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While it may be small in terms of population (5,293), this Denver suburb has an alarmingly high crime rate, with 46 violent crimes - 8 rapes, 6 robberies, and 32 aggravated assaults - reported in 2018 alone. As if that wasn't alarming enough, Glendale also had a whopping 838 property crimes, which consisted of 33 burglaries, 742 larceny thefts, and 63 motor vehicle thefts.
Located just southwest of Denver, Sheridan is another small but dangerous Colorado town, thanks to 52 violent crimes (7 rapes, 11 robberies, and 34 aggravated assaults) amidst 5,293 residents. In addition to violent crimes, the FBI also reports 543 property crimes, made up of 47 burglaries, 424 larceny thefts, and 72 motor vehicle thefts.
The second-largest city on our list of the 10 most dangerous cities is Pueblo, which is home to not only 111,756 residents, but 1,110 violent crimes (9 murders, 185 rapes, 220 robberies, and 696 aggravated assaults). Sadly, the numbers get worse, as Pueblo is also said to have experienced 6,231 property crimes (1,224 burglaries, 3,947 larceny thefts, 1,060 motor vehicle thefts, AND 76 cases of arson).
Located in southern Colorado, Alamosa is home to nearly 10,000 residents and - sadly - 56 violent crimes (12 rapes, 9 robberies, and 35 aggravated assaults). Like all the other towns, Alamosa has also seen its fair share of property crimes, including 79 burglaries, 450 larceny thefts, 23 motor vehicle thefts, and 5 cases of arson.
5. Federal Heights
Is it just me or can none of Denver's suburbs catch a break?! Coming in at number 5, Federal Heights has a population of 12,929, 86 of whom experienced violent crimes in the form of 2 murders, 9 rapes, 12 robberies, and 63 aggravated assaults. It wasn't just violent crimes, however, as Federal Heights also encountered 554 property crimes (65 burglaries, 373 larceny thefts, 116 motor vehicle thefts, and 3 cases of arson).
6. Greenwood Village
Noted for being an up-and-coming area of 15,989, Greenwood Village was riddled with crime in 2018, beginning with 94 violent crimes (9 rapes, 7 robberies, and 78 aggravated assaults) and ending with 728 property crimes (85 burglaries, 581 larceny thefts, 62 motor vehicle thefts, and 3 cases of arson).
7. Canon City
Famous for such attractions as the world-famous Royal Gorge, Canon City (population 16,557) is also home to an alarmingly high rate of both violent and property crimes. According to the FBI's statistics, Canon City experienced more than 94 violent crimes (20 rapes, 7 robberies, and 67 aggravated assaults) in 2018, as well as 757 property crimes (96 burglaries, 623 larceny thefts, 38 motor vehicle thefts, and 4 cases of arson).
Seeing as though so many suburbs made the list, it should come as no surprise that our capital city is having its fair share of trouble, too. Home to 720,745 residents, Denver saw a jaw-dropping rate of violent crime in 2018, with 65 murders, 717 rapes, 1,211 robberies, and 3,269 aggravated assaults, which totaled 5,262 incidents. While these numbers seem shocking enough, the property crime tallies are even higher, with 26,464 different cases including 3,982 burglaries, 17,207 larceny thefts, 5,275 motor vehicle thefts, and 116 cases of arson.
9. La Junta
Home to 6,867 residents, La Junta appears to be your regular All-American small town, but even charming communities have their share of trouble. In the case of La Junta, the problem comes in the form of 34 violent crimes (12 rapes, 1 robbery, and 21 aggravated assaults) and 328 property crimes (83 burglaries, 227 larceny thefts, 18 motor vehicle thefts, and 1 case of arson).
Last on the FBI's Crime in the United States report is Trinidad, which sits on the Colorado/New Mexico border with its 7,947 residents. While it comes in at the end of the list, Trinidad has still seen a staggering amount of crime, including 5 rapes, 5 robberies, 33 aggravated assaults, 73 burglaries, 247 larceny thefts, 20 motor vehicle thefts, and 3 cases of arson.