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“The Most Dangerous Cities In America” List Excludes Chicago, Makes List Invalid

By / 06.21.13

It doesn’t look like the FBI thinks a city lovingly dubbed “Chiraq” is all that dangerous. A recently published list based on the bureau’s findings failed to include the city in its tabulation of America’s most dangerous cities.

24/7 Wall Street did all the breaking down of the data and came up with 10 cities where you’re more likely to get robbed, killed, raped and beat up (maybe even in that order) than anywhere else in ‘Merica. They also found violent crimes are up 1.2% after being down for five consecutive years.

Chicago’s exclusion boils down to one of two things: The city’s police department either doesn’t report stats to the FBI or the Windy City really isn’t all that bad. Yeah, sure they had 500+ homicides in 2012 but the city is a big ass city with over 2.7 million residents. And though there are sections that are the most sh*t-holiest places in America, it still doesn’t represent the entire Chi.

Whatever the case, you’re better off vacationing in Chicago than you are in Baltimore, at least that’s what it says on paper.

Top 5 below.

5. Memphis, Tennessee
Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,750.0
Population: 657,436
2012 murders: 133
Poverty rate: 27.2%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 83.4%

4. St. Louis, Missouri
Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,776.5
Population: 318,667
2012 murders: 113
Poverty rate: 27.0%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 83.9%

3. Oakland, Calif.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,993.1
Population: 399,487
2012 murders: 126
Poverty rate: 21.0%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 79.9%

2. Detroit, Mich.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,122.6
Population: 707,096
2012 murders: 386
Poverty rate: 40.9%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 77.4%

1. Flint, Mich.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,729.5
Population: 101,632
2012 murders: 63
Poverty rate: 40.6%
Pct. of adults with high school degree: 82.9%

Check out 24/7 Wall St. for the full list.


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