I'm immediately gonna question the validity of this claim. Some new data I've come across says that a tiny Missouri town is way more dangerous than both Kansas City and Springfield. Let's explore if that's even possible.

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Let me just start by saying this is raw data and not someone's opinion. That's important to keep in mind as I am always suspicious of the internet claiming something by someone who has never set foot in any of our Missouri places.

This is a pure crime index made available by USA.com. It's nothing more than a database with this methodology exactly as stated by them (so I don't misrepresent their results):

The crime index value is calculated based on the data using USA.com algorithms. It is an indicator of the crime level in a region. Higher crime index value means more crime.

With all the numbers crunched, which small Missouri town has a higher crime index than both Kansas City and Springfield?


The data says little ole Branson has a crime index of 5,721 while Kansas City's is only 4,152 and gangster city Springfield is a mere 4,085.

I know that I have given my friends (and they are that) in Branson a hard time, but I love that part of Missouri and I think I can debunk this result a little bit. There are different kinds of crime some of which are way worse than others. It's true that property crime in Branson is terrible. But (and this is a big BUT), their violent crime rates aren't nearly as bad as the metros including St. Louis, KC and Springfield.

I think that's my biggest problem with using a raw crime index to determine how "dangerous" a Missouri place is. I'd prefer to call a town like Branson home (except for dealing with their congested traffic) over a big city like St. Louis, Kansas City or Springfield. 

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