Is Jacksonville the Most Dangerous City in Florida?

Crime Rate of Jacksonville

At the turn of the millennium, Jacksonville's Duval county held the title of "murder capital" of Florida and did so for 11 years. Since then, crime has gone down, and Jacksonville is no longer the top offender in the state. Still, it is not very safe.

With a crime rate of 44 per 1,000 residents, the state's largest city has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to communities of all sizes—from the smallest towns to the very largest cities.

Your chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime here is one in 23. Within Florida, more than 82 percent of the communities have a lower crime rate than Jacksonville.

Crime Rate in Jacksonville

The good news is when you compare Jacksonville to other cities that are the same size, the crime rate normalizes and it hovers near the average for all other communities of similar size. However, Jacksonville is above both the Florida average and U.S. average for crime.

Your risk of violent crime and property crime is very high when stacked nationally or against the rest of the state.  

For Jacksonville, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Jacksonville is one in 152. 

In Jacksonville, your chance of becoming a victim of a property crime is one in 27, which is a rate of 37 per one thousand population. Property crimes range from burglary, larceny over $50, motor vehicle theft, and arson. Your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Jacksonville is one in 367.

While Jacksonville is not technically the most dangerous city in Florida, it is among the most dangerous with one of the higher murder rates in the nation. Much of this has to do with its sheer size. Large cities generally tend to be more crime-ridden than smaller ones, and Jacksonville is the largest city in Florida by both population and land area. 

Most Dangerous City in Florida

According to FBI data, the most dangerous city in Florida is Florida City, which is just south of Homestead in Southern Florida. It is the last city you pass before entering the Florida Keys. Residents in Florida City have a 1 in 11 chance of having something they own stolen or vandalized. The risk of violent crime is only slightly just better. You have a 1 in 31 chance, statistically, of being the victim of a violent crime. Odds are if you have not had your life threatened, then a neighbor probably has. 

Other cities that make the list according to the latest data include (in order, starting with the more dangerous): Cocoa, Lake City, Miami Beach, Daytona Beach, Opa Locka, Panama City Beach, Lake Park, Lake Worth, and Orlando.