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10 Most Dangerous Cities in Kentucky

What are the most dangerous cities in Kentucky? To get the lowdown on the cities in Kentucky that are the most dangerous with the highest crime rates, we consulted the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report. Our rankings are based solely on the data publicly released each year by the FBI. A crime is a crime, so we took both violent and property crimes into account when compiling our list of Kentucky’s most dangerous cities. Our list of dangerous cities, however, are ranked according to violent crime rate.*

We realize that this topic is inherently controversial in nature and hits close to home. We are aware that there are many different ways to present this data, but when compiling this list we chose to consider not just murder rate, but both violent and property crimes. Our list is ranked by violent crime rate, but check each city listing to get a general idea of the city’s ranking in terms of overall criminal offenses. Only cities with populations over 5,000 were considered. Cities with overall crime rates below 45 were also excluded.

1. Louisville, KY: Kentucky’s Most Dangerous City

Population: 666,200
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 5.99 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 42.94 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 48.93 per 1,000 residents

Louisville has a crime rate of about 49 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Louisville? One in 19.

Louisville’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #6

These statistics make Louisville the most dangerous city in Kentucky.

2. Georgetown, KY

Population: 29,765
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 5.75 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 36.59 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 42.33 per 1,000 residents

Georgetown has a crime rate of about 42 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Georgetown? One in 24.

Georgetown’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #10

3. Newport, KY

Population: 15,412
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 5.52 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 82.08 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 87.59 per 1,000 residents

Newport has a crime rate of about 88 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Newport? One in 11.

Newport’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #1

4. Shively, KY

Population: 15,422
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 5.45 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 42.67 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 48.11 per 1,000 residents

Shively has a crime rate of about 48 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Shively? One in 21.

Shively’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #8

5. Frankfort, KY

Population: 25,648
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 5.15 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 49.40 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 54.55 per 1,000 residents

Frankfort has a crime rate of about 55 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Frankfort? One in 17.

Frankfort’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #4

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