2013 June 23 Sunday
America's 10 Most Dangerous Cities

It is important to know where to stay away from. Flint is most dangerous measured by overall violent crime. I am surprised at how high up Stockton California is on that list. The lists differ depending on what they measure. By overall crime rate Detroit wins top spot. The criminals of Detroit are overall strong players. By murder rate Flint is tops with Newark NJ, Jackson Miss, and Baton Rouge Louisiana making the list. But the top competitors for murder and violence are in a pretty tight competition. In 2011 New Orleans had the highest murder rate and it was in second place for overall violent crime. But Toledo had the highest burglary rate in spite of having a fifth of Detroit's murder rate.

Keep in mind that overall violent crime and other forms of crime are measured less accurately than murder. At least in New York City incentives on the police to under-report crime are probably distorting the official figures. For innocent people the murder rate is a less than ideal measure because in some areas gangs fighting for control drug and other businesses can kill each other a lot and not kill so many others. But if you are torn between whether a city is safe enough due to a big discrepancy between various crime measures you probably shouldn't live there.

Any readers live in one of the war zone cities? If so, how do you handle it?

We need finer granularity information on what to avoid. Parts of cities and towns can be very dangerous.

Share |      By Randall Parker at 2013 June 23 08:05 PM 

Jonathan Portes said at June 24, 2013 12:40 AM:

Good God!, I just wonder what all these cities have in common (duh!!!).

destructure said at June 28, 2013 10:31 PM:

Any readers live in one of the war zone cities? If so, how do you handle it?

I grew up in one of the cities on the list. It was like being a rabbit with hawks always circling overhead.

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