Louisianans would like to think that the only danger lurking in their state is the defensive line on the New Orleans Saints and running out of gas while hunting alligators in Shreveport; but sadly, that’s not the case.
Unfortunately, there is danger lurking in every corner of the places that made HomeSnacks’ list of the top ten most dangerous cities in the Bayou State for 2020. We’re pretty sure this came as no surprise as Louisiana is the third most dangerous state in the country.
How’d we determine the most dangerous places in Louisiana? We consulted the numbers. In total, we analyzed 55 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.
Let’s be real, we’re not talking about driving five mph over the speed limit kind of danger. The type of danger we’re talking about gets people on Alexandria’s KALB at six. Folks, the cities that made our list have robberies happening in broad daylight, car jackings, and daily shootings. There are neighborhoods in these cities that you shouldn’t drive thru, ever.
To see where these Louisiana cities with more issues than Monroe’s newspaper are located, take a look below.
It’s not entirely Louisiana’s fault. There are close to 4.7 million people inside the Louisiana boot; and in our experience, there’s bound to be problems with that many people.
But, what are the circumstances that make these Louisiana cities this way? Maybe not enough jobs, low wages, drugs, gangs, close to larger cities that push their problems onto surrounding cities; we’re not entirely sure. But one thing we are sure about is our number one most dangerous city in Louisiana is Hammond.
The Louisiana places on our most dangerous list could definitely use some TLC. If you’re looking to be that diamond in the ruff, or you’re just curious to see if your city made the list, take a look at our list below. And if you don’t see your city there, head to the bottom.
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Graphing The Most Dangerous And Safest Places In Louisiana
The 10 Most Dangerous Places To Live In Louisiana For 2020
It seems like the far eastern side of the state of Louisiana is where criminals hang out the most. At least those who prey on smaller towns.
Here in Hammond, you’ve got the best chance statistically to be robbed on any given day. If you’re within Hammond’s city limits for a year’s time, there’s a 1 in 8.5 chance you’ll encounter a criminal who wants to take something from you.
Hammond is right off of I-20. Crime here has ticked downwards over the last few years, but you’re in no way safe here.
Opelousas is the 3rd oldest city in Louisiana, and one that was known as a haven for gambling and prostitution. It seems as if the people there are having a hard time moving away from those sorts of criminal activities, as every year, you have a 1 in 46 chance of being the victim of a rape, attack or outright killed when you’re within the city limits.
Legendary adventurer Jim Bowie grew up here. They need some more of his spunk around here to put the criminals in their place.
Opelousas is just north of Lafayette off of I-49. It’s beginning to sound like it’s pretty scary to travel north-south on this stretch of road. It’s no wonder the population here has plummeted 23% in the last 10 years.
If you live in Alexandria, you already know know to avoid the city’s northeast side. But did you know you have a 1 in 68 chance of being raped, attacked or outright killed every year? Those are the stats. And it’s getting worse there by the year.
Plus, 1 in 11.9 people has their lives screwed up due to a property crime of some sort. Odds are if you’ve lived in Alexandria for a long time, you’ve been robbed at least one time in your life.
Alexandria is smack dab in the middle of Louisiana off of I-49.
Rank Last Year: 7 (Up 3)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,944 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,247 (7th most dangerous)
More on Marksville: Data
Marksville took the 4th spot on our ranking.
While violent crime isn’t so much of an issue (it ranks 2nd out of 55), property crime seems to be pretty prevalent as it ranks 7th overall in that category.
Marksville has a relatively high population density, which might contribute to the above average property crime rate.
Bastrop is another city in the Louisiana panhandle that you’re simply not safe in.
If you’re within Bastrop city limits, you have a 1 in 74 chance of having your life threatened every year. Additionally, you have a 1 in 10.2 chance of being robbed or having something you own vandalized. Scary stuff.
Or, put another way, in the safest city on our list, Addis, residents had a 1 in 693 chance of being robbed. That’s the way it should be.
Crowley’s violent crime rate resembles something more like a big city than the small town that it is.
The crime mentality of the populous gave Crowley a 3rd place finish for violent crime rank and 8th for property crime.
Monroe, in the eastern part of the state, is the largest city to make the top of this list, meaning it has the most criminals per capita prowling the streets of Louisiana. Outright poverty might play into this ranking, as nearly a third of the residents here live below the poverty line.
Or, perhaps it’s due to its location, since it is a major stop heading east-west on I-20.
You’ve got a 1 in 14.7 chance of being robbed here every year. Additionally, Monroe saw 4 murders in 2018.
Rank Last Year: 17 (Up 9)
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 938 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,872 (11th most dangerous)
More on Walker: Data
Walker ranks in the top 8th worst rates of violent and property crime in the state.
Residents of Walker faced a 1 in 106 chance of being the victim of violence, a rate which steadily increased from 2017-2018.
Property crime did drop by a modest amount during this interval though.
West Monroe is the most populous city in Ouachita Parish.
West Monroe experienced a massive rise in violent crime between 2017-2018.
Property crime statistics, meanwhile, remained stagnant, with residents facing a 1 in 12.5 chance of being the victim of theft or arson each year — the 4th highest rate in the state.
Leesville, with a population of 5,999 ranks as the 10th most dangerous city based on 2018 data.
Between 2017-2018, violent crime fell, leaving residents a 1 in 98 chance of being the victim of violence in 2018.
Property crime also dropped during these years, meaning Leesville may be off this list in another year if the trend keeps up.
How Is Your Town In ?
How we determined the most dangerous cities in Louisiana 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 cities over 5,000 in population. That left us with 55 cities in Louisiana.
We then ranked each city from 1 to 55 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 Louisiana — Hammond. 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 Louisiana.
Locking It All Up In Louisiana
The latest FBI crime data shows that Hammond ranks as the most dangerous city in Louisiana for 2020.
We want to point out again that there’s still safes places in Hammond 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 Louisiana:
- Harahan (Pop. 9,424)
- Youngsville (Pop. 14,370)
- Addis (Pop. 5,505)
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