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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:
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.