If you listen to the media, you might think Chicago or San Francisco are the most dangerous cities in America. It’s easy to believe that, but numerous studies show that the belief is incorrect. Furthermore, neither of those large cities make the list. Surprisingly, quite a few large metros don’t even make the top ten. A new report reveals the top 100 most dangerous cities in America. These are the top 13.
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Bessemer, Alabama, takes the top spot. The town of 25,000 has a violent crime rate of 113 incidents per 1,000 residents.
It’s worse than any other city in Alabama.
Mobile, Alabama, is larger than Bessemer, but it’s still relatively the same for violent crime. The city of 185,000 has 141 incidents per 1,000 residents.
That’s one crime per seven people.
Monroe, Louisiana, is another smaller city, clocking in at 48,000 residents. It has 26 incidents per 1,000 residents.
That’s better, but your chance of being a victim is one in 38.
Saginaw, Michigan, is similar in size to Monroe, with 44,000 residents. The city has 42 violent incidents per 1,000 residents.
Memphis may be known for BBQ and Elvis, but it’s also known for violent crime. It has 25 incidents per 1,000 residents.
With roughly 650,000 residents, one in 39 have a risk of being impacted.
Detroit is similar in size to Memphis. It also shares a commonality with violent crime. It has 23 incidents per 1,000 residents.
The largest city in Alabama, Birmingham is another city facing its share of violent crime. The city has 77 incidents per 1,000 residents.
The city has actively tried to reduce violent crime, to no avail.
Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Another smaller city, Pine Bluff, Arkansas, has 20 incidents per 1,000 residents. With a population of 40,000 people, residents have a one in 48 chance of being a victim.
Little Rock, Arkansas
Little Rock is the capital of Arkansas, but it also owns the title of one of the most crime-riddled cities in the state.
It has 20 incidents per 1,000 residents.
Located slightly less than 200 miles from Atlanta, Albany has the crime you’d envision in a larger metro.
With just under 70,000 residents, there are 16 incidents per 1,000 residents.
Known for having the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Cleveland also boasts quite a network of crime.
It has 18 incidents per 1,000 residents. Interestingly, much of Ohio is relatively safe.
Kalamazoo has roughly 75,000 residents. Sadly, it’s outsized for violent crime. It has 17 incidents per 1,000 residents.
This helps it outpace many other cities within the state of Michigan.
Known for its iconic breweries and home of the Harley-Davidson museum, Milwaukee also boasts its share of violent crime.
The city has 17 incidents per 1,000 residents. Its 600,000 residents have a one in 59 chance of becoming a victim.
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