When it comes to dangerous places in Utah, they’re almost completely nonexistent. Even our state’s most troublesome areas are still significantly safer than anywhere else in the country. However,
RoadSnacks and Movoto focused on years of FBI crime data and census populations that were above 5,000 and 10,000 residents to find the most alarming places in our state. So, if you’ve ever wondered statistically which places you might want to avoid once the sun goes down, these 11 locations might be the ones.
1. South Salt Lake
With a population of roughly 24,000 residents, the city of South Salt Lake seems to continuously remain at the top of Utah's lists of most dangerous places. In 2014, residents living in the area were at a 1 in 15 risk of becoming a victim of theft or arson as well as a 1 in 121 chance of becoming a victim of arson, murder or rape. With a crime rate that's been steadily climbing, it's safe to say we'll most likely see this location at the top of another list next year.
2. Salt Lake City
With a population of roughly 190,000 residents, this city's large size contributes to its dangerous statistics. The second most crime ridden location in Utah, the city has had an increase in violent crimes over the past several years. So, what's your chance of becoming a victim of crime in Salt Lake City? 1 in 12 according to Movoto.
Home to 84,000 Utah residents, Ogden was actually named one of the best places to raise a family back in 2010. Even though this city has a significant crime rate, it still manages to have a 67% less crime rate than South Salt Lake. Your chances of becoming a victim of property crime? 1 in 21 as of 2014.
4. West Valley City
Another dangerous location that falls close to the other places on our list is the city of West Valley, Utah's second largest. With over 130,000 residents calling this place home, those who live here have a 1 in 190 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime.
5. Park City
One of the smallest locations to make this list, Park City is only home to just over 7,000 residents. A place well-known for hosting the Sundance Film Festival, this city has had a rapid rise in violent crime rates over the last handful of years. The positive side to all of this? The area's property crime rate has actually significantly dropped by 25%!
Another small city in Utah, Roosevelt's population falls just over 6,000. The city has had quite the increase in crime rates since 2000, the year the area had a 50% increase in its population. Surprised to learn how dangerous this place is? Back in 2014, those living here had the highest risk of becoming a victim of a violent crime out of any other city in our state.
A small but scenic city, Moab had a huge spike in violent crime rates between the years 2011 and 2014 with a 73% rise. The increase in crime left the city's residents with having a 1 in 268 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime. The positive note? The chances that you'll become a victim of theft or arson is practically nonexistent.
While the city of Price only has a population of over 8,000 residents, it's actually the largest city you'll find out in Carbon County. Want to know what your chances were in 2014 of becoming a victim of theft or arson? Just 1 in 21.
9. Brigham City
Go up north in Utah and this city of over 18,000 residents and you'll discover the mildly dangerous location that is Brigham City. Known for being the Gateway to the World's Greatest Wild Bird Refuge, residents here actually have a 1 in 29 chance of becoming a victim of arson or theft.
According to Movoto, the city of Washington is actually has the eighth most violent crimes in all of the Beehive State. But the main statistic that proved for this city to be so dangerous? Its high murder rate.
11. Cedar City
When it comes to crime? It would appear that Cedar City is the place you want to avoid. The city reportedly has some of Utah's highest murder and violent crime rates, leaving some of our nearly 30,000 residents feeling a bit weary.