We’ve talked extensively about all the amazing neighborhoods, restaurants, parks, and activities that this city has to offer. However, no city is perfect and, unfortunately, Indy has a lot of dangerous areas you may want to avoid, especially after dark. Here are seven areas to avoid in Indianapolis if you can…

It’s sad that there are so many areas to avoid in Indianapolis, but here’s the good news: there are some truly lovely places to be in our town, too! So try your best to stay away from these neighborhoods and enjoy some of the great ones that are hailed as the safest and most peaceful places to live in Indianapolis instead.

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What are the most dangerous cities in Indiana?

Sadly, Indianapolis ranks at the top of the list of most dangerous cities in Indiana. Our state capitol is home to 850,000 residents, and there are definitely some pockets of the city that are quite dangerous. About 18 people are killed per year per 100,000 residents and the violent crime rate is more than three times the national average. In addition to Indianapolis, some of the most dangerous cities in Indiana include:

  • Gary. While Indianapolis is considered the most dangerous city in the state, Gary is not that far behind. The residents of Gary claim that most people only think Chicago is dangerous. But take a 20-minute drive from Chicago to Gary, Indiana and you can see what dangerous really looks like. In recent years, this town of 77,000 has seen twice as many car robberies, burglaries, and violent crimes than the state average. When it comes to murder, the city averages about 63 per 100,000 people per year, and there are about 250 robberies per 100,000 people per year, which is more than two times the state and national average. It's considered by many to be the worst city in Indiana.
  • Clarksville. Believe it or not, your chances of being the victim of a crime are more likely in Clarksville than in any other city in the state of Indiana. Statistically, 78 out of every 1,000 residents will commit a crime this year. The reason it's not higher on the list is due to its smaller population.
  • Washington. This city does not have a very big population, but it is littered with property crimes. Even though the city sports fewer people than some of the entries on our list, your property is still in danger if you live here. Read more about Washington, Indiana, in this article.
  • South Bend. The fourth-largest city in Indiana, the crime rates across the board here are about twice the state average. Robberies are exceptionally high with 338 taking place per year per 100,000 people. Property crime rates are also high with more than 5,000 taking place per year per 100,000 people. Add it all up, and South Bend ranks at the top of the list of most dangerous places in Indiana.