsons residents have a 1 in 28.0 chance of being the victim of a property crime every year.

Violent crime has also gone up nearly 30% between 2017-2018, with a higher than 1 in 106 chance of being the victim of violence.

Great Bend, KS

Overall SnackAbility

5
/10

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

Great Bend is the 4th most violent city, with residents facing a 1 in 136 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.

Progress has been made in recent years, however, reflected by a 12% drop in violent crime, and an 11% drop in property crime between 2017-2018.

Iola, KS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

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

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

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 residents faced a 1 in 105 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018 and a 1 in 32.2 chance of being the victim of a property crime — both statistics that have barely changed in recent years.

It’s the 2nd most violent city.

Arkansas City, KS

Overall SnackAbility

4
/10

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

Overall SnackAbility

7
/10

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 placed 10th in our ranking of the most dangerous cities in the Sunflower State.

This city’s violence now stands at a 1 in 143 chance of being the victim of a violent crime. That compares to a 1 in 33.6 chance of being the victim of property crime. That’s pretty bad for a city of about 18,830 people.

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 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)

For more Kansas reading, check out:

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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About Chris Kolmar

Chris Kolmar has been in the real estate business for almost ten years now. He originally worked for Movoto Real Estate as the director of marketing before founding HomeSnacks.

He believes the key to finding the right place to live comes down to looking at the data, reading about things to do, and, most importantly, checking it out yourself before you move.

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10 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.

    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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