Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in the USA in 2020

Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities

  1. Detroit, MI
  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 20.0
  • Your chance of being a victim: 1 in 50

The Motor City once again not a surprise to be on the list. Major U.S. cities tend to grow but Detroit on the other hand, has seen steep population declines for half a century. In the 1950’s it was home to 1.8 million people, now less than 700,000. Many reasons include manufacturing rates and poverty. Not much has been done to combat the violence in this city.

2. Memphis, TN

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 51

Commonly known for it’s Beale Street blues, being home of Elvis, and the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memphis has been one of the most dangerous cities in America for a while. The tourist areas are considered safe as well as downtown so visitors should not be too threatened, the crimes tend to be mostly in the bad neighborhoods.

3. Birmingham, AL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 52

Birmingham is one of only 3 cities in the U.S. with a violent crime rate more than 5 times higher than the national rate of 369 violent crimes per 100,000 people. 70% of them in the recent year were aggravated assaults, many others were robberies. Birmingham’s economic opportunities are limited, while violence could be a reason, mostly poverty takes over with more than 1 in every 4 residents living below poverty line.

4. Baltimore, MD

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 18.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 54

In a recent statistic, Baltimore’s violent crime rate of 1,833 incidents per 100,000 people is nearly five times higher than the national violent crime rate. In one Baltimore neighborhood, the local residents have themselves installed a network of nearly 500 surveillance cameras, which is greatly improved crime rates and solving cases in the area. One initiative more cities should follow.

5. Flint, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 18.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 55

Flint has a huge poverty problem of around 44 percent with an unemployment rate of roughly 10 percent. Its high crime rate make it extremely difficult to start a business as well as only slightly above 10 percent of residents have bachelor’s degrees. It is an unfortunately under educated city stricken by too much crime.

6. St. Louis, MO

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 18.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 55

St. Louis on the list is no surprise. A major reason for the high homicide rate here is lax gun laws. Not much has been done to help improve violence here. Residents here are allowed to carry a gun in a car without a permit, which is illegal in other major metropolitan cities.

7. Danville, IL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 18.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 55

With a crime rate of 67 per one thousand residents, Danville has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to similar community sizes. In a stat from 2016, there were 502 violent crimes in Danville with 0 murders, 47 cases of rape, 88 robberies and 367 aggravated assaults. There were 1,894 crimes.

  1. Saginaw, MI
  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 16.7
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 60

The City of Saginaw has some of the highest rates of violent crime in the United States. Much of the crime influenced by drug and gang activity in areas not visited by many tourists. It is best to stay in the populated areas and not into neighborhoods in poor areas.

9. Wilmington, DE

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 16.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 61

 Wilmington is the most populous city in Delaware with over double of Dover, and is known for being a corporate or chemical capital of the world. Being the most violent city in the state as well, with residents having a 1 in 61 chance of encountering violence. Property crime and violence stats have not improved in the city but only remained steady which is not very good either.

10. Camden, NJ

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 16.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 62

In a recent statistic, there were 229 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in New Jersey in 2017. In Camden, violence is much more common. There were 1,968 violent crimes for every 100,000 people. Crime is concentrated in areas with limited economic opportunity. With an 8.9% annual unemployment rate being the highest of any city in New Jersey and more than double the 4.1% state unemployment rate, Camden is not doing so great.

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