Top 25 Most Dangerous Cities To Live In America
24/7 Wall St. conducted a study of the violent crime rates in the big cities of the U.S.A. using the FBI 2017’s Uniform Crime Report. It’s a little disheartening learning about these statistics, but they are helpful when people are trying to decide where they should settle down. It’s always better to be informed in these cases.
A violent crime is anything that uses force or even the fear of it, but there are four different categories for these offenses:
- Murder and non-negligent manslaughter
- Aggravated Assault
So, let’s find out which unfortunate cities made the Top 25, and all the relevant details.
25. BEAUMONT, TEXAS:
This city is located in the southeastern part of Texas and known for the Spindletop-Gladys Boomtown Museum, which like a town from the 1900s right at the cups of the oil boom. It sounds wonderful to preserve history like that, but sadly, not everything is peachy.
The crime rate is 1,063 per 100,000 people, while the homicides were 16. The poverty rate is at 20.8%, and the unemployment sits at 6.4%.
24. CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE:
This city is on the southeastern part of Tennessee and has one of the best views in the world with the Tennessee River and the Appalachian Mountains. It’s filled with amazing vegetation and a trolley railway that will take anyone sightseeing on the most inclined parts.
Unfortunately, its crime rate is 1,006 per 100,000 people, and in 2017, there were 31 homicide cases. Its poverty rate is 21.1%, while the unemployment stat is 3.9%
23. HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT:
Capital cities are always the most populated, and Hartford is the home of the Mark Twain House & Museum built in 1874. Also, it has the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, which features artwork from the Renaissance and even from impressionist painters.
The crime rate falls at 1,093 per 100,000 with 29 homicides in 2017. Meanwhile, the poverty and unemployment rates are 31.9% and 8.1% respectively.
22. HOUSTON, TEXAS:
Houston one of the major cities in Texas, and it extends toward the Galveston Bay. Most people know it for the Space Center Houston, a visitor center of NASA. There’s also the Historic district, which still features 19th-century architecture and some of the best restaurants in the country.
The crime rate is 1,095 per 100,000 with 269 homicides in 2017, and the poverty rate is around 21.9%. The unemployment rate falls at 4.8%.
21. CHICAGO, ILLINOIS:
It’s one of the largest cities in the country and it’s right on Lake Michigan. The city’s skyscrapers such as the John Hancock Center are well-known all over the U.S. It also features several museums like the Art Institute of Chicago which has Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.
Meanwhile, its crime rate is 1,099 per 100,000, and there were 653 homicides in 2017. The poverty and unemployment rates are 21.7% and 5.5% respectively.
20. MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA:
Along with the city of Saint Paul, Minneapolis forms Minnesota’s “Twin Cities”, and the Mississippi River flows through it. There are many parks and lakes around these cultural spots as well as places like the Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, which features Claes Oldenburg’s sculpture titled “Spoonbridge and Cherry”.
Sadly, its crime rate is 1,101 per 100,000 people with 42 homicides in 2017, and a poverty rate of 21.3%. Meanwhile, its unemployment rate is 3.1%.
19. NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA:
New Orleans sits near the Mississippi River as well, really close to the Gulf of Mexico, and people call it the “Big Easy” due to its famed parties and music scene. Their food is considered one of the best in the country with a spice palate influenced by French, African, and American cultures. One of its biggest events is Mardi Gras, where even more festivities take places.
Unfortunately, since it draws large crowds of tourists, it can be a bit dangerous. Its crime rate is 1,121 per 100,000 people with 157 homicides in 2017. Meanwhile, the poverty and unemployment rates are 26.2% and 5.1%.
18. LANSING, MICHIGAN:
This capital city goes back to the 1800s and the Michigan State Capitol still has the cast-iron dome from 1870. It has the R.E. Olds Transportation Museum, where visitors can see all kinds of old cars, especially from Oldsmobile. The Potter Park Zoo has a bunch of endangered animals like the Magellanic penguins, golden lion tamarins, and rhinos.
Its crime rate is 1,136 per 100,000, and 14 homicides in 2017, while the poverty rate is 29.5%. On the other hand, the unemployment rate is 6.3%.
17. NASHVILLE METROPOLITAN AREA, TENNESSEE:
Nashville is the capital city of this state, and the Metropolitan Area sits right at the center. Vanderbilt University has a home here, and there are amazing country music places like the Grand Ole Opry House. There’s also the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum located Downtown, where visitors can find lots of honky-tonks to listen to the best live music.
Its crime rate is 1,138 per 100,000 with 110 homicides in 2017. Meanwhile, the poverty rate falls at 18.0%, but the unemployment rate at 2.7%.
16. ANCHORAGE, ALASKA:
This is the largest city in Alaska and located in the south-central part of the Cook Inlet. There is a myriad of cultural places like the Alaska Native Heritage Center, which sells crafts made by the many indigenous people in the area. It also has the Chugach, Kenai, and Talkeetna mountains.
Its crime rate is 1,203 per 100,000 people with 27 homicides in 2017, while the poverty and unemployment rates are 8.1% and 6.0% respectively.
15. SAN BERNARDINO, CALIFORNIA:
This city is located east of Los Angeles, and it has the California State University which features the Robert and Frances Fullerton Museum of Art. Right in the center, there’s the Seccombe Lake Park with lots of open spaces and even lakes for fishing.
Its crime rate is 1,291 per 100,000 people with 34 homicides in 2017. The poverty rate is 32.3%, while the unemployment rate falls at 6.3%.
14. OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:
This city is located east of the San Francisco Bay, and one of the best parts of it is the Victorian architecture and stores. The Museum of California features all kinds of artwork, and people love Jack London Square. However, the best part is Uptown with restaurants, bars, and theaters.
Its crime rate is 1,299 per 100,000 people with 69 homicides in 2107, and a poverty rate of 20.0%. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate is around 4.2%.
13. INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA:
This capital city is the 16th most populated in American with 872,680, and it’s the home of Marion County. Native American has lived there since 2000 BC, and it’s very popular for sports and racing. Several Fortune 500 companies are located here such as Anthem and Simon Property Group.
Its crime rate is 1,334 per 100,000 people, and 156 homicides in 2017. The poverty rate is 20.9%, while the unemployment rate is 3.6%.
12. SPRINGFIELD, MISSOURI:
Located on the southwestern side of Missouri, Springfield has the Discovery Center with lots of science exhibits for visitors, as well as the Dickerson Park Zoo which features animals and fun train rides. Additionally, the Nathaneal Greene/Close Memorial Park has beautiful botanical gardens.
Its crime rate is 1,339 per 100,000 people with 14 homicides in 2017, and a poverty rate of 25.9%. On another point, the unemployment rate is around 3.2%.
11. ALBUQUERQUE, NEW MEXICO:
This is the state’s largest city, and it’s located in the high desert. Downtown is very different from Old town Albuquerque, which goes back to its founding in 1706 by the Spaniards. There are incredible adobe building like the San Felipe de Neri Church. Also, many Native Americans are still living there.
Its crime rate is 1,369 per 100,000 people with 70 homicides in 2017. The poverty and unemployment rates are 18.9% and 5.5% respectively.
10. STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA:
The city is right beside the San Joaquin River, and one of its main attractions is the Haggin Museum. The Oak Grove Regional Parks has lots of trails and a lake for fishing. Theirs is also the Japanese Garden at the Micke Grove Regional Park, and the Children’s Museum of Stockton is great for school visits.
Its crime rate is 1,415 per 100,000 with 55 homicides in 2017, and the poverty rate is 23.7%. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate is 8.0%.
9. CLEVELAND, OHIO:
This city is the seat of Cuyahoga Country and a big one in Ohio with a population of 385,525. This also means that it is the 51st largest city in America. Its crime rate is 1,557 per 100,000 and there were 107 homicides in 2017. There’s also a poverty rate of 36.0%, as well as an unemployment rate of 7.4%
8. ROCKFORD, ILLINOIS:
Located on the northern part of Illinois, this city has the Burpee Museum of Natural History with many interesting dinosaur exhibits. The Anderson Japanese Gardens is located right across from the Rock River, and the Rock Cut State Park is the home for muskrats, raccoons, and more.
Its crime rate is 1,588 per 100,000 people with 18 homicides in 2017, and a poverty rate of 22.7%. Furthermore, the unemployment rate is 7.5%.
7. MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN:
This city is located on the western side of Lake Michigan, and it is known for breweries that offer tours which help the beer industry. There’s also the Harley-Davidson Museum which includes one of Elvis Presley’s motorcycles.
Its crime rate is 1,597 per 100,000 people with 118 homicides in 2017. The poverty rate is 28.4%, and the unemployment rate is 4.6%.
6. LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS:
Located near the Arkansas River, Little Rock is the capital of the state, and the home of the William J. Clinton Presidential Library Museum, which has a replica of the Oval Office. The Old State House Museum has everything about this city’s history, and the Arkansas Arts Center has exquisite paintings.
Its crime rate is 1,634 per 100,000 people with 55 homicides in 2017, and a poverty rate of 18.5%. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate is 3.3%.
5. KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI:
The city was founded in the 1830s with several neighborhoods like the River Market District and the Country Club Plaza. It’s most remembered for the barbecue and jazz legacy. The American Jazz Museum is in the same building as the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.
Its crime rate is 1,724 per 100,000 people with 150 homicides in 2017. There is a poverty rate of 18.3% and an unemployment rate of 4.3%.
4. MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE:
Located near the Mississippi River, this city is best known for blues, soul, and rock & roll music. Artist like Elvis Presley, B.B. King, and Johnny Cash all recorded at the Sun Studio, and tourist love visiting Presley’s Graceland home. There is also the Rock & Soul Museum, the Blues Hall of Fame, and the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.
Its crime rate is 2,003 per 100,000 people, and there were 181 homicides in 2017. The poverty rate is around 27.6%, and the unemployment rate falls at 4.8%.
3. BALTIMORE, MARYLAND:
Baltimore is a seaport city with lots of history as the birthplace of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, Fort McHenry is right at the Inner Harbor. This area also features shops, crab shacks, and things from the Civil War period like the USS Constellation.
Its crime rate is 2,027 per 100,000 people with 342 homicides, as well as a poverty rate of 23.15. The unemployment rate is 6.1%.
2. DETROIT, MICHIGAN:
This is the largest city in Michigan and features the Detroit Institute of Arts famous for the Diego Rivera murals, and better known as “Motor City” due to the city’s car industry. It is also the origin place of Motown Records.
Its crime rate is 2,057 per 100,000 people, and there were 267 homicides in 2017. The poverty rate is around 39.4%, while the unemployment rate is 9.3%.
1. ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI:
This is another city next to the Mississippi River, and it is most famous for the Gateway Arch, which was built in the 60s in homage to the 19th-century journeys of Lewis and Clark. Meanwhile, the Soulard district is the best place to find delicious barbecue and bars with blues music.
Its crime rate is 2,082 per 100,000 people with 205 homicides in 2017, as well as a poverty rate of 26.7%. On another point, the unemployment rate is 4.4%.
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Source: USA Today