The 100 Most Dangerous Cities in America

Using the most up-to-date FBI crime data for the 2016 year (the 2017 year total crime data are still incomplete), Neighborhood Scout compiled a list of the 100 most dangerous cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Violent crimes include murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

For more information, see “How we rank the most dangerous cities in America”.

Here’s the list:

(100) Cincinnati, OH

(99) Lauderhill, FL

(98) Schenectady, NY

(97) Sanford, FL

(96) Huntsville, AL

(95) Eureka, CA

(94) Richmond, CA

(93) Jackson, TN

(92) New Haven, CT

(91) Tacoma, WA

(90) Salt Lake City, UT

(89) Canton, OH

(88) York, PA

(87) Salisbury, MA

(86) Baton Rouge, LA

(85) Newark, NJ

(84) Shreveport, LA

(83) Chelsea, MA(

(82) North Las Vegas, NV

(81) Port Huron, MI

(80) Pueblo, CO

(79) Wheeling, WV

(78) Salisbury, NC

(77) Modesto, CA

(76) Philadelphia, PA

(75) Dayton, OH

(74) Lima, OH

(73) South Bend, IN

(72) Miami Beach, FL

(71) Chattanooga, TN

(70) Muskogee, OK

(69) Springfield, MA

(68) Houston, TX

(67) Battle Creek, MI

(66) Wichita, KS

(65) Florence, SC

(64) Harrisburg, PA

(63) Brockton, MA

(62) Holyoke, MA

(61) Fall River, MA

(60) Lubbock, TX

(59) New Orleans, LA

(58) Goldsboro, NC

(57) Hartford, CT

(56) Tulsa, OK

(55) Chicago, IL

(54) Minneapolis, MN

(53) Beaumont, TX

(52) Buffalo, NY

(51) Atlanta, GA

(50) Albuquerque, NM

(49) Springfield, IL

(48) Anchorage, AK

(47) Compton, CA

(46) Lansing, MI

(45) Homestead, FL

(44) Niagara Falls, NY

(43) Toledo, OH

(42) Albany, GA

(41) Washington, DC

(40) Daytona Beach, FL

(39) East Point, GA

(38) Fort Myers, FL

(37) Kalamazoo, MI

(36) Pontiac, MI

(35) Gadsden, AL

(34) Jackson, MI

(33) Springfield, MO

(32) Trenton, NJ

(31) Lake Worth, FL

(30) Riviera Beach, FL

(29) Indianapolis, IN

(28) Stockton, CA

(27) Oakland, CA

(26) Newburgh, NY

(25) Saginaw, MI

(24) Little Rock, AR

(23) Elkhart, IN

(22) Milwaukee, WI

(21) Chester, PA

(20) Danville, IL

(19) Charleston, WV

(18) San Bernardino, CA

(17) Pine Bluff, AR

(16) Flint, MI

(15) Cleveland, OH

(14) Kansas City, MO

(13) Myrtle Beach, SC

(12) Rockford, IL

(11) Baltimore, MD

(10) West Memphis, AR

(9) Memphis, TN

(8) Alexandria, LA

(7) Wilmington, DE

(6) St. Louis, MO

(5) Detroit, MI

(4) Camden, NJ

(3) East St. Louis, IL

(2) Bessemer, AL

And the No. 1 Most Dangerous City in America is . . . .

(1) Monroe, LA: In 2000, the city had a population of 53,107 people. In 2010, 63.9% of Monroe’s population were black, 33.4% white, 1.05% Asian, and 1.01% Hispanic or Latino.

It would be interesting if someone can do the research to find out if this list correlates with how the cities voted in 2016 (blue or red), and the percentage of the city’s population who are black.

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20 responses to “The 100 Most Dangerous Cities in America

  1. Stephen T. McCarthy

    Hokey-Smoke! Quite a few surprises on that list. At least they were surprises to me.

    Like… I knew Detroit would rate very high but thought Chicago would come in much closer to the top. Myrtle Beach at 13? Dang! I drove through there once in 1983 and all I remember seeing were miniature golf courses.

    Yeah, anybody who lives near Northern California knows that Stockton has become notorious for violent crime. But I thought for sure I’d see Newark much higher.

    Interesting that neither Los Angeles or New York City made the list (although Compton is essentially a part of L.A.).

    Despite the fact that it’s the 5th or 6th largest city in America, I’m not all that surprised that Phoenix didn’t make the list. The gun laws there are basically “carry what you want, where you want, how you want.” Start some crap in Phoenix and there’s a real good chance that the person you’re at odds with has a handgun within easy reach. I’m sure it makes many people think twice… or even thrice.

    ~ D-FensDogG
    STMcC Presents ‘Battle Of The Bands’

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    • I took my wife and 2 youngest kids to Myrtle Beach in 2010, and they had two main drivers of their economy. Golf courses, and strip clubs. We went there from Michigan, because the flights were so cheap, and the hotels were as well. We thought we could have a nice short vacation with the girls, but when we got there, we realized that the city is mostly geared towards men, and how they can get their dollars. So men fly their with a couple of buddies on a golfing vacation, and while away from their wives for a long weekend, they play some golf, hit the strip clubs, go to a couple of shooting ranges and shoot fully automatic weapons, and generally act like jerks.

      We ended up just taking our car and driving up into state and visiting some of the sights, and exploring pretty much the entire time we were there, then went back to our hotel to let our kids swim in the latter part of the day.

      It is probably typical for everyone, but I searched out my state when I read down the list. Detroit, Kalamazoo, Benton Harbor, Port Huron, Flint, they all have two things in common. First they have a high representation of African American people living there compared to other races. I am sure that you figured that out, but also they are, as far as I can remember, all run by Democrats. I guess you figured that out as well.

      I just don’t understand how black people continue to elect leaders from the Democratic party, when they know that it is in their best interest to toss them out. But this is like in Detroit, who elected Marion Barry, who was a dope head, and they still kept him as mayor, even though he was crooked as well as many in his family. It would seem like they would learn the old adage, fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me.

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      • Stephen T. McCarthy

        PIGPEN, that goes to show that just a drive-by doesn’t really tell anyone about a place. Ever since that ’83 drive through Myrtle Beach, I’ve always thought of it as just “Miniature Golfworld”. Some sort of fake, Lilliputian Land. Ha!

        That was such a great road trip, though. My best, in fact. From NYC to L.A. by way of The South. My best friend had just graduated from art school, and I flew one-way to NY so he and I could drive back home together.

        He had a Volkswagen Bug and we had every nook and cranny of that little car filled with his stuffs. And every time we packed it up again, we had to get every single thing in the same exact spot in order to fit it all in.

        One time we didn’t re-pack the car correctly and I had to go about 350 miles in the passenger seat holding ONE of my friend’s tennis shoes on my lap. (I’m literally laughing-out-loud as I type these words!) That was the trip of a lifetime! Brother, I sure wish I could return to the life I was living back then. Change has NOT been good for me. :^)

        ~ D-FensDogG
        STMcC Presents ‘Battle Of The Bands’

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      • Barry was mayor of D.C., not Detroit. And they re-elected him after he’d served time for his first conviction… And now, they’ve erected a statue to him in that wonderful town:

        That being said…
        How do you explain strip clubs to your kids as you drive by them on vacation? Or see flyers for them in the hotel lobby or where ever?

        Sad that society sees vices like that as something we want in our metropolitan areas, due to how they “serve a need to keep men’s irrepressible nature at bay” (or, do they increase such desires/urges?) What about the effects on those men’s wives, girlfriends, & kids? Or on the performers’ families and loved ones? Debasing activities degrade us as humans. They make us less God-like. Less “Homo Sapien”… less wise.

        So why? Partially because they bring in a LOT of money for girls who would otherwise be “unable to make so much so quickly”. I actually had a science student back in the day who surprised me when she told me she worked nights at Hooters. Not a strip club, but slouching toward Gomorrah. Asked her why, as she was quite smart (and it’s a degrading job). She just said, “The money’s good.”

        Wouldn’t we do better as a society if we instead provided men with other alternatives through which to utilize those excess energies? (And women with better-paying jobs and opportunities for education & experience? And if we all remembered that reward comes from long, often arduous work? People want instant gratification and easy money without working hard.)

        Alternatives that didn’t then also attract bad elements such as drugs, prostitution, assaults & robberies, etc.? Which gets such cities on this list…

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  2. While this is only semi-related, it looks like another Clintonista’s cheese slipped off his cracker:

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  3. How can Miami Dade county, Fl. not make the list? Loads from Honduras, Guatemala, and…….low life cubans, prostitutes, the homeless where they bathe, at least the are clean, but out in the open, under the overpasses, shantys, it is filth all over, not to mention drugs and shootings, murders, gangs, I have to stop here cause it will take so much don’t want to collapse the sight.

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    • You’ve got me Alma. There are quite a few that I KNOW are out of order.


    • Because Miami-Dade County is a county, and this list is about cities.
      Note that the city of Miami Beach, which is in Miami-Dade County, is #72 most dangerous city in the U.S.

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      • Dr. E. just in case please check it out, I meant Miami Dade County because the county is very wide, and the cities itself are in Dade County, however, the municipalities, The City on Miami [which is the one I have made reference to] we have Miami Beach, Hialeah, North Miami, Southwest Miami, Doral, and so on, they are in the Dade County. Miami-Dade has its own Police Department, Fire Depatment, Water and Sewer, Sanitation Dept., the aforementioned cities provide their own services, as well as (45) Homestead; Homestead, though refurbished, is plagued by Mexicans, many are illegals, and Honduras, Guatemala, Nicaraguans which are the most impoverish peoples from Central America, and Cubans. CUBANS when the dry foot-wet foot agreement was ended (coming via boats) the Cubans have crossed the border at Tijuana and are not considered illegals but HAVE MADE AN ILLEGAL ENTRY in the US, they have simply crossed into the US, when the year is up, that’s the end of it -my apologies for getting the attention away from the Most Dangerous Cities.

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  4. Oops, don’t want to collapse the site.

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  5. No way this list is accurate or legit. I live in Louisiana and New Orleans is way more dangerous than Monroe will ever be. And so is Baton Rouge.

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  6. I said I lived in Memphis and its 9th on the list. I thought we were giving Chicago a run last year but we missed them by 180 murders. The car jacking here has gotten so bad the State said you can carry a loaded gun in the car or truck but can not exit the car with it loaded. now if the government will let this happen in lieu of all the shooting you know it’s got to be bad.
    When we watch the news it’s not who got wounded i’ts how many dead now.
    Crime is everywhere no matter were you live but when the absence of God is evident then it climbs to a new level of evil that grows like cancer on the community and consumes everyone in its wake. Only God can save us from this.

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  7. New York has come a long way over the years. Not even on the list! The much smaller cities of Buffalo and Newburg are however, was quite surprised to see Buffalo on the list. Newburg is certainly a shithole, a very small one at that. I must say this list is quite surprising. Never even heard of Monroe, LA.

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  8. I live a 10 minute drive from one of these towns, and a 30 minute drive from another. Re: both of these places, I can testify that they are not places I would want to live. The reason: some of the people who live there are extremely violent and harmful. Both were towns with a bright future in 1900, but at this point they have become magnets for criminals. In Massachusetts we call such places, “Kennedy Country.”

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  9. Ya know, one could make a pretty good argument that Washington, DC is the most dangerous city in America.

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    • What is really frightening about it is getting to know those who live there. Many of them REALLY think they’re a “cut above”. They love being next to the wheels of power. It’s sort of Santos Traficante meets Eddy Bower.

      My last job required me to be there six or seven times a year. It really is a dystopian world.

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