While I love living in New York, there are some dangerous and violent areas across the state. Taking a look at statistics provided by the state's Division of Criminal Justice Services, these are the counties with the most violent and property crimes. The stats provided by the state are for the county, but I've also included the major city in each of the counties since they tend to be more identifiable. This list is not meant to scare, just to make New Yorkers and visitors aware. Many people automatically think New York City is the most dangerous and violent in the state. While that is partially true, as you'll see below, there are quite a few other "unsuspecting" cities joining it on the list.

When it comes to violent crimes, based on the numbers reported in 2020, here are the top 10 counties (including major cities) in New York:

The overall crime rate of a county is calculated by dividing the total number of Index crimes submitted by police agencies in each county by the county’s population and multiplying the result by 100,000. The U.S. Census Bureau is the source of county population data. ~ New York Division of Criminal Justice Services

Some of the cities on the list might surprise you.  Check out the stats below.

10 Most Dangerous and Violent Cities in New York State

* Raw data provided by Division of Criminal Justice Services, analysis by Yasmin Young

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