If you’re planning a trip to Florida either because you’ve never been or you’re considering retiring there in the upcoming years, it might be a good idea to make a list of places you can go to and those you should avoid. Even if the United States is generally considered a somewhat safe place, there are cities or areas you should steer clear of, and some of them are located in the great state of Florida.

While we don’t advise you to check out these destinations, we would like to make it clear that we don’t have anything against them or the people who live there. However, they might not make the best choice for those who travel alone, are women, or know little to nothing with regard to what they’re supposed to avoid in these parts.

 

Daytona Beach

Despite its incredible sights, this city scores as one of the most dangerous ones in Florida and the whole of the United States of America. It’s got an appalling crime rate and violent ones are more or less frequent. In fact, one in every three crimes is violent in this location.

On top of everything, Daytona Beach has an annual crime rate of 76 cases out of 1000 people, so it appears that it’s less safe than 98% of all other cities in the United States right now.

Palatka

There are two main reasons you could consider going to Palatka, and they are the fact that here’s where the Florida Azalea Festival takes place annually and the town has a somewhat small population of just 10,000 individuals. If you think that this low number is what makes it safe, you’re mistaken, though.

It has practically no social life at all, but what makes it risky is that every year over 600 crimes are reported despite the 10,000 residents living their life in the town. 58 crimes per 1,000 people is a lot, so it’s only safer than roughly 4% of the country. If you’re wondering about the high crime rate, it might be useful for you to know that Palatka has one of the highest unemployment rates in the States and it is higher than the national average.

 

Immokalee

This is another small city you might want to avoid. The poverty in the area is what drives people to crime, and even though violent ones are less prevalent compared to other areas in Florida, you might get mugged or threatened if you decide that visiting Immokalee is a risk you might want to take.

Eighty-five percent of those who live here do not speak English, which is another reason for the heavy unemployment issue. Teenage pregnancy and delinquency are common in this town, and that’s because a third of its whole population is aged under 18. Besides, only 3 to 4% of those who live in Immokalee have a bachelor’s degree.

Fort Pierce

Based on the number of reported crimes that we came across, it appears that the likelihood of you becoming a victim of one in this city is 1 to 17. While it might be less violent compared to other Florida destinations, there are several issues that the town should have to address in order for it to become an attractive tourist location.

For one, only 13% of those aged twenty-five or older have a Bachelor’s degree. At the time this article was written, there was no company owned by Asians or African Americans in the area, which should give you a pointer as to what other issues the city might be suffering from.

 

Miami Beach

Probably the most dangerous place in the entirety of Florida, Miami Beach certainly doesn’t seem risky at all if you were to consider its breathtaking views. But the fact of the matter is that both the rape rate and the violent crime rates here are more than double the national average.

Both property crime and thefts are more than three times the value of the national average. So if you want to travel to Miami Beach all by yourself and you’re carrying your valuables with you, you’d better think again. If you do have friends living there, you could hit them up so that they go along on your quests. You might even want to enjoy yourself on a griddler party in their company, who knows?