1. Detroit, MI
Detroit has earned a place as the most dangerous city in America for several years in a row. The city has high rates of gun violence, armed robbery, and homicide in the metropolitan area. The area has a population of 672,662 people with a one in 16 chance of becoming a victim of crime.
Those living in Detroit should take extra precautions to prevent crime in their neighborhoods. Follow basic safety procedures and avoid traveling alone at night, especially in high crime areas.
2. Memphis, TN
Memphis is the second most dangerous place to live in the United States. The area has a population of 650,618 people. Those living in Memphis have a one in 13 chance of becoming victims of violent crime or property crime. Every year, the local police report over 54,868 crimes.
Crime in Memphis is 223 percent higher than the national average and is safer than one percent of cities in the United States. Because of the city’s high crime rates, local law enforcement suggests that homeowners and renters take precautions to keep their homes and families protected.
3. Birmingham, AL
Birmingham, Alabama, has a population of 209,808 people (as of the 2018 census). The area has an extremely high homicide rate, with 29 murders per 100,000 people (nearly six times higher than the national average).
Birmingham is not a safe place to live. However, not every street has high rates of crime. While living in Birmingham, it’s important to stay aware of your surroundings and know which areas are safe and which are unsafe.
4. Baltimore, MD
Baltimore’s violent crime rate is 390 percent higher than the national average, securing the city as the fourth most dangerous city in the United States. The area has a population of 602,495 people, and residents have a one in 17 chance of becoming a victim of crime.
The most common crime in Baltimore is theft, with 16,395 reported thefts per year. The second most common crime is burglary, with 5,414 burglaries per year. Both violent crime and property crime are common in Baltimore. Residents should use local crime maps to determine which areas are safe and which are dangerous.
5. Flint, MI
Flint is the fifth most dangerous city in the United States. The city has a population of 95,943 and residents have a one in 20 chance of experiencing crime. Although property crime in Flint is actually one percent lower than the national average, violent crime is 255 percent higher.
Property crime in Flint is less of a concern than violent crime. Those living in Flint, Michigan, should stay wary while traveling through the city. Residents should never walk alone at night and should carry a personal alarm.
6. St. Louis, MO
St. Louis has a population of 302,838 and is the sixth most dangerous city on our list. There are 23,732 total crimes reported each year and 226 percent more crime than the national average. The violent crime rate alone is 408 percent higher than the national average.
St. Louis has one of the highest homicide rates in the country, with 64.6 murders per 100,000 people. The murder rate is thirteen times higher than the national average. Residents should be wary of both violent crime and property crime while living in St. Louis.
7. Danville, IL
Danville ranks as the seventh most dangerous city in America. With a population of 30,898 people, the area sees uncommonly high crime rates for an area with a small population. The violent crime rate is 361 percent higher than the national average, and the property crime rate is 112 percent higher than the national average. Residents have a one in 17 chance of experiencing crime in Danville.
Due to the small size of Danville, residents should be especially cautious about their personal safety. Stay away from areas where crime is common. If you live in a high crime area, take the necessary precautions to secure and protect your home and family.
8. Saginaw, MI
Saginaw is the eighth most dangerous city in the United States. The property crime rate in Saginaw is actually lower than the national average by 27 percent. However, the violent crime rate is significantly higher than the national average, with 289 percent more crime.
Residents of Saginaw aren’t likely to become the victims of burglary, theft, or car theft. There are fewer property crimes in Saginaw than in the average American city. On the other hand, violent crime is more likely. Residents should beware of violent crime and stay aware of their surroundings when traveling through this small city.
9. Anchorage, Alaska
The total crime in Anchorage, Alaska, is 121 percent higher than the national average. The violent crime rate alone is 228 percent higher than the national average. Anchorage, though fairly wealthy, has some of the highest crime rates in the country. Many attribute the high crime rates to the feeling of being out in the wilderness. Anchorage feels untouchable compared to less rural cities. Because of the feeling of wildness, Anchorage sees high rates of crime.
Anchorage has one of the highest rates of rape in the country, with 116 rapes for 100,000 people. Those who could become victims should stay constantly aware of their surroundings and carry personal protection (such as a personal alarm and pepper spray).
10. Camden, NJ
The odds of becoming a victim of either violent crime or property crime in Camden is one in 23. Camden records high rates of violent crime, which is 317 percent higher than the national average. Those living in Camden should stay away from high crime neighborhoods.
Camden is not a safe place to live. However, this doesn’t mean that every street in Camden is dangerous. Residents need to check their local crime maps and stay up-to-date with the crime in their city.
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Thanks for the warning Jack. Not that I had a vacation planned to any of those localities. The last time I was in Memphis, Elvis was living in Graceland, and that would have been in 1966. I hear New Orleans is also a bit rough. There seems to be a common theme to the crime in these cities. Any ideas on that?
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