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25 Most Dangerous Cities According to FBI

The FBI crime statistics reveal that St. Louis, Missouri was the most dangerous city in the United States in 2010. 

Here is the list of the 25 cities making the dubious list.

1. St. Louis is an independent city on the eastern border of Missouri, United States. With a population of 319,294, it was the 58th-largest U.S. city at the 2010 U.S. Census.


2. City of Camden is the county seat of Camden County, New Jersey. It is located across the Delaware River from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


3. Detroit is the largest city in the U.S. state of Michigan, and the seat of Wayne County. It is the major city among the primary cultural, financial, and transportation centers in the Metro Detroit area, a region of 5.2 million people, and serves as a major port on the Detroit River connecting the Great Lakes system to the Saint Lawrence Seaway.


4. Flint is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and is located along the Flint River. According to a study of FBI crime statistics by CQ Press, in 2010, Flint was named the “fourth most dangerous city in the United States.”  In December 2011, Flint rose to the number 1 spot on the list.

5. Oakland is a major West Coast port city on San Francisco Bay in the U.S. state of California. In 2010, violent crime in general was down 27% and the homicide drop was the city’s fourth in a row. The Oakland police department is committed to improved public safety by increasing police presence during peak crime hours, improving intelligence gathering, and prioritizing the arrest of violent crime suspects.

6. Richmond is a city in western Contra Costa County, California, United States. In March 2010, #3 Most Dangerous CityRichmond, California The second California city in the top ten list of most dangerous cities in the United States ranks as number 3 in terms of auto theft and terms of murders.

7. Cleveland is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and is the county seat of Cuyahoga County. In October 2010, Cleveland had two neighborhoods appear on ABC News’s list of ‘America’s 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods’: both in sections just blocks apart in the city’s Central neighborhood on the East Side. Ranked 21st was in the vicinty of Quincy Avenue and E.40th Streets, while an area near E. 55th and Scovill Avenue ranked 2nd in the nation, just behind a section of the East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago, which ranked 1st.

8. Compton is a city in southern Los Angeles County, California, United States, southeast of downtown Los Angeles, California. In 2010, Compton Station area homicides were reduced by about 38 percent, with 26 homicides in 2010, compared with 42 homicides in 2009. This number is a 53 percent decrease from five years ago, and was the lowest number of homicides since 1972. The sheriff’s department reported: Taking into consideration the population changes, last year showed the lowest homicide rate since 1965. Property crimes also decreased.

9. Gary is a city in Lake County, Indiana, United States. The city is in the southeastern portion of the Chicago metropolitan area and is 25 miles from downtown Chicago.

10. Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama. The city is the county seat of Jefferson County. According to the 2010 United States Census, Birmingham had a population of 212,237.

11. Baltimore is the largest city in the U.S. state of Maryland. It is located in the central area of the state along the tidal portion of the Patapsco River, an arm of the Chesapeake Bay.

12. Memphis is a city in the southwestern corner of the U.S. state of Tennessee, and the county seat of Shelby County.

13. New Orleans is a major United States port and the largest city and metropolitan area in the state of Louisiana. The New Orleans metropolitan area (New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner) has a population of 1,235,650 as of 2009, the 46th largest in the USA.

14. Jackson is the capital and the most populous city of the US state of Mississippi. It is one of two county seats of Hinds County (the town of Raymond is the other),.

15. Little Rock is the capital and the largest city of the U.S. state of Arkansas. The Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA) had a population of 699,757 people in the 2010 census.

16. Baton Rouge is the capital of the U.S. state of Louisiana. It is located in East Baton Rouge Parish and is the second-largest city in the state.

17. Buffalo is the second most populous city in the state of New York, after New York City. Located in Western New York on the eastern shores of Lake Erie and at the head of the Niagara River across from Fort Erie, Ontario, Buffalo is the seat of Erie County and the principal city of the Buffalo-Niagara Falls metropolitan area, the largest in Upstate New York.

18. New Haven is the second-largest city in Connecticut and the sixth-largest in New England. It is the home of the Ivy League school Yale University.

19. Hartford is the capital of the U.S. state of Connecticut. The seat of Hartford County until Connecticut disbanded county government in 1960, it is the second most populous city on New England’s largest river, the Connecticut River.

20. Dayton is the 6th largest city in the state of Ohio and is the county seat of Montgomery County, the fifth most populous county in the state at 141,527.


21. Kansas City, Missouri is the largest city in the U.S. state of Missouri and is the anchor city of the Kansas City Metropolitan Area, the second largest metropolitan area in Missouri.


22. Washington, D.C., formally the District of Columbia and commonly referred to as Washington, “the District“, or simply D.C., is the capital of the United States.


23. Newark is the largest city in the American state of New Jersey, and the seat of Essex County.


24. Cincinnati is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio. Cincinnati is the county seat of Hamilton County. Settled in 1788, the city is located north of the Ohio River at the Ohio-Kentucky border, near Indiana.

25. Atlanta is the most populous city in the U.S. state of Georgia. According to the 2010 census, Atlanta’s population is 420,003.

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3 Comments

  1. [...] Here's a newer FBI list from 2011, KCMO improved from 9th to 21st. 25 Most Dangerous Cities According to FBI – World City Information – World City Information [...]

  2. Andrew says:

    These rankings are flawed because these rankings do not include Chicago. The 2010 FBI report did not include any numbers for rape in Chicago, because “The data collection methodology for the offense of forcible rape used by Chicago, Illinois, does not comply with national Uniform Crime Reporting Program guidelines.”

  3. Thomas M.Lee III (@tommy2chips) says:

    Glad to see Baltimore,Maryland has dropped out of the top ten/

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