These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In America For 2019

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No one wants to believe that they live in a dangerous city. But the fact of the matter is that your city may not be as safe as the city next door.

But instead of running and hiding under the covers, it’s better to get informed — which cities in America should you pay a little more attention to your surroundings as you walk home from work?

It turns out that, based on the most recent FBI Crime data, St. Louis, MO has maintained its throne as the city with the highest crime rate. It ranked as the most dangerous city in America for 209 based on the data.

This our fifth time ranking the most dangerous cities in America and St. Louis takes top the top for the third time.

Here’s a look at the top ten most dangerous cities in America:

  1. St. Louis (Photos)
  2. Memphis (Photos)
  3. Little Rock (Photos)
  4. Springfield (Photos)
  5. Albuquerque (Photos)
  6. Oakland (Photos)
  7. Chattanooga (Photos)
  8. Pueblo (Photos)
  9. Baltimore (Photos)
  10. Anchorage (Photos)

You might be thinking to yourself at this point — where’s Chicago?? Isn’t that some kind of post-apocalyptic, world war 3 type city?

Well, it actually ranks as the 62nd most dangerous with a pretty normal overall crime rate.

And while these places are some of the most dangerous in America, you have to remember America is a safe place to live relative to the rest of the world. Be glad you don’t live in Caracas, Venezuela where the murder rate is 2x higher than any US City (Here’s looking at you St. Louis).

Read on to learn more about our methodology or skip to the end for a full chart of the data with the crime rate for each city.

Or for more reading on places across America check out:

Breaking Down Crime In The Safest And Most Dangerous Cities In America

Breaking Down Crime In The Safest And Most Dangerous Cities In America

How We Determined The Most Dangerous Cities In America for 2019

Every year the FBI release two crime datasets, a preliminary dataset limited to the biggest cities in the country, followed by a more detailed release at the end of the year.

For our analysis, we focused on the second release of 2018 data, specifically the 2017 Uniform Crime Report.

So what criteria did we use? Have a look:

  • Violent Crimes Per Capita
  • Property Crimes Per Capita

We ranked each city from 1 to 214 for the two criteria with 1 being the most dangerous score. We then averaged the two rankings into one “Dangerous Index”.

Finally, we ranked every city on the “Dangerous Index” with the lowest index being the most dangerous in the country — St. Louis. Read on for a bit more on why these cities have such high crime rates.

Or check out the safest cities in America.

1. St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, Mo

Source: Public domain

Population: 310,284
Rank Last Year: 1
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,082 (1st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,041 (9th most dangerous)

Home to a specific type of BBQ (grilled) and a specific type of crime (violent), St. Louis ranks as the most dangerous in our analysis of dangerous cities.

While it might not win as many honors for its BBQ, St. Louis takes homes the distinction of having the highest violent crime rank among all big cities in America. It’s the dot way out to the top in the graph higher on the page.

So when you cross the street in The Gateway City, in addition to looking both ways for cars, you might want to look both ways for murder, or at least aggravated assault.

Review Of St. Louis by Jeff Mullinix

MO has one of the best collages in the mid west and that is Washington University in St Louis. St Louis I hate to say is little Detroit. I dont want to say that because MO is the state I was born in outside the city of St Louis in Overland co.

2. Memphis, TN

Memphis, Tn

Population: 652,765
Rank Last Year: 4
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,003 (4th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,297 (6th most dangerous)

Memphis is the largest city in the top ten, coming in with a population a cool 100K larger than Albuquerque.

What else is larger in Memphis than Albuquerque? That would be the violent crime rate, which ranks as the fourth highest in America. That also implies the property crime isn’t as bad as some of the other cities ‘featured’ here.

Review Of Memphis by HomeSnacks User

I like the convenience of living in the up town area of Memphis. its close to many restaurants and venues and the house I have is fairly new. the problem with Memphis is that no matter where you live, theres a slum area nearby. you can be driving through a neighborhood with upscale housing and clean streets and all of a sudden there’s an area that definitely on the downgrade with abandoned houses, prostitutes, and trash laden streets.

wonderful music events and great food venues.

3. Little Rock, AR

Little Rock, Ar

Population: 199,314
Rank Last Year: 2
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,633 (6th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,932 (5th most dangerous)

Little Rock rocks a little too hard when it comes to crime. It ranks in the top ten in the country for both property crime and violent crimes per capita.

That’s a bit of a nasty combination when it comes to being dangerous and nets Little Rock at the almost top of our ranking.

Review Of Little Rock by Flutter Bize

Anybody ever watch the HBO documentary titled ‘Banging in Little Rock’- Crime rate per capita was the highest there of all the states at the time of its production. I lived in Little Rock for years then moved to North West Arkansas. Raised my kids in Bentonville where at the time was a wonderful safe family community with excellent schools. Did he mention corrupt towns- Harrison, Arkansas is one town you don’t want to be in like EVER! The legal system there is a sad joke. Sooo glad to be out of Arkansas. Sorry to any Arkansan’s – I know it’s a beautiful state and Little Rock has some amazing cultural aspects but no thanks. Been there done that.

4. Springfield, MO

Springfield, Mo

Population: 168,654
Rank Last Year: 3
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,338 (12th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,853 (1st most dangerous)

Homer would be sad to hear that Springfield (in this case Missouri) ranks as one of the more dangerous cities in America.

The issue is property crime — Springfield ranks as having the worst property crime per capita of any city in the country. It didn’t end up taking the #1 overall most dangerous spot because its violent crime ranks outside of the top 10.

5. Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque, Nm

Population: 561,375
Rank Last Year: 6
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,369 (11th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 7,365 (3rd most dangerous)

We’re sure Walter White wouldn’t be surprised to see Albuquerque on the list. Although, its ranking is due more to property crimes than violent crimes.

The second largest city in the top ten has the fifth highest property crime rate.

So just make sure to keep a close eye on your product… err, property.

Review Of Albuquerque by TrainRailFanner2005 A

Nick You are right I Live In Albuquerque And I love it and all but it’s oohhhhhh dangerous and BORING

6. Oakland, CA

Oakland, Ca

Population: 424,915
Rank Last Year: 5
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,299 (14th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,982 (11th most dangerous)

While people continue to migrate from San Francisco to Oakland to avoid insane property prices, they aren’t moving to avoid crime. Oakland ranks over thirty spots higher than San Francisco on the crime ranking.

So there’s that stat Oakland has over San Francisco, at least for now.

Drilling down into the statistics, Oakland has the 11th highest violent crime rank in the country and the fourteenth highest property crime rate. That gives it a firm placement in the top right dangerous quadrant of the graph above.

Review Of Oakland by Tuck3r

I live in Oakland and it’s not bad outside of East and West Oakland. For some context, the clip at the end of the video isn’t from California.

7. Chattanooga, TN

Chattanooga, Tn

Population: 178,753
Rank Last Year: 14
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,065 (23rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,985 (10th most dangerous)

The second city from Tennessee on the list is Chattanooga. The less famous version of Nashville and Memphis, Chattanooga holds its own in property crime where it ranks 10th worst in the country.

At least violent crime isn’t awful in the city.

Review Of Chattanooga by HomeSnacks User

There are a lot of restaurants, festivals and events throughout the year. Has all the amenities of a larger city but with out all the hassles.

Downtown by the river is always a happening place.

8. Pueblo, CO

Pueblo, Co

Population: 110,872
Rank Last Year: 9
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,052 (26th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,167 (8th most dangerous)

Pueblo may be the smallest city in the top ten, clocking in at just over the threshold of 100,000 people, but it still packs a dangerous punch.

The smallish city in Colorado ranks as having the 8th worst property crime rate thanks to the same problem we saw in Chattanooga — burglaries.

Review Of Pueblo by Kirsten Myah

I was born in raised in Pueblo, and we have great local restaurants.

9. Baltimore, MD

Baltimore, Md

Population: 613,217
Rank Last Year: 12
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 2,027 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 4,928 (36th most dangerous)

Baltimore rocks, at least when it comes to violent crime. It ranks as having the 3rd highest violent crime rate in the country for 2019.

Fortunately(?) the property crime rate is only the 36th worst in America. So at least people won’t steal your wallet while they assault you.

Review Of Baltimore by HomeSnacks User

Too many bad folks and the city does not care about it.

Black people and their negative impact to the city.

10. Anchorage, AK

Anchorage, Ak

Population: 296,188
Rank Last Year: 18
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,203 (16th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,415 (25th most dangerous)

Rounding out the top ten is Anchorage, AK.

Breaking into the top ten for the first time this year, Anchorage has the (surprisingly) 16th highest violent crime rank and 25th highest property crime rank in the country.

Review Of Anchorage by HomeSnacks User

It’s known place for its diverse terrain of open spaces, mountains and forests, with abundant wildlife and many small towns. Its a destination for outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking and kayaking. I had a great experience at there.

Very good experience.

Locking It All Up – The Most Dangerous Cities In The US

The final returns from the FBI’s 2017 data set show that St. Louis, MO ranks as the most dangerous city in America for 2019.

However, there will be a new data set coming out early this year. At that point we can revisit St. Louis’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

Here’s a look at the safest cities in America according to the data:

  1. Cary
  2. Irvine
  3. Naperville

For more reading on the dangerous side check out:

Most Dangerous Cities In America For 2019

Rank City Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 St. Louis, MO 1 310,284 2,082 6,041
2 Memphis, TN 4 652,765 2,003 6,297
3 Little Rock, AR 2 199,314 1,633 6,932
4 Springfield, MO 3 168,654 1,338 8,853
5 Albuquerque, NM 6 561,375 1,369 7,365
6 Oakland, CA 5 424,915 1,299 5,982
7 Chattanooga, TN 14 178,753 1,065 5,985
8 Pueblo, CO 9 110,872 1,052 6,167
9 Baltimore, MD 12 613,217 2,027 4,928
10 Anchorage, AK 18 296,188 1,203 5,415
11 Baton Rouge, LA 49 227,403 1,026 5,594
12 Cleveland, OH 8 385,351 1,556 4,916
13 Wichita, KS 15 391,084 1,022 5,535
14 Tulsa, OK 7 404,868 1,040 5,455
15 Salt Lake City, UT 10 194,968 878 8,049
16 Shreveport, LA 19 193,937 953 5,575
17 Detroit, MI 13 670,792 2,056 4,540
18 North Charleston, SC 21 111,305 921 5,652
19 Kansas City, MO 26 484,948 1,724 4,543
20 South Bend, IN 25 101,857 1,044 5,007
21 Minneapolis, MN 38 418,971 1,101 4,641
22 Cincinnati, OH 31 299,116 947 5,049
23 Knoxville, TN 23 187,539 893 5,444
24 Tacoma, WA 11 213,504 813 5,574
25 Springfield, IL 29 115,568 1,054 4,755
26 Indianapolis, IN 17 870,788 1,333 4,411
27 Atlanta, GA 16 481,343 935 4,776
28 San Francisco, CA 44 881,255 715 6,168
29 Tucson, AZ 28 532,323 801 5,251
30 New Orleans, LA 53 397,447 1,121 4,243
31 Beaumont, TX 37 118,456 1,062 4,335
32 Huntsville, AL 36 195,173 904 4,730
33 Orlando, FL 35 283,982 744 5,454
34 Houston, TX 42 2,338,235 1,095 4,128
35 Pompano Beach, FL 46 111,027 862 4,800
36 Mobile, AL 63 248,431 740 5,453
37 West Palm Beach, FL 33 109,459 827 4,819
38 Milwaukee, WI 34 595,168 1,597 3,792
39 San Bernardino, CA 32 217,259 1,291 3,867
40 Columbia, SC 30 134,957 734 5,286
41 Tallahassee, FL 22 192,455 780 4,898
42 Hartford, CT 43 122,891 1,092 3,992
43 Davenport, IA 55 103,063 727 5,093
44 Washington, DC 27 693,972 948 4,156
45 Dayton, OH 24 140,171 878 4,339
46 Stockton, CA 48 309,566 1,414 3,627
47 Spokane, WA 52 217,066 626 7,231
48 Modesto, CA 45 213,677 970 3,961
49 Rockford, IL 41 146,770 1,588 3,567
50 Buffalo, NY 40 256,169 1,019 3,836
51 San Antonio, TX 47 1,520,712 707 4,844
52 Evansville, IN 65 119,371 691 5,008
53 Amarillo, TX 61 200,993 755 4,371
54 New Haven, CT 54 129,953 846 4,009
55 Rochester, NY 71 208,591 897 3,803
56 Independence, MO 67 117,055 551 5,725
57 Peoria, IL 75 114,157 759 4,213
58 Fort Lauderdale, FL 50 180,972 592 5,529
59 Seattle, WA 56 721,365 632 5,258
60 Jackson, MS 51 168,397 708 4,423
61 Richmond, CA 77 110,804 915 3,725
62 Chicago, IL 78 2,706,171 1,098 3,263
63 Vallejo, CA 66 122,174 857 3,762
64 Portland, OR 80 649,408 515 5,677
65 Topeka, KS 62 126,624 613 5,128
66 Durham, NC 269,088 792 3,826
67 Lakewood, CO 64 156,344 644 4,858
68 St. Petersburg, FL 60 263,712 698 4,312
69 Oklahoma City, OK 70 648,260 787 3,752
70 Miami, FL 57 463,009 720 4,014
71 Fayetteville, NC 59 205,432 691 4,289
72 Akron, OH 81 197,412 697 4,234
73 Des Moines, IA 72 217,277 670 4,413
74 Columbus, GA 74 198,832 655 4,435
75 Lansing, MI 85 116,302 1,135 3,051
76 Billings, MT 99 111,317 493 5,458
77 Berkeley, CA 101 122,687 542 4,906
78 Montgomery, AL 82 199,099 641 4,419
79 Phoenix, AZ 94 1,644,177 760 3,670
80 Lafayette, LA 83 128,691 560 4,555
81 Elizabeth, NJ 98 129,726 797 3,542
82 Louisville, KY 68 684,362 647 4,122
83 Philadelphia, PA 89 1,575,595 947 3,063
84 Miami Gardens, FL 118 114,008 785 3,264
85 Gainesville, FL 93 132,777 716 3,598
86 Omaha, NE 108 449,388 647 3,880
87 Greensboro, NC 290,051 725 3,562
88 Dallas, TX 90 1,338,551 774 3,185
89 Denver, CO 100 706,616 675 3,667
90 Corpus Christi, TX 84 329,256 702 3,565
91 High Point, NC 104 112,368 672 3,703
92 Glendale, AZ 76 249,273 488 4,530
93 Syracuse, NY 103 143,069 705 3,366
94 Springfield, MA 73 154,562 874 2,972
95 Fresno, CA 96 526,371 565 3,841
96 Everett, WA 91 110,040 451 4,633
97 St. Paul, MN 117 306,696 650 3,565
98 Columbus, OH 102 872,205 513 3,944
99 Kent, WA 114 128,990 360 5,370
100 Wilmington, NC 88 119,422 626 3,615

Most Dangerous Cities In America

About Chris Kolmar

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22 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In America For 2019

    1. The figures do not lie but liars figure. Sam Sparks must think that if one woman can have a baby in nine months, three women could do it in three.

  1. I hate to even spend any time on this, but here are facts. The number of burglaries in a population does not equate to danger. Pueblo, CO has it’s city angst just as do others. Where your facts about unemployment come from are baffling; According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Pueblo’s rate of unemployment as of March was 3.7%, not 12%. The saddest part is that this kind of rubbish journalism brings down entire communities- and they start to believe it themselves.
    If you’d like to ever stop by to experience our town, I’ll show you a burgeoning university that was Division II national football champions a couple of years ago. I’ll show you a great community college with a national ranking. I’ll show you great neighborhoods virtually untouched by crime. I’ll show you a fantastic arts center with a recognized children’s museum, and a slew of other great museums. I’ll take you to one of three independent theater companies. I’ll show you our convention center that is about to undergo a huge expansion, right on our beautiful and growing Riverwalk, Bith of which are funded by our citizens. I’ll introduce you to proud citizens that tax themselves to spur economic development. We have a beautiful parks system, zoo, and internationally accredited fire and police departments. We enjoy Broadway shows and concerts in our newly krestored city auditorium. The Colorado State Fair has called Pueblo home for over 100 years.
    We are a rough and tumble, blue collar town that continues to survive the downturn of our steel industry while adding new green businesses.
    Paul Harvey extolled the virtues of our city, as I am certain you would as well if you spent some time here.
    Pueblo is a city that I am proud to call my home. And I refuse to let less than 1% of our population who choose to be criminals define who we are.
    Please stop by, I’ll gladly show you my town!

    1. Thank you so much for your comment. You said it better than I ever could have. I live in Springfield Missouri and this list is damaging to say the least. Springfield is a wonderful City and doesn’t deserve this rap.

      1. As a fellow Springfield resident, the list does make Springfield to seem like some kind of hell on earth, but let’s be honest also: the burglary/theft rate is absolutely astronomical here at the moment. It’s sad, but every town has the problems. At least it’s property crime and not violent crime! 🙂

  2. So did you just accidentally skip over or intentionally decide not consider the paragraph in bold on the FBI page this article links to? You know, the one that says this data is inaccurate and incomplete and should not be used for comparison or ranking because it would lead to inaccurate results that are misleading? It then gives you a link to learn how to do correctly apply statistics to crime data and also how to acquire complete data.
    You sir, are part of the problem. Intentionally misleading people and keeping them ignorant, scared and angry. Hope your paycheck for this “false reporting” got you a couple of Chili’s dinners at least.

  3. What a bunch of morons at this rag!!! It clearly says not for comparing cities by this data, yet they publish it and claim it as fact in bold print! Uggghhhhh! I hope no one graduated college that works roadsnacks as my faith in higher education is falling by the second!

  4. What about ranking by most murders per capita?

    1. Chicago
    2. Detroit
    3. New Orleans
    4. Jacksonville
    5. Aurora
    6. Los Angeles
    7. Atlanta
    8. Miami
    9. North Omaha
    10. Orlando

  5. I do not believe this, I know that Macon, Ga. is not the place it was in the 90’s when I was a home health nurse there, I don’t even want to drive through it now…must less work as a home health nurse…too dangerous.

  6. “America is a safe place to live relative to the rest of the world” ?
    I live in Norway and the murder rates are much lower here.

  7. Your so called Facts are absurd, Athens Tn.a small Country town is no.6 most violent crimes,Blaaaaaaa! I LIVED there 30 yrs my son still lives there! TOTAL BS!!!#! MEMPHIS Tn. I live here its absolutely the most Violent Racist City in America!

  8. Train stops at Springfield for cheeseboards? . . . “BEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD! Great idea and there will be lots of support. Go for it Springfield with all the ideas and energy you can muster !

  9. I don’t see any mention of Texas cities where criminals are coyotes or MS-13 hit men from across the border. Are those criminals undocumented thereby not tallied in any locality?

  10. I tripped over this site accidentally as a link turned up in search results while I was tracking down info on a couple of sickmaking murders w/a name in common (MT/perp & CA/victim), of course found the name intriguing – who doesn’t love to eat on the road? – and even got a little warm-fuzzy moment at its location since I have friends in Durham. It looked @ first promising as a source of information alternative to city-data. While in the stats at the end I was happy to see that my hometown of Washington has dropped to 27 from 44 in this category, before getting there on reading this 1 article, I was shocked at its sloppiness. I was given to wonder before reading the 5/9/17 comment by Mark as to this contributor Kolmar’s education level, but it’s long been my view that them as have some framed Piece of High-Class Toilet Paper [1976] on their wall somewhere, aka college diploma, whether on TV or in writing, routinely express themselves with jawdropping inarticulateness [e.g. TheWeatherChannel, which is busted out with such overeducated idiots]. I practically dread to see anymore of this site after this, since just this 1 sample is riddled with not only the most ridiculously easy-to-avoid/correct typos [FOUR!!! in ONE sentence alone! (4th paragraph)], but this Kolmar here addresses his readers in the most patronizing/condescending fashion, “how typical” of newsdummies, e.g. “It’s the dot way out to the top in the graph higher on the page” re: St. Louis. “Not exactly appetizing scenery” to either eat by or spark hunger for more. Kudos to the Snackers for their hardly easy work setting all this up, but if this 1 sample is demonstrative of its overall execution – including the other readers’ enlightening observations – then, as in the tearjerking yet uplifting 40-year-old G. Rafferty song [different context], they “still got a long way to go” to achieve solid legitimacy. But they’ll fall as short of that mark as a 75-yard field goal try if they merely go Screw ‘Em! & continue on their unmerry way farting out their common-senseless Kollege Knowledge, structurally & statistically. “That would be … unfortunate.”

  11. To be fair, I haven’t researched data for all these cities but I disagree with your claim about Chicongo. According to the National average for all crime 280.2 per 100,000 people, Chicago is 510.7 per 100,000 people, almost double the National average. It also ranks quite high in violent crime rather than just petty crime and has some of the highest murder rates in the country. So No, it’s not about average and should be on the list in my opinion.

  12. I was recently in Memphis TN. The 1st time i was there. It is an absoulte hell hole. A policeman actually stopped and spoke to me and asked me to leave the city. He told me that he was amazed that i had not been shot and killed. I was in an area where there are alot of gang members and crack dealers. I was waiting to get into the post office. The complete city was a mess frim top to bottom. Honestly, if Elvis was alive today i really dont think he would still be living in Memphis.

  13. This list seems pretty spot on, like actually, except for one thing: Where on earth is Cleveland?! That place has crime everywhere! Especially on the east side!

    Other than that, like I said, the list seems accurate.

    ~ Gabriel

  14. Your city list is misleading. Property Crimes Per Capita is generally an annoyance. Having your car broken into or your credit card stolen is not life threatening. Being caught in a random drive by shooting is. Stick to violent crimes as being dangerous.

  15. Athens Tn.a small Country town is no.6 most violent crimes,Blaaaaaaa! I LIVED there 30 yrs my son still lives there! TOTAL BS!!!#! MEMPHIS Tn. I live here its absolutely the most Violent Racist City in America!

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