Alaska January 14, 2020
According To FBI Statistics, These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In Alaska For 2020
Alaska is truly the “last frontier.” Our state is filled with legends of outlaws coming here to hide out, and the trend has continued into the new millennium. Using data collected from the FBI’s most recent statistics in 2018, the most dangerous cities in Alaska have been calculated. This data calculates the amount of property and violent crime in cities with more than 2,000 people.
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1. Kotzebue, Alaska
Unfortunately, the small town of Kotzebue takes first place as the most dangerous city in Alaska. Even though the population is small at only 3,273 people, your odds of being the victim of property crime or violence is very high. You have a 1 in 30 chance of becoming the victim of violence, and and a 1 in 23 chance of having someone commit property crime against you.
2. Kenai, Alaska
Kenai ranks as second for most dangerous city overall, but it actually holds the top spot for property crime. As a resident in Kenai, you have a 1 in 14 chance of having someone commit property crime against you. But for violent crime, it's some of the lowest odds on the list. You only have a 1 in 127 chance of someone committing violence against you.
3. Anchorage, Alaska
It's no surprise that Anchorage is on this list, especially as it is the largest city in the state, with what seems like the most amount of negative press. The good thing is that Anchorage has dropped a spot from last year as the No. 2 most violent city. There's sadly a 1 in 76 chance of being a victim of violent crime, and you have a 1 in 20 chance to become a victim of property crime if you live here.
Our capital city of 31,922 people ranks No. 4 on this list. It's actually become safer than last year, and has dropped down a spot. Both violent and property crime has been dropping in recent years. You have a 1 in 20 chance of property crime being committed against you, or 1 in 120 chance of violence performed against you.
5. Wasilla, Alaska
With a population of only 10,522, Wasilla is still the second most dangerous place in Alaska for property crimes. There's a 1 in 16 chance a property owner in Wasilla will experience this. Violent crimes rates at the lowest on the list however, at only 1 in 172 chance of becoming a victim of violence here.
Even though you may think an island would be immune from this list, Kodiak is the sixth most dangerous spot in Alaska. There are just under 6,000 people living here, but there is 1 in 23 risk of property crime. Ranking lower on the list for violent crime, you must still be vigilant at the 1 in 125 odds of becoming a victim to violence.
Unfortunately Fairbanks, with a larger population of 31,365 people, has seen a rise in in violent crime. You now have a to 1 in 163 chance to become a victim in this beautiful city in the interior of Alaska. Property crime seems to have remained static in recent years, holding steady at 1 in 26 chance of property crime being committed.
Even though Ketchikan is one of the most picturesque towns in Alaska, it still ranks on the top ten of this list. The beautiful town of just over 8,000 people has the third most dangerous rank of property crimes, with 4,939 crimes happening per 100,000 people. Its violent crimes are some of the lowest on this list, at 1 in 301 chance of violence perpetrated against you.
9. Dillingham, Alaska
Dillingham has fallen in the ranks to number nine this year. Last year it came in at number six, although at a population of 2,365 people, that's still quite a lot of crime being committed in such a small town. Property crime has a 1 in 54 chance of happening, and you have a 1 in 31 chance of becoming the victim of violence if you live here.
10. Nome, Alaska
Rounding out last place is the gorgeous town of Nome. This city actually takes second place as the most violent town in Alaska, with your chance of becoming a victim to violence at a whopping 1 in 37. Property crime is surprisingly lower, at only 1 in 104 chance of having your place vandalized.
Were you surprised at the towns that were the most dangerous cities of Alaska? Do you live in any of these places? What do you think of the statistics? Let us know in the comments below!
Even though these numbers can be shocking, it’s important to remember that in 2017, Alaska was ranked as the happiest state in America by Gallup-Heathways, and here are
15 Reasons Alaska Is The Happiest State In America!