These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In America For 2018

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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 2018 based on the data.

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

  1. St. Louis (Photos)
  2. Little Rock (Photos)
  3. Springfield (Photos)
  4. Memphis (Photos)
  5. Oakland (Photos)
  6. Albuquerque (Photos)
  7. Tulsa (Photos)
  8. Cleveland (Photos)
  9. Pueblo (Photos)
  10. Salt Lake City (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 72nd 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:

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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 2018

Most Dangerous Cities Scatter Plot

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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 2017 data, specifically the 2016 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.

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1. St. Louis, MO

St. Louis, Mo

Source: Public domain

Population: 314,507
Rank Last Year: 1
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,913 (2nd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,930 (8th 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 2nd 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.

2. Little Rock, AR

Little Rock, Ar

Population: 198,800
Rank Last Year: 4
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,531 (9th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,898 (4th 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.

3. Springfield, MO

Springfield, Mo

Population: 168,307
Rank Last Year: 3
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,337 (13th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,467 (2nd 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.

4. Memphis, TN

Memphis, Tn

Population: 656,434
Rank Last Year: 5
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,819 (3rd most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,634 (16th 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 third highest in America. That also implies the property crime isn’t as bad as some of the other cities ‘featured’ here.

5. Oakland, CA

Oakland, Ca

Population: 424,998
Rank Last Year: 6
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,425 (10th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,635 (15th 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 10th highest violent crime rank in the country and the fifteenth highest property crime rate. That gives it a firm placement in the top right dangerous quadrant of the graph above.

6. Albuquerque, NM

Albuquerque, Nm

Population: 561,560
Rank Last Year: 9
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,112 (21st most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,860 (5th 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.

7. Tulsa, OK

Tulsa, Ok

Population: 405,748
Rank Last Year: 28
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,095 (25th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,904 (9th most dangerous)

Tulsa ranks as the seventh most dangerous city in America according to the most recent FBI data.

Property crimes plague the city as it ranks 9th worst in the country. Burglaries, in particular, are a problem — Tulsa has the 4th highest burglary rate for big cities.

8. Cleveland, OH

Cleveland, Oh

Population: 386,227
Rank Last Year:
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 1,630 (7th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 5,316 (28th most dangerous)

Cleveland rocks, at least when it comes to violent crime. It ranks as having the 7th highest violent crime rate in the country for 2018.

Fortunately(?) the property crime rate is only the 28th worst in America. So at least people won’t steal your wallet while they assault you.

9. Pueblo, CO

Pueblo, Co

Population: 109,927
Rank Last Year: 12
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 983 (38th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 6,798 (6th 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 sixth worst property crime rate thanks to the same problem we saw in Tulsa — burglaries.

10. Salt Lake City, UT

Salt Lake City, Utah

Population: 193,918
Rank Last Year: 14
Violent Crimes Per 100k: 935 (44th most dangerous)
Property Crimes Per 100k: 8,535 (1st most dangerous)

Rounding out the top ten is Salt Lake City, UT.

Breaking into the top ten for the first time this year, Salt Lake City has the (surprisingly) highest property crime rank and 44th highest violent crime rank in the country.

Locking It All Up

The final returns from the FBI’s 2016 dataset show that St. Louis, MO ranks as the most dangerous city in America for 2018.

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.

For more reading on the dangerous side check out:

Most Dangerous Cities In America For 2018

Rank City Previous Rank Population Violent Crimes Per 100k Property Crimes Per 100k
1 St. Louis, MO 1 314,507 1,913 5,930
2 Little Rock, AR 4 198,800 1,531 6,898
3 Springfield, MO 3 168,307 1,337 8,467
4 Memphis, TN 5 656,434 1,819 5,634
5 Oakland, CA 6 424,998 1,425 5,635
6 Albuquerque, NM 9 561,560 1,112 6,860
7 Tulsa, OK 28 405,748 1,095 5,904
8 Cleveland, OH 386,227 1,630 5,316
9 Pueblo, CO 12 109,927 983 6,798
10 Salt Lake City, UT 14 193,918 935 8,535
11 Tacoma, WA 19 209,914 952 6,549
12 Baltimore, MD 10 618,385 1,780 4,778
13 Chattanooga, TN 8 177,801 1,023 5,484
14 Detroit, MI 34 669,673 2,046 4,723
15 Wichita, KS 20 391,399 1,056 5,381
16 Atlanta, GA 7 472,579 1,083 5,248
17 Indianapolis, IN 17 866,351 1,374 4,794
18 Anchorage, AK 52 299,097 1,144 4,897
19 Shreveport, LA 38 196,467 949 5,456
20 North Charleston, SC 44 110,490 898 5,627
21 Lubbock, TX 24 252,900 1,083 5,006
22 Tallahassee, FL 15 191,564 880 5,780
23 Dayton, OH 26 140,260 999 5,158
24 Knoxville, TN 13 186,583 896 5,533
25 South Bend, IN 46 101,621 1,020 5,083
26 Kansas City, MO 22 478,364 1,654 4,356
27 Tucson, AZ 39 533,663 795 5,858
28 Washington, DC 21 681,170 1,132 4,648
29 Springfield, IL 30 116,563 1,116 4,425
30 Columbia, SC 35 134,489 829 5,482
31 Cincinnati, OH 16 298,880 910 5,146
32 San Bernardino, CA 18 217,303 1,324 4,223
33 West Palm Beach, FL 42 108,074 882 5,180
34 Milwaukee, WI 25 600,193 1,533 4,064
35 Orlando, FL 11 277,719 838 5,220
36 Beaumont, TX 54 118,283 1,112 4,282
37 Huntsville, AL 49 192,587 927 4,879
38 Minneapolis, MN 45 416,751 1,109 4,221
39 Toledo, OH 27 278,366 1,192 4,020
40 Buffalo, NY 37 257,446 1,109 4,116
41 Rockford, IL 43 147,363 1,658 3,776
42 Houston, TX 40 2,334,348 1,026 4,320
43 Hartford, CT 31 123,736 1,093 4,200
44 Modesto, CA 33 212,880 988 4,379
45 San Francisco, CA 23 871,155 710 5,441
46 San Antonio, TX 69 1,498,642 717 5,190
47 Pompano Beach, FL 51 109,362 851 4,759
48 Stockton, CA 32 308,348 1,420 3,773
49 Baton Rouge, LA 48 228,389 938 4,349
50 Fort Lauderdale, FL 47 181,218 631 5,865
51 Jackson, MS 29 170,070 853 4,635
52 Spokane, WA 57 214,028 597 7,688
53 New Orleans, LA 59 397,208 1,069 3,920
54 New Haven, CT 130,425 934 4,210
55 Davenport, IA 60 103,118 727 4,849
56 Seattle, WA 53 700,313 613 5,487
57 Miami, FL 41 449,469 887 4,221
58 Fayetteville, NC 202,200 757 4,550
59 St. Petersburg, FL 36 259,510 665 4,933
60 Amarillo, TX 67 200,141 706 4,732
61 Topeka, KS 68 127,166 559 5,620
62 Lakewood, CO 70 154,553 566 5,470
63 Mobile, AL 75 249,921 683 4,709
64 Vallejo, CA 63 122,293 861 3,933
65 Evansville, IN 64 119,908 635 4,904
66 Independence, MO 80 117,335 512 5,445
67 Louisville, KY 74 683,825 675 4,424
68 Springfield, MA 72 154,102 1,030 3,291
69 Oklahoma City, OK 71 641,681 783 3,901
70 Rochester, NY 66 209,643 880 3,726
71 Des Moines, IA 73 211,501 707 4,199
72 Chicago, IL 101 2,725,153 1,105 3,191
73 Peoria, IL 81 115,099 760 3,847
74 Richmond, CA 110,868 919 3,413
75 Columbus, GA 62 202,338 601 4,756
76 Glendale, AZ 83 242,938 495 5,270
77 Portland, OR 642,129 492 5,152
78 Akron, OH 86 197,257 616 4,383
79 Montgomery, AL 90 199,565 608 4,504
80 Lafayette, LA 65 128,923 497 4,977
81 Lansing, MI 77 115,199 1,164 2,886
82 Corpus Christi, TX 106 327,948 709 3,719
83 Odessa, TX 58 123,209 808 3,342
84 Philadelphia, PA 76 1,570,826 988 3,140
85 Wilmington, NC 55 117,852 644 4,048
86 Norfolk, VA 115 245,734 657 3,913
87 Dallas, TX 97 1,320,939 762 3,399
88 Everett, WA 78 108,988 449 5,145
89 Tempe, AZ 112 178,654 504 4,558
90 Pittsburgh, PA 110 302,443 782 3,262
91 Gainesville, FL 84 131,242 662 3,739
92 Phoenix, AZ 113 1,586,611 674 3,690
93 Elizabeth, NJ 102 129,096 816 3,202
94 Fresno, CA 88 524,796 610 3,910
95 Bakersfield, CA 100 378,788 480 4,524
96 Denver, CO 98 699,259 657 3,589
97 Billings, MT 92 111,447 461 4,680
98 Berkeley, CA 85 122,651 490 4,419
99 Syracuse, NY 79 143,925 738 3,231
100 Columbus, OH 103 862,515 521 4,070

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15 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In America For 2018

    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?

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