Maclean’s: How Kingston Ranked in “Canada’s Most Dangerous Places”

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This month, Maclean’s magazine compiled its list of “Canada’s Most Dangerous Places 2018” with Kingston rated as safer on Statistics Canada’s Crime Severity Index compared to the national average.

Kingston was rated at 62 in Canada’s Crime Severity Index this year, a miniscule increase over the 61.16 received in Maclean’s previous list, and below this year’s national average of 70.96. Statistics Canada’s Crime Severity Index is a measure of all police-reported crime, taking into consideration both the volume and seriousness of offences.


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When isolated for Violent Crime, Kingston severity index was rated at 44 – well below the national average of 75.25 and a drop from the city’s previous rating of 55.88.

Overall, Kingston was listed near the mid-point in the magazine’s “Canada’s Most Dangerous Places 2018” rankings, coming in at #118 out of 229 communities.

Only one Ontario community was found in the nation’s top 50 “most dangerous” this year – the small community of Temiskaming / Temiskaming Shores (2016 census population: 9,920) at #25. The next listed community from Ontario was Brantford at #53.

For a full ranking of Canadian communities, and a breakdown of crime stats for Kingston (scroll down to 118), visit this Maclean’s page.


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