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1 - Buffalo
To our friends in the Nickel City, we hate to break the news that according to the data, Buffalo is New York's most dangerous city. With a population of over 258,000 residents, Buffalo actually moved up on the list from the previous year's position as being our state's second most dangerous city. With 1,042 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, Buffalo now holds the title of having the highest violent crime rate in all of New York.
2 - Niagara Falls
As much as we love visiting the American Falls, unfortunately according to the latest data the country's oldest state park isn't enough to keep Niagara Falls' residents from getting into trouble. Trading place with Buffalo and moving down one spot from last year, Niagara Falls may no longer be the state's most dangerous city but it's still quite close. With a population of over 48,000 residents, the city of Niagara Falls saw more than 4,068 property crimes per 100,000 residents.
3 - Binghamton
With no change from last year, Binghamton still remains to be New York State's third most dangerous. Down along our Southern Tier with a population of over 44,000 residents, the city of Binghamton held the title for being the second most dangerous in terms of property crimes - with 4,218 crimes per 100,000 residents.
4 - Schenectady
Having one of the most drastic changes in ranks from last year, the city of Schenectady went from being the 11th most dangerous city in New York State to the 4th most dangerous. Yikes! With more than 66,000 residents, if you happen to live here in Schenectady you have a 5% chance of being a victim of property crime. While the city's population is certainly to be taken into consideration, you'll also want to make note that Schenectady's violent crime rate was recorded as being quite high.
5 - Rochester
We love to hang out along the banks of the Genesee River and gaze at the city's mesmerizing architecture, but according to the FBI's most recent data, Rochester is the fifth most dangerous city in all of New York. More than 207,000 residents call Rochester home, and while the city may be sitting relatively high up on New York's list of most dangerous destinations, it actually saw 1,000 less property crimes than the previous year! Let's root on the Flower City as things continue to improve out here in Western New York.
6 - Watertown
Up north where you're not far from the shores of Lake Ontario and some of New York's most scenic regions, the FBI's data hints that the residents of Watertown may be getting a tad too bored in their secluded little city. One of the smallest city you'll find in the Empire State's Top 10, Watertown unfortunately increased in danger from last year when it was ranked as New York's 10th most dangerous city. According to the data, residents of Watertown have a 1 in 145 chance of being a victim of a violent crime.
7 - Albany
With no change in ranking from last year's list, New York State's Capital is considered to be the seventh most dangerous city. Nearly 100,000 residents call Albany home, and while the ranking of the city may have had no change from last year, property and crime rates have continued to decrease here throughout recent years - giving us hope that Albany will fall lower on this list in the future.
8 - Johnson City
Another city that saw a decrease in crime, Johnson City found itself down three spots from last year when it was ranked as New York State's fifth most dangerous city. The smallest city to crack the Top 10, Johnson City saw 4,133 property crimes per 100,000 residents, making it the third most dangerous for property crimes in all of New York. Stay safe Broome County friends!
9 - Utica
Yet another destination that unfortunately rose in the ranks from the previous year, Utica was considered to be New York's sixteenth most dangerous city previously but now holds the title of being our ninth most dangerous city. Utica may only have a population of 60,000 residents, but according to the FBI's most recent data, things are getting worse here. If you look at the information, you'll see that in 2018 our residents of Utica had a 1 in 158 chance of being a victim of crime.
10 - Syracuse
The last city to crack New York's Top 10 list, Syracuse was named the tenth most dangerous city in all of the Empire State for 2020. More than 143,000 residents call Syracuse home and fortunately for them, violent crime in the city has been steadily decreasing and managed to move Syracuse down a spot from it's previous rank of being the ninth most dangerous city. Sadly, the fact that Syracuse has such a large population and saw such a high number of property crimes, the city still managed to make the Top 10 list.