These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In America For 2017

We used science and data to let you know which cities have a ‘yuge’ crime problem.

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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, Little Rock, AR has the highest crime rate. It ranked as the most dangerous city in America for 2017 based on the data.

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

  1. Little Rock, AR (Photos)
  2. Springfield, MO (Photos)
  3. St. Louis, MO (Photos)
  4. Albuquerque, NM (Photos)
  5. Memphis, TN (Photos)
  6. Oakland, CA (Photos)
  7. Tulsa, OK (Photos)
  8. Pueblo, CO (Photos)
  9. Tacoma, WA (Photos)
  10. Chattanooga, TN (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 71st 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.

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How We Determined The Most Dangerous Cities In America for 2017

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 first release of 2016 data, specifically the 2016 Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report. This data set is perfect for this analysis since it only looks at cities with over 100,000 people.

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 — Little Rock. Read on for a bit more on why these cities have such high crime rates.

Or check out the safest cities in America.

Most Dangerous Cities Scatter Plot

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1. Little Rock

Little Rock, Arkansas

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 198,647
Violent Crime Per 100k: 712
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,260

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 top of our ranking.

2. Springfield

Springfield, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 166,860
Violent Crime Per 100k: 685
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,765

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.

3. St. Louis

St. Louis, Missouri

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 317,095
Violent Crime Per 100k: 877
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,687

Home to a specific type of BBQ (grilled) and a specific type of crime (violent), St. Louis ranks third 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 right 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.

4. Albuquerque

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 559,721
Violent Crime Per 100k: 517
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,195

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.

5. Memphis

Memphis, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 657,936
Violent Crime Per 100k: 871
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,558

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 second highest in America. That also implies the violent crime isn’t as bad as some of the other cities ‘featured’ here.

6. Oakland

Oakland, California

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 419,481
Violent Crime Per 100k: 703
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,729
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.

7. Tulsa

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 401,520
Violent Crime Per 100k: 514
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,872
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 eleventh worst in the country. Burglaries, in particular, are a problem — Tulsa has the fourth highest burglary rate for big cities.

8. Pueblo

Pueblo, Colorado

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 108,810
Violent Crime Per 100k: 492
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,160
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.

9. Tacoma

Tacoma, Washington

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 206,884
Violent Crime Per 100k: 488
Property Crime Per 100k: 3,284
Maybe Toyota should consider a name change for its flagship truck, since Tacoma isn’t such a safe city.

The port city outside of Seattle ranks as having the third highest property crime rank in the city, but only the 30th worst violent crime rank. All that really means is that criminals won’t beat you up when they steal your coffee.

10. Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Source: Wikipedia

Population: 174,969
Violent Crime Per 100k: 498
Property Crime Per 100k: 2,735
Rounding out the top ten is Chattanooga, TN.

The second entrant from Tennessee, Chattanooga has the 14th highest property crime rank and 25th highest violent crime rank in the country.

Locking It All Up

The early returns from the FBI’s first 2016 dataset show that Little Rock, AR ranks as the most dangerous city in America for 2017.

However, there will be a second, larger set of data coming out later this year. At that point we can revisit Little Rock’s status — that is if they haven’t beaten us all up already.

For more reading on the dangerous side check out:

Detailed List Of The Most Dangerous Cities In America For 2017

Rank City Population Violent Crime Per 100k Property Crime Per 100k
1 Little Rock, AR 198,647 712 3,260
2 Springfield, MO 166,860 685 3,765
3 St. Louis, MO 317,095 877 2,687
4 Albuquerque, NM 559,721 517 3,195
5 Memphis, TN 657,936 871 2,558
6 Oakland, CA 419,481 703 2,729
7 Tulsa, OK 401,520 514 2,872
8 Pueblo, CO 108,810 492 3,160
9 Tacoma, WA 206,884 488 3,284
10 Chattanooga, TN 174,969 498 2,735
11 Atlanta, GA 464,710 544 2,479
12 Lubbock, TX 247,271 528 2,393
13 Baltimore, MD 621,252 833 2,224
14 Tallahassee, FL 189,709 451 2,818
15 Anchorage, AK 301,239 561 2,274
16 Knoxville, TN 185,638 448 2,614
17 West Palm Beach, FL 104,919 456 2,545
18 Detroit, MI 673,225 803 1,996
19 Tucson, AZ 529,675 375 2,977
20 Huntsville, AL 190,106 460 2,401
21 Modesto, CA 210,794 490 2,376
22 San Bernardino, CA 216,477 644 2,046
23 Beaumont, TX 117,635 551 2,096
24 North Charleston, SC 109,051 398 2,715
25 Kansas City, MO 473,373 774 1,944
26 Houston, TX 2,275,221 508 2,166
27 Stockton, CA 304,890 707 1,939
28 Pompano Beach, FL 107,656 425 2,402
29 Milwaukee, WI 600,400 737 1,891
30 Shreveport, LA 197,592 423 2,393
31 Rockford, IL 148,178 835 1,811
32 Cincinnati, OH 298,478 424 2,366
33 South Bend, IN 101,240 459 2,174
34 Fort Lauderdale, FL 178,598 326 3,004
35 New Orleans, LA 393,447 518 1,928
36 Dayton, OH 140,683 407 2,384
37 San Francisco, CA 863,782 345 2,643
38 Buffalo, NY 258,096 526 1,860
39 San Antonio, TX 1,463,586 349 2,502
40 Miami, FL 437,969 445 2,162
41 Jackson, MS 170,508 397 2,272
42 Hartford, CT 124,553 492 1,918
43 Baton Rouge, LA 228,727 428 2,058
44 Minneapolis, MN 413,479 510 1,839
45 Seattle, WA 683,700 301 2,800
46 Vallejo, CA 121,257 426 1,994
47 Spokane, WA 212,698 265 3,761
48 Nashville, TN 658,029 516 1,744
49 Amarillo, TX 198,770 342 2,277
50 Lakewood, CO 151,311 288 2,725
51 Columbia, SC 132,495 281 2,574
52 Oklahoma City, OK 630,621 390 1,972
53 Odessa, TX 118,606 413 1,897
54 St. Petersburg, FL 255,821 333 2,205
55 Wilmington, NC 115,434 354 2,034
56 New Haven, CT 130,403 455 1,762
57 Fayetteville, NC 204,731 321 2,245
58 Independence, MO 117,639 258 2,540
59 Lafayette, LA 127,273 261 2,479
60 Springfield, MA 154,090 497 1,595
61 Rochester, NY 209,922 418 1,706
62 Topeka, KS 127,096 239 2,598
63 Richmond, CA 109,716 432 1,645
64 Fresno, CA 520,837 309 1,984
65 Dallas, TX 1,301,977 366 1,694
66 Tempe, AZ 175,556 248 2,306
67 Gainesville, FL 129,410 324 1,838
68 Billings, MT 109,997 245 2,306
69 Corpus Christi, TX 324,326 336 1,758
70 Bakersfield, CA 373,887 247 2,210
71 Chicago, IL 2,728,695 503 1,434
72 Philadelphia, PA 1,567,810 470 1,463
73 Norfolk, VA 245,400 312 1,808
74 Jacksonville, FL 867,258 318 1,768
75 Denver, CO 682,418 311 1,807
76 Peoria, IL 116,066 325 1,716
77 Sacramento, CA 489,717 353 1,608
78 Antioch, CA 110,537 358 1,588
79 Elizabeth, NJ 129,364 395 1,527
80 Worcester, MA 183,377 420 1,478
81 Columbus, OH 847,745 250 1,966
82 Berkeley, CA 120,387 217 2,190
83 Reno, NV 239,721 337 1,593
84 High Point, NC 109,669 289 1,728
85 Miami Gardens, FL 113,469 331 1,603
86 Syracuse, NY 144,027 348 1,533
87 Greensboro, NC 285,950 314 1,668
88 Salinas, CA 158,185 272 1,730
89 Waco, TX 131,413 263 1,789
90 Renton, WA 100,015 147 2,920
91 Clearwater, FL 111,316 301 1,635
92 Pittsburgh, PA 306,870 363 1,462
93 Fort Worth, TX 829,731 267 1,676
94 Abilene, TX 121,764 229 1,841
95 Kent, WA 127,259 127 2,883
96 Akron, OH 197,587 268 1,624
97 Riverside, CA 323,064 257 1,684
98 Lakeland, FL 103,498 162 2,497
99 Tyler, TX 102,481 201 1,953
100 St. Paul, MN 300,721 332 1,449

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12 thoughts on “These Are The 10 Most Dangerous Cities In America For 2017

    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.

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