Forbes released their list of least likely tourist attractions and the top five includes to cities from Michigan – Detroit and Flint, numbers one and four respectively – and a interesting surprise selection: Anchorage, Alaska.
“With 813 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, Anchorage has a somewhat higher crime rate than cities of comparable size, and a rate that is double the size of Alaska as a whole. It is the largest city in the state, but it also has the largest rate of forcible rape, which contributes to Anchorage’s high crime statistics. Property crime, while not factored into our survey, is also double Alaska’s rate. Methamphetamine use has been a perennial problem in Anchorage and elsewhere in the state, and although laws have been passed to limit access to the pharmaceuticals necessary to manufacture meth in the state, a steady supply of the drug is still flowing in from Mexico.”
Memphis and Springfield, Illinois helped to round out the top slots, all of which were based on FBI crime statistics, population and other data. Not that Forbes rankings always make complete sense since they ranked Detroit 2009’s most dangerous city only to flip-flop and also list it as one of the safest cities later in the same year.