According to the FBI Uniform Crime Report, Arizona is the 15th most dangerous state in the country. While we’re happy that we’re not ranked in the top 10, the statistics are still somewhat sobering. Let’s take a look at the most dangerous places in the state—spots you probably don’t want to hang out in after dark.
Although Tucson has a vibrant music scene, and is a great place for nightlife, according to FBI statistics, it has the highest crime rate in the state. In 2012, there were 42 murders in Tucson, and 3,851 violent crimes total (which includes murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault).
Arizona's largest city comes in second on the list of most dangerous places to be at night. The population in 2012 was 1,485,509. During that year, 123 murders occurred and 9,458 violent crimes were reported.
Though it has just under 96,000 residents, the per-capita crime rate of Yuma puts in in the third-place slot. Yuma had 508 violent crimes and 955 burglaries.
The college town of Tempe falls in fourth place as the most dangerous town in which to hang out at night. In 2012, there were 7,824 property crimes and 878 violent crimes.
As the sun starts to set in Glendale, you'll enjoy a truly gorgeous setting, but you'll also want to secure your belongings. Though the population is just 232, 997 people, in 2012 14,934 property crimes were reported here.
6. Casa Grande
The town of Casa Grande (population 50,132) had just three murders in 2012, but there were 158 aggravated assaults and 2,857 property crimes reported that year.
Prescott just has 40,420 people living in it, but with 168 violent crimes reported, that works out to be 415.64 crimes per 100,000 people (a pretty high rate of violence.)
Mesa had 1,804 violent crimes in 2012, and 14,140 property crimes. Though its streets are usually safe, it's smart to take precautions.
Flagstaff hosts some wonderful evening gallery walks, and is not a place you'd usually feel unsafe after dark. In fact, it didn't have a single murder in 2012. However, 28 rapes and 189 aggravated assaults were reported that year.
10. Apache Junction
Just 36,986 people live in Apache Junction, but in 2012 were 13 rapes and 95 aggravated assaults reported. In addition, 1,025 property crimes occurred.
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