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15 Most Dangerous Cities in New York

What are the most dangerous cities in New York? To find out what cities in New York 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. Both violent and property crimes into account when compiling our list of New York’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.

1. Newburgh, NY: New York’s Most Dangerous City

Population: 22,183
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 18.64 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 41.70 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 60.34 per 1,000 residents

Newburgh has a crime rate of about 60 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Newburgh? One in 17

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

These statistics make Newburgh the most dangerous city in New York.

2. Buffalo, NY

Population: 262,434
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 12.89 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 51.27 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 64.15 per 1,000 residents

Buffalo has a crime rate of about 64 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Buffalo? One in 15.

Buffalo’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #3

3. Niagara Falls, NY

Population: 50,356
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 12.29 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 58.84 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 71.13 per 1,000 residents

Niagara Falls has a crime rate of about 71 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Niagara Falls? One in 14.

Niagara Falls’ ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #2

4. Poughkeepsie, NY

Population:32,967
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 10.37 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 29.91 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 40.26 per 1,000 residents

Poughkeepsie has a crime rate of about 40 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Poughkeepsie? One in 25.

Poughkeepsie’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #39

5. Rochester, NY

Population: 211,993
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 9.76 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 53.22 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 62.98 per 1,000 residents

Rochester has a crime rate of about 63 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Rochester? One in 16.

Rochester ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #4

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