List of Most Dangerous Cities in America

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While there are a number of cities in the United States that seem like obvious places to stay away from, others might not be as well known as dangerous places to visit.

The list of the most dangerous cities in America is a sobering reminder of the ongoing challenges faced by some communities. While crime rates can fluctuate over time, certain cities consistently appear on these lists due to a combination of factors such as high poverty rates, limited access to quality education and healthcare, gang activity, and systemic issues.

Cities like Detroit, St. Louis, Baltimore, Oakland, and Memphis often rank among the most dangerous in the nation, grappling with issues of violent crime, homicides, and property crimes. It is important to recognize that these rankings do not define the entirety of these cities, as they are home to vibrant communities, cultural landmarks, and resilient individuals working tirelessly to improve their circumstances.

Efforts to address the root causes of crime, promote economic opportunities, enhance community policing, and invest in education and social services are crucial steps toward creating safer environments for all residents.

2023 Most Dangerous List

According to U.S. News, the below is among the most dangerous cities in 2023.

  1. Memphis, TN
  2. Albuquerque, NM
  3. Anchorage, AK
  4. Bakersfield, CA
  5. Little Rock, AR
  6. Chattanooga, TN
  7. Corpus Christi, TX

2017 Most Dangerous List

Below you can find some of the most dangerous cities in the USA according to Forbes.

1. Detroit
Population: 713,239
Violent Crime Rate: 2,137 per 100,000 residents
2. St. Louis
Population: 320,454
Violent Crime Rate: 1,857 per 100,000 residents
3. Oakland
Population: 395,317
Violent Crime Rate: 1,683 per 100,000 residents
4. Memphis
Population: 652,725
Violent Crime Rate: 1,583 per 100,000 residents
5. Birmingham
Population: 213,258
Violent Crime Rate: 1,483 per 100,000 residents
6. Atlanta
Population: 425,433
Violent Crime Rate: 1,433 per 100,000 residents
7. Baltimore
Population: 626,848
Violent Crime Rate: 1,417 per 100,000 residents
8. Stockton
Population: 295,136
Violent Crime Rate: 1,408 per 100,000 residents

2012 Most Dangerous List

A new report from the FBI show data that suggests violent crime rates are improving. Although this may be true, cities with the top crime rates have continued to rise for murder rates in 2011. One of the biggest issues we are facing is an understaffed police force in some of these high crime rate cities, according to a Yahoo! news article.

Below is a list of the most dangerous cities in America for 2012.

1. Flint, Michigan: In 2011, there were 52 murders reported and 23.4 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
2. Detroit, Michigan: In 2011, there were 344 murders and 21.4 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
3. St. Louis, Missouri: In 2011, there were 113 murders and 18.6 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
4. Oakland, California: In 2011, there were 104 murders and 16.8 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.
5. Memphis, Tennessee: In 2011, there were 117 murders and 15.8 violent crimes per 1,000 residents.

No city with a population of more than 100,000 had a higher crime rate than Flint, Michigan, according to the FBI.