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Top 10 Unsafest Cities in the US

Written by Top 100 Arena on 2012-06-08
The United States is one of the world's greatest countries, and as such it is home to some amazing cities. However, just like any other country, it also features some dangerous ones. Based on FBI crime reports and murder rates, it has been possible to calculate which cities in the US are the most dangerous. Here is the top 10:

10 Rockford, Illinois


According to national statistics, Rockford in Illinois has around 729 crimes per 100,000 people. It is believed that due to its close proximity to Chicago, it acts as a hub for drugs trafficking and all the negative aspects of society that come with it. Such crimes include murder, human trafficking, and prostitution.

9 Las Vegas, Nevada


 To people worldwide, Las Vegas is a city filled with fun in the form of gambling, alcohol, and a legalized sex trade. Underneath all the hedonism that Vegas has to offer lies a dark underbelly. There are around 763 crimes per 100,000 residents, the majority of which are aggravated assault and burglary. Despite this, Las Vegas attracts visitors worldwide who want to bear witness to its more glamorous side, and is one of the world's biggest wedding capitals.

8 Tallahassee, Florida


Although Florida is a state filled with sunshine and laughter, its capital city Tallahassee is ridden with crime. There are 775 violent crimes per 100,000 people, and it is perfectly located for drug runners who are looking to monopolize the Miami market. In addition to this, poverty is a major issue in the city, which leads to more people turning to crime in order to survive. 

7 Stockton, California


With over 800 crimes per 100,000 members of the population, Stockton California has a fearsome reputation for being unsafe. It is believed that the high crime rate is due to the Route I-5 running through Stockton's center, which is a popular drug route for the drug cartels of Mexico. The drug trade in Stockton has become so problematic that gang culture has become an issue in recent years, with turf wars causing murders and violence.

6 Lubbock, Texas


Lubbock in Texas presents an interesting case. Despite being in the top 10 most dangerous cities list, it is also home to one of the US's best high schools, and a strong cotton economy. Like many other dangerous US cities, it has fallen victim to drug trafficking. Its close proximity to Mexico means that drug cartels frequently trade through the city, predominantly pushing cocaine and methamphetamine. Despite its problems, local law enforcement agencies have made some high profile busts in a bid to reduce the crime rate. Here, 808 crimes per 100,000 people occur every year.

5 Anchorage, Alaska


Although Alaska is filled with outstanding beauty and stunning mountains, Anchorage experiences 813 crimes per 100,000 people. One of the biggest contributions to Anchorage's reputation as one of the US's most dangerous cities is the number of forcible rapes that occur there. In fact, the crime rate in the city is so bad that it is over double that of the rest of Alaska.

4 Flint, Michigan


 There was once a time when Flint in Michigan thrived on its automotive industry. Thanks to a series of contributing factors, including the recent economic downturn, Flint has seen a reduction in the number of jobs available, which means more households have found extreme poverty to be a daily issue, and as a result many people turn to crime. The 827 crimes per 100,000 residents appears to be fuelled primarily by desperation.

3 Springfield, Illinois


Although Springfield Illinois comes in at number three in our list, the reasons for its astonishingly high crime rate are not clear. Annually, 855 violent crimes occur per 100,000 members of the population, and this is despite the unemployment rate being lower than the national 7% average. In addition to this, there has only been a small rise in meth usage, but that does not quite account for its no.3 position. One theory is that the predominantly young population has led to more crimes being committed. 

2 Memphis, Tennessee


Despite being the birth place of Johnny Cash and Elvis Presley, Memphis Tennessee is not a pleasant place to be. Each year, 1,006 crimes per 100,000 people are committed, and the vast majority of these are violent and related to the chronic poverty that exists in the area. Despite its high crime rate, Memphis has seen a 25% drop since 2006 thanks to the FBI's 'Blue Crush' approach.

1 Detroit, Michigan 


With 1,111 crimes per 100,000 members of the population, Detroit Michigan has a dangerous reputation that far exceeds that of all the others on this list. Thanks to a rapid decline in the automaking industry, Detroit has seen unemployment rates skyrocket and a sharp population decline. Unlike many other US cities, the population loss that Detroit has experienced has been slowly happening for decades. Gang crime, drugs, prostitution, and murder are all prevalent in the city, making it the most dangerous place to be in the US. So if you are thinking about exploring the US a little more, think carefully about where you want to visit. All of the cities on this list have their nice parts, but exercising extra caution when visiting them would be in your best interests. By all means pay a visit, but be careful when you do.

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