Colorado is known for its rich history, breathtaking landscapes, and plenty of outdoor activities. However, the state’s allure extends beyond the usual tourist sites.
According to SouthWest Journal, Tourists, for example, can enjoy the pleasures of the world’s largest hot springs swimming pool or visit the Great Sand Dunes National Park in the San Luis Valley, which is home to the tallest sand dune in the United States.
Colorado’s population has increased in recent years as a result of these enticing attributes, and it is expected to reach 5.8 million by 2022.
Regrettably, this expansion has also resulted in an increase in criminal activity.
For example, in 2022, there was a 13.6% increase in automotive theft, putting the state at the top of the list.
Furthermore, Colorado ranks second in the nation in terms of property-related offenses.
Check the most dangerous cities in Colorado.
According to the article from HouseGrail, these are the most dangerous Cities in Colorado.
1. La Junta, CO
Both crime rates in La Junta are alarmingly high when compared to the national average. Thankfully, the number of homicides has not grown in the last five years, and property crime has decreased. On the other hand, violent crime has nearly doubled in the last five years. Its overall crime rate of 521 places it in the top 10% of America’s most dangerous cities.
2. Sheridan, CO
Sheridan’s violent crime rate is higher than the national average, while property crime is nearly three times higher. It may not appear to be as harmful as others on the list. This is primarily owing to a 30% fall in crime rates from the last City-Data report. It has been steadily declining over the last five years, which is encouraging.
3. Canon City, CO
Canon City, like the cities before it on the list, has extremely high violent and property crime rates in comparison to the national average; property crime is even higher. Another source of concern is the amount of killings. Three murders may not appear to be a huge number in compared to a major metropolis, but for a city of its size, this equates to 17.9 per capita, which is three times the national average of 5.8 (CDC).
4. Alamosa, CO
Property crime in Alamosa has reduced in recent years. Sadly, the same cannot be said for violent crime. Over the last few years, violent crime has climbed by more than 100 points; this is a significant increase in crime per capita, especially for a small town like Alamosa.
5. Glendale, CO
A crime occurs every 50 hours on average in Glendale, according to statistics acquired by a crime grading agency (Crime Grade). When you consider that the property crime rate is about 10 times the national average and the violent crime rate is more than double, this data makes sense. It’s no surprise that despite its small size, this town is at the top of the list.