The 10 Most Dangerous Cities in America

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Over one million violent crimes occur in the United States each year, not including all other types of crimes, like property and other nonviolent crimes. According to FBI estimates from various reporting agencies, there were around 1.2 million violent crimes in the year 2012 alone.

Safety, of course, is one of the most important factors people consider when choosing a place to live. Along with employment considerations and price, it’s perhaps the most important factor. Using data from a report by Neighborhood Scout on dangerous cities, coupled with data from the FBI website, we created a list of the most dangerous cities in America.

Methodology: Neighborhood Scout ranked the Most Dangerous Cities by analyzing cities with more than 25,000 residents and then comparing the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents in each city using the Census Bureau’s most recent population estimates and the FBI’s most recent crime reports. Cities with the highest violent crime rates ranked highest. All statewide crime data come directly from the FBI’s most recent state-by-state reports.

10. St. Louis, MO

    • Violent crimes: 5,351
    • Breakdown of violent crimes: St. Louis has a population of 317,421, and as of 2015, the murder rate per 1,000 residents was 0.50. There were also 0.88 rapes per 1,000 residents, 4.92 robberies, and 10.96 assaults per 1,000 resident in St. Louis. All of these rates are higher than the U.S. nationwide rates.
    • Property crimes: 20,057
    • Breakdown of property crimes: There were 13.28 burglaries per 1,000 residents, 39.68 thefts per 1,000, and 10.23 motor vehicle thefts per 1,000.
    • Total violent and property crimes per 1,000 residents: There were 25,408 total violent and property crimes according to recent estimates, which equates to 80.05 per 1,000 St. Louis residents.
    • Crime in Missouri: Missouri’s violent crime rate is moderately high, at 4.43 per 1,000 residents. St. Louis’s violent crime rate is much higher than the statewide average, at 16.86 per 1,000.