Violent Crime: The Most Dangerous Cities

Police car on the street at night responding to a violent released its list of the 100 Most Dangerous Cities for 2016. The study looked at cities with 25,000 people or more and ranked them based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. NeighborhoodScout defines violent crime as murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

The top five cities in order are:

  1. East St. Louis, IL,
  2. Camden, NJ,
  3. Detroit MI,
  4. Alexandria, LA,
  5. Wilmington, DE.

Surprisingly, some of the largest cities in the country, where one assumes violent crime happens, did not make the list, places such as New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles.

Smaller Cities, More Violent Crime?

While many large cities aren’t on the list, some smaller cities near larger metro areas are. For example, Compton and San Bernardino are both near Los Angeles and both made the list. The fact that these smaller cities have a higher violent crime rate challenges the popular notion that these incidents happen predominantly in larger cities. explains that urban violent crime was once thought to exist in inner city, high-rise public housing but now that view has shifted. Today, data has revealed that violent crimes happen in areas where you will find single family homes, abandoned homes, low-income areas and inner suburbs next to decaying cities.

California Cities

Four cities in California made the list. They are Oakland at number 9, Stockton ranks 20th, San Bernardino places 42nd and Compton is in the 44th position. Two of those, San Bernardino and Compton, are cities near Los Angeles. Oakland and Stockton are satellite cities of San Francisco.

While the popular perception is that Los Angeles can be a dangerous place, the data shows that the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people does not even rank it in the top 100.

A Trend

That these smaller cities hold the majority of the positions on the Most Dangerous Cities list seems to be a trend, as well. The data collected by NeighborhoodScout and presented in each of their Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities lists since 2012 supports this theory.

While crime happens wherever there is a large concentration of people, the largest urban centers in our country are not always the most dangerous. NeighborhoodScout’s data has shown that more attention needs to be given to satellite cities to determine what is happening in these places.

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