Despite being one of the most popular places in the world for tourism and cultural experiences, New York is also home to some of the most dangerous cities in America. Although crimes have been declining throughout New York, it is still one of the most challenging places for law enforcement agencies that can't keep up with the crime rates. While a trip to New York can expose you to some of the richest cultural experience today, you might also want to consider whether or not to go these 5 cities, which are considered the most dangerous cities in the state:
1. Niagara Falls
Crime is not the first thing that comes to mind when talking about Niagara Falls, but according to annual FBI reports, the home of one of mother nature's most amazing sights is the most dangerous city in New York. The population in the city is nearing 50,000 residents, and property crimes in it are at an all time high with 4,934 property crimes per every 100k residents. Along with 1,160 violent crimes per every 100k residents, Niagara Falls has the unfortunate title of New York's most dangerous city.
Buffalo was the second most dangerous city in New York in 2017, and it holds that title in 2017 as well. The city, which is famous for its chicken wings, has a population of 257,446 residents and a crime rate of 1,109 violent crimes per every 100k residents and 4,116 property crimes per every 100k residents.
Binghamton may have a relatively low rate of violent crimes but it also has one of the highest property crime rates in all of New York. In 2016, there were 1844 property crimes per every 100,000k residents in Binghamton, and in 2018 that figure rose to 4,027 property crimes per 100k residents. despite the relatively low 771 violent crimes in the city, Binghamton remains one of the most dangerous cities in New York when you look at the overall crime rate.
4. Herkimer Village
Despite only having 7,748 residents, Herkimer Village is the most populous city in Fulton County. The small town had its violent crimes rates sky rocket between 2014-2016, yet there was no change in the property crime rate. As of 2018, the number of property crimes in Herkimer Village is 4,426 per every 100k residents, and the rate of violent crimes in the city is 722 per every 100k per every 100k residents.
Rochester actually had a decrease of property crimes by 1,000 in 2018 compared to 2017, but it still remains at a high number 5 as one of the most dangerous cities in New York. The violent crime rate in Rochester is 880 per every 100k residents, and when paired up with 3,726 property crimes per every 100k residents, the city rounds up the top 5 most dangerous cities in New York.
New York is one of the most fascinating states in the USA, but it is also one of the most dangerous ones. The top 5 cities listed above are unfortunately notorious for their crimes rather than the cultural experiences they provide, but things will hopefully change in the next few years.