America’s 10 Most Dangerous Cities

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Forbes has released its annual list of the ten most dangerous cities in the U.S.

You can check to see if you live in one of them! If you’ve been mugged, then you there is definitely a good chance you live in one of them.

Detroit’s violent crime rate is 2,137 per 100,000 people. What does this mean exactly? For every hundred thousand people you can see right now, 2,137 of them are being crimed on. And according to Forbes, Detroit’s violent crime rate is down 10 percent from 2011, but that’s still five times the national average. It’s so bad, in fact, that in 2010, Detroit bested Karachi, Pakistan and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico as the second most dangerous city in the world.

  • 10. Buffalo, NY
  • 9. Cleveland, OH
  • 8. Stockton, CA
  • 7. Baltimore, MD
  • 6. Atlanta, GA
  • 5. Birmingham, AL
  • 4. Memphis, TN
  • 3. Oakland, CA
  • 2. St. Louis, MO
  • 1. Detroit, MI

Detroit’s violent crime rate is a breathtaking 2,137 per 100,000 people. What does this mean exactly? For every hundred thousand people, 2,137 have been victims of crime.  According to Forbes, Detroit’s violent crime rate is down 10 percent from 2011, but that’s still five times the national average.

Crime in Detroit is worse than Karachi, Pakistan and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

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16 Responses to America’s 10 Most Dangerous Cities

  1. feminazi says:

    Detroit was once called the ‘Paris of the Midwest.’ Today, half the inner city has been bulldozed and the population has fallen by more than 1 million people. It’s a shame and a nightmare. I visited Detroit with my late husband in the early 1960s and the beginnings of decay could be seen even then but today, that decay has eaten it alive like a cancer.

  2. Mets Fan says:

    The top ten most dangerous U.S. cities have one thing in common: large African America populations.

    While it isn’t politically correct to say it, it’s a fact. Other U.S. cities have large black populations but there is greater diversity in those places. Think Dallas, Chicago and Philadelphia.

  3. Brigadoon says:

    I’ve been to Atlanta a couple of times and never felt the least bit threatened. Sacramento felt far more crime-ridden to me and it’s much smaller than Atlanta.

  4. Peace Nick says:

    Detroit is more crime-ridden than Ciudad Juárez, Mexico?

    I have never been to either place and from what I hear, there is no reason to visit these places. I’d like to live a long life and not get killed at age 37, thank you very much.

  5. ChiTOM says:

    I hear you, Peace Nick. Mexico used to be fun but no more. I haven’t been in more than a decade and I have no plans to ever visit again. As for Detroit, it’s a sad comment on modern America. We’re not all that far from the Motor City and I can’t tell you how many former Detroiters I’ve met who have relocated to Chicago to get away from it.

  6. Sami Cirpili says:

    Yes, let’s think about who is targeted for violence in those cities (as there are few “random” shootings, robberies, etc.). Let’s also think about how violence is reported in Karachi, Pakistan. Let’s think about this obsession with lists and how that does little to actually solve and particular problem. Let’s just plain think and put our heads together on what might work. Let’s think about sustainable communities, employment, and the global economy. Let’s think about failed monetary policies and the relocation of industry. Let’s think about military policy and global imperialism. Let’s think about making a better world…

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  8. justajeepguy says:

    I’ve lived in NYC and DC and have always known how to reduce my chances of being a victim which is why I was surprised when I was mugged in Atlanta in well lit, populated area a 10 pm on the night before Easter. I wasn’t hurt and fortunately they got nothing but a mostly empty briefcase.

    I am surprised to see Buffalo on the list but then I don’t know that much about the it.

  9. Rachel says:

    Too bad about Memphis. Great BBQ!

  10. I love Baltimore. It’s fun, bizarre, unique and the architecture rocks.

    Plus, the Inner Harbor is lots of fun to wander around, with Camden Yards and the tiny boat ferries that take you to places like Federal Hill.

    I’ve never felt any threat or impending criminal act. Maybe I am lucky? But this list is interesting.

  11. DMason says:

    Stockton was hot badly by the real estate downturn. Foreclosures there are historically high. No wonder crime is bad. Lots of vacant houses and a tax base non-existent.

  12. The Real Adam says:

    Crime in Detroit is worse than Karachi, Pakistan and Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.

    No way? Well, neither Detroit, Karachi, or Ciudad Juarez are on my bucket list. These places sound dreadful and sad.

  13. Abbey Peripatetic says:

    I had plans to visit the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland with my best friend.

    But when they inducted Madonna I decided no to bother. I mean, Madonna? Are you fucking kidding me, Cleveland?

    Oakland is OK. At least around the border with Berkeley and along Broadway. Never felt threatened there. It’s ironic Oakland made the list because affluent places like San Francisco, Orinda and Montclaire are close by.

  14. I live In Buffalo Ny and I do understand why we are on this list!

  15. June Spanish says:

    I live in Buffalo as wells but poverty, drugs and lack of resources are some of the reasons we are on the list. One of the cities having the most African Americans; I agree but it’s not that they are African American’s it’s poverty. People involved in violence any race are driven by poverty and lack of hope. All the cities need better education, more jobs and more resources.

  16. garth says:

    The buffalo police refuse to even file reports in most cases in the city! A man threatened to shoot someone in the head, police didn’t even think to talk to guy! Their refusal to allow citizens to file complaints(to keep district in better standing) is what keeps us on 10. If they actually took complaints seriously we would be in top 5. I look at starbucks and its full of cops. Hire educated cops, get rid of the thug police force. Its just as bad as mexico here. I’m planning to move. They just spent $200,000 on a 30 ft camera tower so cops can sit in it away from public! First night it was active: stabbing feet away!

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