The Most Dangerous City In Each State For 2023

We used Saturday Night Science to determine the most dangerous city in each state for 2023.

Safest City In Each State Map

Plain and simple, there are some cities in the country that are more dangerous than others. The problem is, you need to actually look at the crime data to know which is which.

And that’s where this report comes in.

Using Saturday Night Science, we’re taking a look at the most dangerous city in each sate. These are some of the most dangerous places to live in each state where crime remains stubbornly high.

The job of deciding the most dangerous of the dangerous U.S. cities for 2023 had to be left to the numbers.

Want to know the most dangerous of the dangerous city in your state, take a look below to see where you can might need to sleep with one eye open at night.

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Table Of Contents: Table | Methodology | Summary

Most Dangerous City In Each State For 2023

State Dangerous City Rank
Alabama Bessemer 4
Alaska Fairbanks 32
Arizona Tempe 38
Arkansas Little Rock 13
California Commerce 7
Colorado Pueblo 9
Connecticut New Haven 45
Delaware Dover 30
Florida Florida City 12
Georgia College Park 8
Idaho Garden City 48
Illinois Danville 17
Indiana South Bend 28
Iowa Clinton 36
Kansas Merriam 31
Kentucky Shively 46
Louisiana Monroe 3
Maine Augusta 44
Maryland Cambridge 29
Massachusetts Holyoke 35
Michigan Detroit 20
Minnesota Minneapolis 18
Mississippi Cleveland 21
Missouri St. Louis 9
Montana Billings 26
Nebraska Omaha 43
Nevada Reno 47
New Hampshire Manchester 49
New Jersey Atlantic City 6
New Mexico Gallup 19
New York Albany 34
North Carolina Lumberton 1
North Dakota Fargo 37
Ohio Canton 15
Oklahoma Tulsa 27
Oregon Ontario 22
Pennsylvania Philadelphia 25
Rhode Island Providence 50
South Carolina Orangeburg 11
South Dakota Rapid City 40
Tennessee Memphis 2
Texas Humble 14
Utah South Salt Lake 16
Vermont Brattleboro 41
Virginia Portsmouth 24
Washington Fife 4
West Virginia Beckley 23
Wisconsin Milwaukee 33
Wyoming Riverton 42

How We Determined The Most Dangerous Citiy In Each State

The FBI releases detailed breakdowns of where crimes occurred across America. We used the most recent available data to perform the analysis for this study. Specifically, we used the Crime In The US Report.

The report has data on 9869 cities and towns across America. However, we only wanted to consider places with at least 10,000 people, you know, cities.

That left us with a set of 3544 cities in America to rank using the following criteria:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We ranked all the cities from 1 to 3544 for both of the criteria with the most dangerous cities being ranked 1. We then took the average of the two rankings to create a danger score.

Finally, we took the city in each state with the highest danger score to create the map.

It’s important to note that this methodology does not determine the most dangerous cities in America. Although, you’ll typically find these cities amongst the most dangerous.

Summary: Wrapping It Up In A Giant Safety Blanket

There you have it — the most dangerous of the dangerous cities in America. These are the places where crime is high and people don’t sleep safe and sound.

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Dangerous Each Places By State

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.

If you've been looking for a place to live in the past several years, you've probably stumbled upon his writing already.

You can find out more about him on LinkedIn or his website.