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 May 26 - The Most Dangerous Cities in America
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1. Flint, Mich.

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Population: 109,245
Violent Crime Per 1,000: 22
2010 murders: 53
Median Income: $27,049 (46.1% below national average)
Unemployment Rate: 11.8% (2.8% above national average)

The number of violent crimes committed in Flint increased for all categories considered for this list between 2009 and 2010. Perhaps most notably, the number of murders in the city increased from 36 to 53. This moves the city from having the seventh highest rate of homicide to the second highest. The number of aggravated a.ssaults increased from 1,529 to 1,579, a rate of 14.6 a.ssaults per 1,000 residents, placing the city in the No. 1 rank for rate of a.ssaults. Flint police chief Alvern Lock stated late last year that he believed the city's violence stemmed from drugs and gangs. Flint has a relatively small median income of about $27,000 per household. The city also has a poverty rate of 36.2%.

2. Detroit

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Population: 899,447
Violent Crime Per 1,000: 18.9
2010 murders: 310
Median Income: $26,098 (48% below national average)
Unemployment Rate: 12.7% (3.7% above national average)

The city crippled the most in America's post-industrial era is almost certainly Detroit. The Motor City has suffered from high rates of unemployment, homelessness, and crime. The city has one of the ten highest rates for three of the four types of violent crime identified by the FBI. Detroit has the sixth highest murder rate, the fifth highest robbery rate, and the second highest rate of aggravated a.ssault. In 2005, a major reorganization of the city's police department took place after a federal investigation identified inefficiencies within the system. According to an article in The United Press, opponents of Detroit Mayor David Bing called for further intervention by the Justice Department in several shootings that occurred last year.

3. St. Louis

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Population: 355,151
Violent Crime Per 1,000: 17.5
2010 murders: 144
Median Income: $34,801 (30.7% below national average)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (0.3% above national average)

Violent crime in St. Louis fell dramatically between 2009 and 2010, and has decreased since 2007. Despite this, crime rates remain extremely high compared with other cities. In 2010, the city's murder rate and rate of aggravated a.ssault were each the third worst in the country. With regards to both violent and nonviolent crime, St. Louis was rated the most dangerous city based on FBI data released six months ago. As of December 2010, the murder rate in St. Louis was 6.3 times that of the state of Missouri. The city's gunshot murder rate for residents between 10 to 19 years old is also the second highest in the country, behind only New Orleans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

4. New Haven, Conn.

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Population: 124,856
Violent Crime Per 1,000: 15.8
2010 murders: 22
Median Income: $38,279 (23.8% below national average)
Unemployment Rate: 9.6% (0.6% above national average)

New Haven has historically had the highest rate of violent crime on the east coast. The impoverished, crime-ridden parts of the city stand in stark contrast to affluent Fairfield county to the West, and elite Yale University, which is located within the city itself. The number of murders in the city doubled last year. New Haven has the eighth highest rate of robbery and the fourth highest rate of a.ssault in the U.S. The New Haven Police Department is considering adding cameras at every intersection in one of the neighborhoods where shootings are the most common.

5. Memphis, Tenn.

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Population: 673,650
Violent Crime Per 1,000: 15.4
2010 murders: 89
Median Income: $34,203 (31.8% below national average)
Unemployment Rate: 9.9% (0.9% above national average)

Memphis has high rates for all the violent crimes considered for 24/7 Wall St.'s rankings. It has the sixth highest rate in the country. Incidents of violent crime in the city dropped slightly less than 15% between 2009 and 2010 though. Memphis Mayor AC Wharton attributes this decrease to Operation Safe Community, a citywide plan developed in 2005. The plan consists of a number of strategies meant to increase crime prevention, through toughening punishments for criminals, and the effectiveness of the city's legal system, through changes such as expanding court programs so that they operate consistently and at full capacity.

6. Oakland, Calif.

Population: 409,723
Violent Crime Per 1,000: 15.3
2010 murders: 90
Median Income: $51,473 (2.4% above national average)
Unemployment Rate: 11% (2% above national average)

Oakland's violent crime dropped about 5.5% between 2009 and 2010, from about 6,800 to 6,260. The city nevertheless has the tenth-highest rate of r*pe, the ninth-highest murder rate, and the second highest robbery rate in the country. In 2010, there were 7.12 robberies for every 1,000 Oakland residents. According to an article in the San Francisco Chronicle, Mayor Jean Quan has attempted to combat break-ins and theft by creating programs to keep potential wrongdoers off the streets by starting late-night basketball programs. It it unclear if these policies have worked.

7. Little Rock, Ark.

Population: 192,922
Violent Crime Per 1,000: 15.2
2010 murders: 25
Median Income: $38,992 (22.3% below national average)
Unemployment Rate: 6.8% (2.2% below national average)

Little Rock has one of the highest rates of aggravated a.ssault and forcible r*pe in the country. Since 2009, reported a.ssaults has increased while reported forcible r*pes have decreased. According to Lt. Terry Hastings of the Little Rock Police Department, quoted by local station FOX16, Little Rock was "down almost 12 percent across the board on crime" in 2010. This may be accurate for many crimes, and especially nonviolent crimes, however, according to FBI data, violent crime increased from 2009 to 2010.

8. Baltimore

Population: 639,929
Violent Crime Per 1,000: 14.6
2010 murders: 223
Median Income: $38,772 (22.7% below national average)
Unemployment Rate: 7.4% (1.6% below national average)

Baltimore had the eighth-highest rate of violent crime per capita in 2010 among cities with 100,000 or more residents, and the second-highest east of the Mississippi. The number of violent crimes has dropped slightly in the past year -- from 9,600 to 9,300 -- but the Maryland city has some of the worst rates of dangerous offenses in the country. This includes the tenth-worst aggravated a.ssault rate -- and the fourth-worst murder rate in the country.

9. Rockford, Ill.

Population: 156,180
Violent Crime Per 1,000: 14.5
2010 murders: 20
Median Income: $36,990 (26% below national average)
Unemployment Rate: 13.3% (4.3% above national average)

Rockford has unusually high violent crime rates for a city of its size. Most notably, the city has the fourth highest rate of aggravated a.ssault in the country, with 10.5 cases for every 1,000 citizens in 2010. During the same period, 20 murders occurred, almost double the number in 2000. Quoted by the Rockford Register Star in 2007, Winnebago County Sheriff d!ck Meyers said that he believed the city's "location worked against [it,]" as Rockford receives traffic from the drug markets in Madison, Chicago, and Milwaukee, resulting in heightened rates of violence.

10. Stockton, Calif.


Population: 292,047
Violent Crime Per 1,000: 13.8
2010 murders: 49
Median Income: $45,730 (8.9% below national average)
Unemployment Rate: 18.4% (9.4% above national average)

With a jobless rate of 18.4%, up from 18.1% a year ago, Stockton, California has one of the worst unemployment problems in the country. The huge percentage of unemployed residents may have contributed to horrible crime rates in the city, which is located 40 miles east of Oakland and San Francisco. Stockton was rated one of the most miserable cities to live in the country by Forbes in March, 2010. Violent crime was one of the chief measurements for its ranking. Of the 267 cities with populations over 100,000, Stockton has the 27th highest number of murders per 1,000 people and the 12th most aggravated a.ssaults per 1,000. Last year, recognizing the crime problems in the city, the state temporarily diverted hundreds of California Highway Patrol officers to aid the city's overwhelmed police department.
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some idiot will come in bragging about their city being on that list. like its a good thing.
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memyselfni said:
some idiot will come in bragging about their city being on that list. like its a good thing.
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Mayor Jean Quan has attempted to combat break-ins and theft by creating programs to keep potential wrongdoers off the streets by starting late-night basketball programs.It it unclear if these policies have worked.
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Glad to see New Orleans not up there...
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It's crazy in New Haven, CT rt now! sh*t is going down n*ggas need to chill out!
Damn I didn't think it would be so high on the list
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GAT DAMN!!! Michigan what's going on?
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surprised to not see philly or camden,NJ on there...
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I will always love my city no matter the statistics
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slimgangsta18 said:
Glad to see New Orleans not up there...
i was go say the same thing.
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slimgangsta18 said:
Glad to see New Orleans not up there...
new orleans is rarely ever up there because murder is the only problem... theres not an overall high violent crime rate... only murder.

murder.

murder.

and more murder.

and you cant stop a murder from happening...

and if YOU slimgangsta18 from new orleas you should already kno this i aint gotta tell you this man
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Flint, Michigan is the gutter of all gutters. I got family in Flint and me and my people from Chicago once visited Flint in the 1990's. Nyggas was coocoo for coco puffs crazy up there, I dunno if it's still that bad today. But in the 90's when I went to Flint it was soooo grimey. Im talking about Flint was so grimey when I visited that even someone from a big city like Chicago went up there and was like, "cotdamn these nyggas crazy".
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Calamity said:
new orleans is rarely ever up there because murder is the only problem... theres not an overall high violent crime rate... only murder.

murder.

murder.

and more murder.

and you cant stop a murder from happening...

and if YOU slimgangsta18 from new orleans you should already kno this i aint gotta tell you this man

I know but we still manage to be on a list dealing with whatever crime it is Top 10.

PS: I hate my username...I wanna change that sh*t. I was young dumb & stupid at the time lol
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im glad laguna hills is not on there. :)
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slimgangsta18 said:
Glad to see New Orleans not up there...
Same here, but it's still bad as fu*k out here with the k!lling.
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I hate seeing my city (Memphis) on these lists. Memphis isnt that bad. IMO

Baltimore and Memphis got basically the same population yet Baltimore had 134 more murders. Yet Memphis is more "dangerous"?

Yes Alex, I'll take Memphis for $1000 please
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im surprised the population of some of those cities is so low...detroit less than 1 million? i live in vancouver BC the population here is over 2 million and crime is almost non-existant
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TCV said:
im surprised the population of some of those cities is so low...detroit less than 1 million? i live in vancouver BC the population here is over 2 million and crime is almost non-existant
Shows population of the city only and not the whole metroplex. Memphis Metro got lil over 2 million. Not sure about Detroit's.
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these lists are always bullsh*t.
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