Top 10 Dangerous cities in America
As of November 2012, Kansas City ranks 18th on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's annual survey of crime rates for cities with populations over 100,000. Much of the city's violent crimes occur on the city's lower income East Side. Revitalizing the downtown and midtown areas have been more successful and now have below average violent crime compared to major downtowns.The city reported 1,200 violent crimes per 100,000. The rape rate is twice as high as the national average. The property crime is a little more than Baltimore, reaching 550 property crimes reported per 100,000 residents. The property crimes are primarily made up of theft and burglary.
#9 Miami, Florida
The violent crime rate in Miami is above the national average.There are about 680 violent crimes per 100,000 people, however over 90% of those violent crimes are aggravated assault, which means the homicide and rape rates are very low. Miami has a large number of robberies, reporting about 494.4 robberies per 100,000 people. This is four times higher than the national average.
#8 St. Louis, Missouri
Since the mid-1990s, St. Louis index crime rates have declined, although rates of violent crime and property crime in the city of St. Louis remain higher than both the state and United States national averages.St. Louis also frequently is ranked among the "most dangerous" in the country by CQ Press, although these rankings are controversial and do not reflect the crime rate of Greater St. Louis.In 2012, St. Louis ranked at number 3, of the top 25 most dangerous cities in America, just behind Flint and Detroit.
#7 Orlando, Florida
The crime rate here in Orlando very is close to three times that of the national rate. Violent crime rates are very high in this city; you will be able to see about 1,076 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. It also has one of the highest crime rates per square mile, meaning no matter where you go, you will run into trouble. The city is making attempts to improve the crime rates by installing more surveillance cameras in the city, and while Orlando is slowly making its way to the bottom of the "most dangerous cities in the US" list, it will take a lot more work to completely get off the FBI's list.
#6 Flint, Michigan
In Flint,a series of economic setbacks coupled with urban decay caused many working class families to flee for greener pastures.The population of Flint is just over 100,000 residents, many of whom live in poverty. The city has a high prevalence of reported rapes. The city averages 83 forcible rapes per 100,000 residents while the national average is 26.8.
#5 Baltimore, Maryland
Crime in Baltimore, while concentrated in areas high in poverty and drug activity, has been an issue for many years. The city reported 223 homicides in 2010. This has been part of a general trend in all violent crimes for the city, which have declined from 21,799 in 1993 to 9,316 in 2010. Even with stark population decline taken into account-Baltimore went from 732,968 residents in 1993 to just 620,961 in 2010-the drop in violent crime was significant, falling from 3.0 incidents per 100 residents to 1.6 incidents per 100 residents. Baltimore's level of violent crime is still much higher than the national average,
#4 Memphis, Tennessee
Although in 2004, violent crime in Memphis reached a record low for over a decade, that trend subsequently reversed. In 2005, Memphis was ranked the fourth most dangerous city with a population of 500,000 or higher in the U.S.Recent statistics show a downward trend in crime in Memphis. Between 2006 and 2008, the crime rate fell by 16%, while the first half of 2009 saw a reduction in serious crime of over 10% from the previous year.
#3 Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham has the eighth highest crime rate in the United States.U.S. News & World Report ranked Birmingham as the third most dangerous city in the nation for 2011 (only Atlanta and Saint Louis were ranked higher).According to statistics reported to the FBI, Birmingham has the seventh highest murder rate among U.S. cities and is ranked eighteenth in violent crime.The Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area was ranked as having the 35th highest crime rate in the U.S., out of 347 MSAs ranked.The Birmingham metro area crime rate is in line with other southern MSAs such as Jacksonville, FL, and Charlotte, NC. Recently, the A&E Network series, "The First 48" has filmed episodes with some of the city's homicide detectives.
#2 Atlanta, Georgia
The crime risk in this city is about five times that of the national average. The highest types of crime in this city include property and motor vehicle theft crimes. The vehicle theft is 55% greater than the national average, with burglary being 38% greater than the national rate. Atlanta also has rather high murder rate, as it is 17.7 per 100,000 residents.
#1 Detroit, Michigan
Detroit has serious problems with crime, having the sixth highest total rate of violent crime and the highest per capita rate of violent crime among the 25 largest U.S. cities in 2007. Nearly two-thirds of all murders in Michigan in 2011 occurred in Detroit. Although the rate of violent crime dropped 11 percent in 2008,violent crime in Detroit has not declined as much as the national average from 2007 to 2011. The violent crime rate is one of the highest in the United States.
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