Top 50 Most Dangerous Cities in the United States

November 15, 2013

Which American Cities Rank as the Most Dangerous?

The United States has always had crime in not only urban areas, but also some rural towns. This is one reason to not be surprised that the "Top 50 Most Dangerous Cities in the United States" has some small towns on it. Some reasons for rural areas having crime stem from hard drugs usage and having high unemployment. In urban areas there are the same problems, but it is more densified and concentrated geographically.




The Neighborhood Scout website published a recent "Top 50 Most Dangerous Cities in the United States (2013)". Some of the cities on the list are repeat offenders because of the crime overload in areas of these cities. The state with most representatives in the top 10 most dangerous are not surprisingly from Michigan.


Michigan has had a hard time ever since the de-industrialization of Midwestern cities. Movements have been created and politicians have made new and stricter laws to combat crime. Sadly, many of them have failed and the cities have gone underwater even more. Check out which cities made the list below.

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Top 50 Most Dangerous Cities in the United States:

50 Philadelphia, PA
49 Nashville, TN
48 Kansas City, MO
47 Miami, FL
46 Washington, DC
45 Desert Hot Springs, CA
44 Bridgeton, NJ
43 Fort Myers, FL
42 Fall River, MA
41 Brockton, MA
40 Buffalo, NY
39 Salisbury, MD
38 Texarkana, TX
37 Hartford, CT
36 Alexandria, LA
35 New Haven, CT
34 Daytona Beach, FL
33 Cleveland, OH
32 Rockford, IL
31 Pine Bluff, AR
30 Harrisburg, PA
29 Trenton, NJ
28 Stockton, CA
27 Baltimore, MD
26 Atlanta, GA
25 Birmingham, AL
24 Little Rock, AR
23 Homestead, FL
22 Memphis, TN
21 Myrtle Beach, SC
20 Riviera Beach, FL
19 Chester, PA
18 York, PA
17 Wilmington, DE
16 Bessemer, AL
15 Harvey, IL
14 Monroe, LA
13 Oakland, CA
12 Spartanburg, SC
11 Chelsea, MA
10 Inkster, MI
9 Newburgh, NY
8 St. Louis, MO
7 Atlantic City, NJ
6 Detroit, MI
5 Saginaw, MI
4 West Memphis, AR
3 Flint, MI
2 Camden, NJ
1 East St. Louis, IL


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East St. Louis, Illinois

East St. Louis, Illinois tops the chart this year for many reasons. It turns out to be the poorest part of the already poor St. Louis Metropolitan area. Wherever there is poverty, there is crime. It is a simple proportional relationship, an increase in poverty means and increase in crime. This rule of thumb is actually true most of the time.







Camden, New Jersey

Camden, New Jersey is a suburb just east of Philadelphia. Camden is a city known for its drug trade and use. Many young adults from affluent suburbs next door, like Cherry Hill, come to Camden in order to buy drugs off the crime ridden streets.





Flint, Michigan

Flint, Michigan is surprisingly not higher on this list. This city was hit the hardest of any other city in the United States by the deindustrialization of the automobile industry. Flint has been trying to make a comeback after losing half of its population.

A new law now allows the government to knock down abandoned houses for cheap and in bulk to aid in the demolition of the eroding areas and neighborhoods of Flint. You can read more on Flint, Michigan and the impact of deindustrialization here! The article has a very detailed description on the history of the town, its crime, and its economic problems. Check it out - The Government Came in like a Wrecking Ball for Flint, Michigan






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55 comments on “Top 50 Most Dangerous Cities in the United States”

  1. I thought Philadelphia should have been listed earlier and was wondering where Chicago is on the list. Surprised by some towns I had never heard of and was surprised that Atlantic City had more crime than Philadelphia, but enjoyed the article anyway.

  2. Don't you guys get it??? Even tho they compile these numbers about these cities, why wouldn't they even come up with a study that says how they would bring these numbers down, they just want us to talk and disagree about everything that's written, to cause US.. to debate over something, that would make us argue over why our cities are or are not on it. THEY... Came up with this study, not us. But obviously we know our cities and what goes on in them, but it seems to me that its a ploy to stir up conversation ANNND debate amonst ourselves about something they are not willing to fix in the first place! (since they know why this is) This study is RACIAL!!!!! And I know WHO, they target, and WHY!!! STAY SAFE IN AMERICA PERIOD!!!!

  3. York isnt that bad. I like it here. York High '20.

  4. Bahaha! Grantley Road huh? Where the big huge fancy houses are... That's a tough neighborhood where doctors and professors live... Valencia ballroom and Heritage too? Thanks for the joke Steve... if by any chance you took a road on opposite side of George St you'll notice it's not the luxury lifestyle your sweet precious York is...

  5. AMEN! I lived in York City. Raised my children while living in York City. My husband and I have coached many children on different sports teams in York City.I have the up most RESPECT for all those who are working so hard to bring change to this city. I know sometimes it seems like an up hill battle, but thank God for every one of you for your tireless work for all who live there. God Bless this City.

  6. Yes I was waiting for someone to say that that's what they're going by per capita

  7. York has a strong drug trafficking segment where the crime is not so much poverty related crime, but more of structured and operational crime. York is a centrist point of nearly half a dozen supply routes for the upper east coast. Pretty much like memphis is a distribution hub for fedex?well, York is the upper area fedex hub for drugs. Along with that comes a myriad of domino effect crimes. Now, add into this the poverty of many areas of York. Not many folks realize there are some major drug kings living in York's backyard.

  8. born and rasied in East ST. Louis n we get it in on my side

  9. BAHAHAHA what an idiot!!! Crawl back under your rock. "FO SHO FO SHO"

  10. Camden nj is in the right spot but philly should be right next to it i lived in both there the worst to me

  11. SPG/Gville, and Asheville man, the tri city area. I am right there with some of these other people. I don't know of a day when I can turn the TV on and not hear about a murder or some stupid ass scheming some absurd thing to cause harm to others.

  12. I've been tracking the FBI Uniform Crime Report numbers for New Orleans in a spreadsheet for five years now. It really isn't that bad. We have an extremely high murder rate, but that is typically confined to small pockets of the city and is mostly "criminals killing criminals" so to speak. NOLA is actually one of the safer cities in the state when it comes to overall violent crime. You will be pretty safe as long as you stay out of certain neighborhoods, but isn't that true of most places?

  13. Crazy as it sounds, New Orleans and two of its suburbs are actually in the top five safest cities in Louisiana, according to the FBI Uniform Crime Report. NOLA has one of the highest murder rates in the country, but those crimes are concentrated in very small areas of the city, and the overall violent crime rate (including crimes such as assault, armed robbery, rape, etc.) is relatively low. It sounds crazy when you constantly see murders on the news, but I have been tracking the numbers for the past five years so that I will know if the local politicians are lying or not. I know, I'm a nerd.

  14. Spartanburg s.c.!?#12?ridiculous!! I live here now n must say this can't be true. There r counties around here that r way worse but they choose not to add in the minor charges like unpaid child support n possession of weed driving w suspended license this keeps their %slower.apparently its legal but it definitely skews the numbers! Wonder how many of the larger cities do the same!? Because of this I don't put much credence in this report.

  15. I'm from newburgh where cousins and brothers fight each other...gun shots sounds all through the day were it's not safe to play basketball downtown

  16. I live in st louis quit tellin people how bad there city is it makes easily swayed people to think it is cool

  17. Where is Gary in, chicago I'll, Youngstown oh, new Orleans, list not accurate at all.

  18. Of course NYC isn't as hard, it's one of the safest cities in the country, even in the top 20 of the 265 largest U.S. cities.

    But they aren't talking about NYC....They mean York, Pennsylvania.

  19. And have all or most of these Cities been run by The Democratic Party for the past 50 years or so? Keep up the good work.

  20. They're probably not counting what the cops do.

  21. It's possible that these cities are ranked by crime to population ratios. York is smaller than Baltimore but has a higher crime per person ratio

  22. I agree with you, I have lived right outside of Baltimore City for 22 years in Glen Burnie. And all that crime has made its way here, thanks to the lightrail.

  23. Are you kidding me? Omaha NE isn't on this list??? I moved the hell away from there so many people get shot and killed ROUTINELY. Wait...not only is it not on the should be moved to top 10.

  24. Hear what you sayin but most our murders in bmore dont make the news since we got so many. Hearing of a murder on tv here have unfortunately been normal my whole life. An please..never ask for directions from someone off the street if you drivin. They WILL take you car at da least. Stay safe hacket

  25. Blind? Come da bodymore murdaland n see fo yourself. New york aint got ish on bmore, i do hope baltimore get better tho. Been horrible there my whole life unfortunately. An yea..been da new york, cool place but not as hard as bmore. Sidenote, google ehat tupac said about bmore when he lived here. You might be shocked. Nuff said, be safe.

  26. I was just in a city that I have never been more afraid in, none the less there were two shootings, the day before we got there and 2 days after we left, and every local there told us to stay on main roads and away from uncrowded streets. How is New Orleans, Louisiana not on this list. And I have lived outside of Newburgh for years and can't see how NOLA is much different.

  27. Right? Murder capital of the country doesn't make the list?

  28. Not surprised to see York ranking where it does.

  29. Hartford is way too far down the list. I live in Newington, right next to Hartford, and their criminal activities are starting to spread into our small town. Every day you hear about someone shooting someone, drug busts, LEOs getting shot at or killed. New Haven being worse then Hartford? I think not. New Haven is pretty bad, but definitely not worse then Hartford.

  30. Completely false born and raised on philly not a good spot on the list where's Chicago? This whole list I fucked up

  31. You obviously are blind to what really goes on in york city

  32. New Orleans didnt make the list? Lol
    Your list is invalid.

  33. My wife Grew up in York, c/o 90', we both went to Temple, I'm amazed at how delopitated York became in just 10-12 years

  34. I currently live in downtown York, PA. I was born and raised in York County but have had the opportunity to spend time in a pretty wide range of cities. York certainly has a long way to go before it will be on any top 50 cities to live in but I disagree with anyone who suggests the notion that York is in a downward spiral. If you feel that way I would suggest coming back for a visit if you had a negative experience your last time in town. Although crime rates may suggest that York is in a downward spiral there is more to the story. In recent years a cultural resurgence has begun. Street art and beautification projects are becoming common place. There have been lots of investments made which include the recent additions of the baseball stadium and team, new high end loft apartments, new bars and restaurants, as well as some nice shops opening along Philadelphia st. and Beaver st., as well as York College’s continual investment and support of the greater York community lead me to believe there is a lot of promise in downtown York and things are moving in a positive direction.

    While poverty, a failing school district, and a heavily indebted city government are some of the big hurdles we have to overcome, the people of York seem to be coming together and are taking these issues head on. York is the home of some of the oldest historic buildings/architecture in the entire country and also has one of the most beautiful biking and running trails I have ever been on cutting right through the center of town. There is a lot to be proud of and a strong foundation to build on in York. I believe only looking at the numbers paints an unfair picture. However, I acknowledge that in order to create a list such as this you are working with strictly numbers so there is no easy way to compare the intangibles. There are certainly sections of the city which I try to avoid but that is common with most urban communities. In my opinion, York is certainly NOT more dangerous than Philadelphia or Baltimore. I would much rather walk through the worst neighborhood in York then the worst neighborhood in either of those cities although I would rather avoid any of those areas to be honest. If you want to find trouble you can certainly find it in York. But you will also find if you avoid playing in the dirt it is pretty easy to stay clean and live safely and comfortably within the confines of York, city. If however, you choose to play in the dirt, one should expect to get dirty.

  35. Bigger city's have more people so the % will be lower say NY city has 1 million people york has 400,000 each city has the same deaths of 50 do the math

  36. I live just outside of Baltimore, and though Salisbury may not be as rough, it is still trash. There are undoubtedly nice areas, but there's still plenty of trouble with general crime, drugs, and prostitution.

  37. Living in Baltimore coming from Salisbury they have that correct violence and drugs have been streaming rapidly down into the shore and out of Baltimore to small of a town for such people

  38. Agree with Gina, born and raised in Baltimore but lived in York for past 5yrs and York is not nearly as bad.. Having Salisbury MD even on the list automatically lost a lot of credibility.. Maybe they ment Edgewood MD

  39. I also grew up in York and live in Philadelphia. I don't know that there's THAT much of a divide between the two, but I'd agree in principle that York being placed ahead is correct. What I don't agree with is York being ahead of Chester, nor do I agree with the omission of Reading from this list. If York's on it, Reading needs to be, too.

  40. I just moved from York, PA. That city is in a downward spiral... And fast! It's sad that a once great city has turned into this!

  41. I have to disagree, surprised to see York as more dangerous than Baltimore. Born and raised in Baltimore and have seen/heard pretty terrifying things and seen some very scary places. Lived in York for 7 years, work in the city and am regularly driving all through the city...not nearly as bad as Baltimore. Yes, there are some unsafe areas but it doesn't even compare...

  42. I live in Philadelphia and grew up in York. I completely agree with the placement of both cities on this list. It's sad but true. I am considering relocating.

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