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Top 50 Most Dangerous Cities in the United States

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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:

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






What do you think of the list? If the city you live in is on this list, do you agree with its rank or with it even being on the list? Why or why not? Leave answers below please.


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  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 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.

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