The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Sacramento: 2021’s Ultimate List


The Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in Sacramento

When it comes to crime, California has a reputation that tends to precede it. We’ve all heard about the high crime rates in places like Compton, Oakland, and even Los Angeles. But when it comes to Sacramento? This city never quite has the sordid crime reputation that other cities in California tend to have.

Sacramento might be overshadowed by the pop culture references to other cities, but that doesn’t mean people don’t have reason to be concerned here. If you ask almost any local, Sacramento has the potential to be a beautiful tourist city or the city of your worst nightmares. What you get from it is all based on where you choose to go.

If you’re thinking about taking a quick trip to Sacramento, it’s good to know which neighborhoods to avoid. That’s why we’ve worked to find out what the most dangerous neighborhoods are, straight from the statistics themselves.

Is Sacramento Dangerous?

Though Sacramento isn’t exactly famous for having a high crime rate, there are still areas within the city’s limits that are clearly dangerous. In fact, Sacramento is one of the few cities in America that has seen an increase in crime over the past couple of years. While tourist areas are considered to be safe, the overall city itself has been gaining a serious reputation for being troublesome.

A lot of your success with the city will depend on choosing to stick to touristy sections of the city, and knowing which areas to avoid. However, that alone might not be enough to keep you safe. Sacramento is regularly cited as one of the most dangerous cities in California by locals and law enforcement.

If you choose to go here, make sure that you stay aware of your surroundings. Do not go in areas that are prone to high crime rates, and if you have to go there, make sure to carry pepper spray with you. If you choose to move to Sacramento, we strongly suggest setting aside cash for a home alarm kit. After all, property crimes here are common enough to warrant it.

The Worst Neighborhoods In Sacramento

There are so many ways to define a bad neighborhood, aren’t there? While we could look at unemployment numbers or poverty numbers, we’re going to take a look at the crime rate to define what makes a neighborhood truly dangerous. To ensure we get real “danger” in, we’re going to advance neighborhoods with a higher rate of violent crime.

10. Wills Acres

Wills Acres

  • Violent Crime: 1,687
  • Property Crime: 6,878

Wills Acres sounds like such a peaceful name, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, this neighborhood is anything but peaceful. Right off the top of the bat, this neighborhood has a shockingly high violent crime rate. To put things in perspective, Wills Acres has a higher violent crime rate than Hartford, Connecticut—the most dangerous city in Connecticut.

With an overall crime rate that’s 232 percent above the national average and a violent crime rate that’s 343 percent above the norm, it’s understandable why many locals don’t want to walk alone at night. Considering that the schools often struggle with gang violence and juvenile delinquency, this is one neighborhood that’s not on the up-and-up.

9. Johnson Heights

Johnson Heights

  • Violent Crime: 1,726
  • Property Crime: 2,815

With a crime rate that’s 163 percent higher than the rest of Sacramento, Johnson Heights is one of those neighborhoods that has more stigma than it knows what to do with. Sadly, that stigma is rightfully earned. Terrible schools, an unemployment rate of 7.6 percent prior to COVID-19’s crisis, and an exceptionally low household income of $33,750 are what make people desperate here.

The desperation seems to eke into daily life here, with gang activity and robberies being a fairly commonplace thing here. According to the most recent crime stats, you would have a 1 in 23 chance of being a victim of crime in the vicinity. Needless to say, some home insurers raise rates on people here, simply due to the crime alone.

8. South Hagginwood

South Hagginwood

  • Violent Crime: 1,837
  • Property Crime: 7,054

Don’t be fooled by the down-home name. South Hagginwood is a rough area. Even when compared to other parts of Sacramento, South Hagginwood has a 180 percent higher crime rate than the surrounding areas. When you look at the national crime averages, this neighborhood has a shockingly high violent crime rate that’s 384 percent higher than the national average.

Unsurprisingly, locals are pretty fed up with the crime rates and have been begging police to take their calls more seriously. Most people in this neighborhood do not want to walk around at night. If you find yourself in the area, we strongly suggest that you travel in groups and keep an eye on your surroundings.

7. Upper Land Park

Upper Land Park

  • Violent Crime: 1,840
  • Property Crime: 3,840

Upper Land Park is a neighborhood that is plagued by a wide range of issues, most of them related to crime. Gang activity from major sets like the Bloods and Crips is commonplace here, which is why violent crime is through the roof. High unemployment rates and high poverty rates could be the main reason as to why property crime is so darned high too.

Like with South Hagginwood, the violent crime rate here tops 384 percent of the national average. Much of this is due to both gang activity and drug use. You have a 1 in 18 chance of being a crime victim here, so we don’t suggest hanging out here at night.

6. Gardenland

Gardenland

  • Violent Crime: 1,966
  • Property Crime: 8,093

If the statistics on this town are already sending a chill down your spine, hang onto your boots. Gardenland is only number six on this list, and it has four times the national average for violent crimes. According to the most recent crime statistics by the FBI, Gardenland locals have a 1 in 10 chance of being a crime victim just by being in the area. 

The property crimes in this area run the gamut from vehicle theft, to vandalism, to grand larceny, to things along the line of serial shoplifting. People who value their possessions are advised to get a home security system that’s highly adept, lest they find their car driving away without them.

5. Midtown

Midtown

  • Violent Crime: 2,058
  • Property Crime: 8,681

Nestled right in the heart of Sacramento, Midtown is one of the most well-known tourist spots in the city. While many people tend to associate this area with upscale dining, craft breweries, and gay bars, locals know that it’s not as pristine as it may appear to be. Truth be told, Midtown is absolutely wild with crime.

This section of Sacramento has a violent crime rate that’s 441 percent higher than the national average. Gang activity, rampant homelessness, drug addiction, and a somewhat sluggish police force are what many people blame. However, a large portion of it could also be ascribed to the high poverty rates that plague the region.

4. Del Paso Park

Del Paso Park

  • Violent Crime: 2,106
  • Property Crime: 8,486

Del Paso Park made it to number four on our list because the crime rate here is 221 percent higher than in a typical neighborhood near Sacramento. And really, that statistic actually makes it look better than the raw data would. Violent crime in this neighborhood is 4.5 times the national average, and property crimes are almost twice as high.

Locals who have the misfortune of living in Del Paso Park often learn that they need to be wary of others the hard way. A recent study revealed that a typical Del Paso Park local has a 1 in 12 chance of being a victim of crime. The chance of being a violent crime victim is 1 in 48, well above what anyone should be willing to tolerate.

Gang activity in Del Paso Park is a serious issue. So are brawls that occur in nightlife venues nearby. If you choose to try to visit this area, make sure not to get on anyone’s nerves.

3. Point West

Point West

  • Violent Crime: 3,391
  • Property Crime: 9,331

When it comes to the most dangerous neighborhoods in Sacramento, most locals already know better than to try to go to Point West. Due to the violent crime rate being almost eight times the national average, many people are terrified of going here at night. Robberies, assaults, shootings, and rapes are reported on an alarmingly-regular basis.

The fact is, you have a 1 in 30 chance of being a victim of a violent crime in this neighborhood. Those odds are not good, even if you’re accustomed to being in dangerous areas. Overall, a typical local will have a 1 in 8 chance of being a crime victim. Considering that addiction, homelessness, gang activity, and almost every other major crime contributor is here, it’s a bad idea to be here.

Should you find yourself in Point West, lock your doors and carry pepper spray. Random attacks have been reported in the area, and it’s better to be safe than sorry.

2. Natomas Corporate Center

Natomas Corporate Center

  • Violent Crime: 3,860
  • Property Crime: 10,492

Wait, a corporation?! Being the center of criminal activity?! It’s true, and the Natomas Corporate Center also happens to be a residential portion of Sacramento’s layout. (Trippy, right?) In many ways, the Natomas Corporate Center is a very odd juxtaposition when it comes to its high crime rate and excellent school systems.

Though the schools are good, there’s a lot of cultural problems in this area that lead to huge failures in public safety. As a result, many people who live near this area wouldn’t dare go there during the daytime, let alone the night. If you choose to risk going out in this area, we strongly suggest getting some mace.

If you try to move here? Well, good luck. You will need it. Violent crime is 914 percent above the national average, which means that this has roughly the same amount of violence as parts of Mexico affected by the cartel wars.

1. Parker Homes

Parker Homes

  • Violent Crime: 4,744
  • Property Crime: 1,934

You might be wondering how much worse it can get, considering the overall high ratings of danger in and around Sacramento. You’re not alone in this. But, according to the most recent statistics provided by Areavibes, the most dangerous neighborhood in Sacramento is Parker Homes.

This small housing complex has a jaw-dropping violent crime rate that’s 1,146 percent above the national average. Even if you’re in the rougher parts of Compton, you won’t find a neighborhood that has similar ratings. To put things in perspective, you have a 1 in 22 chance of being a violent crime victim here.

Crime Rates In Sacramento Neighborhoods For 2020

Number Name Violent Crime Property Crime
10 Wills Acres 1,687 6,878
9 Johnson Heights 1,726 2,816
8 South Hagginwood 1,837 7,054
7 Upper Land Park 1,840 3,840
6 Gardenland 1,966 8,093
5 Midtown 2,058 8,681
4 Del Paso Park 2,106 8,486
3 Point West 3,391 9,931
2 Natomas Corporate Center 3,860 10,492
1 Parker Homes 4,744 1,934

Related Questions

What are the safest neighborhoods in Sacramento?

The safest neighborhoods in Sacramento include Willow Creek, Hollywood Park, and Tahoe Park. Areas of College/Glen are also noted for being remarkably low-crime despite the city itself having problems with high crime rates. Generally speaking, most tourist-filled areas of Sacramento will be alright.

What are winters like in Sacramento?

While it’s safe to say that Sacramento’s summers are hot and arid, winters are a little more mellow than most would expect. Sacramento’s winters are generally cold and wet, but not snowy. Since the area is known for having hot weather, it should come as no surprise to anyone that winters tend to pass quickly here.

What is Sacramento best known for?

If you’re a fan of diversity, you’re going to love Sacramento. This city is known for being one of the most diverse cities in America. Along with its ultra-diverse backgrounds, the city is also famous for having an active nightlife, being “America’s most hipstery city,” and also being one of the most evolved cultural hotspots in the state.

Does Sacramento have gangs?

Unfortunately, gang life seems to be inextricably linked to live in Calfornia. Sacramento currently is dealing with one of the largest influxes of gang activity they’ve seen in recent years. Most major street gangs have some level of presence in the city. Despite law enforcement’s best efforts, this still remains one of the most gang-infested cities in America.

Ossiana Tepfenhart

Ossiana Tepfenhart is an expert writer, focusing on interior design and general home tips. Writing is her life, and it's what she does best. Her interests include art and real estate investments.

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