The 20 ‘Deadliest’ Places in America Have Just Been Announced—Is Yours On The List?
Overall, America’s never been more safe, but that doesn’t mean that crime isn’t still a major problem in many of the nation’s cities.
Here are the Top 5:
5. St. Louis, MO
St. Louis holds a crucial place in the history of American music and is a vital city for sports fans. But with its recent church burnings and high rate of crime, it’s easily and sadly one of the most dangerous cities in the country.
Violent crime rate: 1,591.8 crimes per 100K people
In 2013, 120 murders, 333 rapes, 1,457 robberies, and 3,167 assaults were reported in St. Louis — a total of 5,077 violent crimes.
4. Memphis, TN
Violent crime rate: 1,673.6 crimes per 100K people
In 2013, 124 murders, 437 rapes, 3,133 robberies, and 7,200 assaults were reported in Memphis—a total of 10,894 violent crimes.
3. Flint, MI
Once one of the centers of the auto industry in America, this historical Rust Belt city was economically gutted by the loss of its auto manufacturing industry in the 1980s, and it hasn’t recovered yet.
Violent crime rate: 1,876.1 crimes per 100K people
In 2013, 48 murders, 145 rapes, 447 robberies, and 1,267 assaults were reported in Flint — a total of 1,907 violent crimes.
2. Oakland, CA
Violent crime rate: 2,011 crimes per 100K people
In 2013, 90 murders, 180 rapes, 4,922 robberies, and 2,792 assaults were reported in Oakland — a total of 7,984 violent crimes.
1. Detroit, MI
Much like Flint, Detroit has suffered hugely from the loss of its status as an auto industry center. Once the home of Motown Records and a booming metropolis, in 2013 it filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in American history, and that’s just the latest of the city’s woes.
Violent crime rate: 2,052.5 crimes per 100K people
In 2013, 316 murders, 618 rapes, 4,774 robberies, and 8,796 assaults were reported in Detroit — a total of 14,504 violent crimes.