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America’s Most Dangerous Cities: An Update for 2018

Although it seems like the news is full of horror these days, we’ve seen a marked decline in crime in the U.S. over the past 23 or so years. According to the FBI, the violent crime rate fell 48% between 1993 and 2016, and the property crime rate fell 48% in that time period. That is a marked difference, even considering that the rate of violent crime went up from 2014 to 2016.

But that doesn’t mean crime is no longer an issue!

Many years ago, as in four, we launched this blog with a post about America’s most dangerous cities. We decided the topic was worth another look because a lot can happen in four years.

If you’re looking to move another part of the country, or maybe your employer would like you to relocate, it’s useful to be able to check demographics and crime statistics when figuring out where you might want to plant yourself and your family. It will also help you to know how quickly you want to set up your home security system once you get moved!

As we reported back then, the answer to the question, “Which are America’s most dangerous cities?” depends on whom you ask, because the methodologies can differ. So we took a look at two different websites that list the most dangerous cities and we give you a rundown of each below:

NeighborhoodScout.com
We like this list because it is thorough, with 100 cities listed. The graphs make it easy to understand the data. The information is broken down between violent and property crime. You get a comparison of the city’s crime rate to that of the state and also the U.S. as a whole. And you get your chances of being a victim. For example, in Wheeling, W.V., which is ranked 100th on the list of 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S., you have a 1 in 102 chance of being a victim of violent crime, compared to 1 in 279 in the state of West Virginia. (Incidentally, East St. Louis in Illinois ranks as the most dangerous city in the U.S. on this chart, with a 1 in 36 chance of being a victim.) We also like that you can dig into a lot of other information, such as demographics, real estate trends, school information, and more.

What we don’t like: You have to pay to see some of the information, but you can still gather a lot of data for free at this website.

247WallSt.com
We like this list, even though it is significantly shorter at only 25, because it gives you context. For example, Nashville, Tenn., ranks 25th out of the 25, with a violent crime rate of 1,102 per 100,000, but its demographics don’t mesh with that crime rate, as 247WallSt.com explains: A low household income and a high unemployment rate usually correlate with a high violent crime rate, but in Nashville, both are above the national average. The website doesn’t explain the discrepancy, but it is worth noting. This list has Detroit ranked as the most dangerous city (NeighborhoodScout.com has Detroit listed as the 8th most dangerous).

What we don’t like: The ads are obnoxious, and you can’t see a list of the 25 cities. Instead you have to scroll down and click through page by page (probably so you will be exposed to more ads). It also lacks the detailed breakdown that NeighborScout.com offers, nor does it talk about property crime, only violent crime.

We can all be thankful that both violent and property crime rates have declined as much as they have since the 1990s, but any crime is too much crime. We as individuals might not be able to thwart all potential criminals from attacking anywhere, but we can make choices that keep our families and possessions safe when we have information like what these two websites provide! And it might be that home security system provides just the peace of mind you need, no matter which city you live in.

What Are America’s Most Dangerous Cities? It Depends Whom You Ask!

Is your city safe? How about your neighborhood? Just how does your “neck of the woods” compare to other parts of the country or even your state? It’s easy to find out, by looking into rankings of America’s most dangerous cities.

However, if you delve into the research, you’ll find not all the rankings are the same. The rankings we’ve included below are from Forbes.com, but Neighborhood Scout offers a list of the top 100 most dangerous cities, and ranks the top 10 quite differently. For example, Buffalo, NY is the 10th most dangerous city according to Forbes.com, but it ranks 40th on Neighborhood Scout’s list. That’s a huge difference!

Also note that if you’re doing research, you can find statistics for cities of different sizes. You can find the top 10 most dangerous large cities or small cities, something to consider if you’re assuming all small cities are safer…because they’re not necessarily. For example, Wilmington, DE has only 72,000 residents, but tops one list of most dangerous small cities with a violent crime rate of 1,703 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. That’s higher than eight of the big cities listed as most dangerous by Forbes.com!

Below we offer you one list of the most dangerous cities, but our research indicates it’s worth looking into yourself if these are stats important to you, since it does depend whom you ask. You can also find out how secure your own neighborhood is by simply inputting your address into our Crime Reports widget.

America’s 10 Most Dangerous Cities According to Forbes.com

1. Detroit, Michigan–Violent crime rate: 2,137 per 100,000 residents

2. St Louis, Missouri –Violent crime rate: 1,857 per 100,000 residents

3. Oakland, California–Violent crime rate: 1,683 per 100,000 residents

4. Memphis, Tennessee–Violent crime rate: 1,583 per 100,000 residents

5. Birmingham, Alabama–Violent crime rate: 1,483 per 100,000 residents

6. Atlanta, Georgia–Violent crime rate: 1,433 per 100,000 residents

7. Baltimore, Maryland–Violent crime rate: 1,417 per 100,000 residents

8. Stockton, California–Violent crime rate: 1,408 per 100,000 residents

9. Cleveland, Ohio–Violent crime rate: 1,363 per 100,000 residents

10. Buffalo, New York–Violent crime rate: 1,238 per 100,000 residents

Gang activity, drug trafficking and poverty rates seem to always be present where there are high crime rates. For example, number 5 on this list—Birmingham, AL—has a poverty rate of 26%, and number 10 on this list—Buffalo, NY—has a shocking poverty rate of 30%. That means you’re not only looking at rates of crime but also quality of life when you’re looking at these cities…something to consider if you’re researching cities prior to a move.

And it’s worth noting that even if you live somewhere other than in one of America’s most dangerous cities, crime still happens, both violent and property. Unfortunately, there isn’t anywhere you can live that is guaranteed to be 100% safe for you and your family. That makes home security a concern for everyone, whether you live in the most dangerous place in the U.S. or the safest part of town. That said, maybe while researching your neighborhood’s crime activity, researching a new home security system should top your list too!

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