50 Most Dangerous Cities in America

Aug 22, 2018 |

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If you’re looking to put down roots far from the sounds of sirens and stories of crime, you would do well to opt for a town in regions other than the southern United States. This is according to the latest FBI report detailing the most dangerous cities in the country.

Of the fifty most crime-ridden cities on our list, all but fifteen were located east of New Mexico and south of the Mason-Dixon line. Other notable hot spots were Michigan, with six of the fifty most dangerous cities, and New Mexico, with three cities that made our list.

Opioid addiction and loose gun laws no doubt contribute to the violence in the region. However, lay the map of poverty in the US over that of crime and the two are almost a perfect match.

Take, for example, Anniston, Alabama. With thirty-three violent crimes and seventy-seven property crimes per 1,000 people, this town experiences more crime per capita than anywhere else in the country. Meanwhile, nearly a third of its 22,000 residents live in poverty. From the smallest towns (Wellston, Michigan, and Bel-Ridge, Missouri) to the biggest cities on the list (Detroit and Memphis), the poverty level remains stubbornly high at a fourth to a third of the population.

This is compared to Lewisboro, New York, the town with the least amount of crime in the country. Located an hour northeast of Manhattan, its median household income is just shy of $160,000.

Rank State City Population Violent crimes per 1000 Property crimes per 1,000
1 Alabama Anniston 22,205 33.10 77.10
2 Missouri Wellston 2,326 30.09 55.46
3 Louisiana Monroe 49,677 30.05 93.52
4 Georgia Oakwood 4,218 29.63 342.58
5 Alabama Bessemer 26,592 28.69 90.37
6 New Mexico Espanola 10,030 26.72 55.53
7 Florida Opa Locka 16,835 22.22 64.27
8 Alaska Bethel 6,522 21.62 33.27
9 Florida Cocoa 17,825 20.70 67.88
10 Michigan Detroit 669,673 20.47 47.23
11 South Carolina Hartsville 7,837 19.65 104.25
12 Missouri St. Louis 314,507 19.13 59.31
13 South Carolina Dillon 6,648 19.10 109.06
14 Georgia College Park 14,724 18.95 95.42
15 Alabama Alexander City 14,695 18.85 44.71
16 South Carolina Lake City 6,809 18.80 64.47
17 Arkansas West Memphis 24,818 18.58 48.35
18 Louisiana Alexandria 47,936 18.42 85.34
19 Michigan Muskegon Heights 10,785 18.36 53.41
20 Tennessee Memphis 656,434 18.20 56.35
21 North Carolina Lumberton 21,683 18.12 138.27
22 Alabama Selma 19,283 18.05 77.37
23 Michigan Benton Harbor 9,963 17.97 43.96
24 Maryland Baltimore 618,385 17.80 47.78
25 Delaware Wilmington 72,183 17.80 49.10
26 Texas Robstown 11,596 17.42 34.24
27 Michigan Highland Park 10,810 17.39 27.94
28 New Mexico Gallup 23,528 17.26 70.04
29 New Mexico Belen 7,127 17.12 75.35
30 Alabama Prichard 22,299 17.00 55.02
31 Missouri Bel-Ridge 2,719 16.92 40.09
32 South Carolina Myrtle Beach 31,864 16.88 137.93
33 Tennessee Brownsville 9,795 16.85 46.96
34 Missouri Pine Lawn 3,447 16.83 33.36
35 Missouri Kansas City 478,364 16.55 43.57
36 Ohio Cleveland 386,227 16.31 53.16
37 Michigan Ecorse 9,213 16.17 37.23
38 Alabama Lanett 6,451 16.12 82.78
39 Arkansas Pine Bluff 43,976 16.03 63.35
40 Florida Belle Glade 18,405 16.03 52.49
41 Michigan Flint 97,548 15.84 34.07
42 South Carolina Camden 7,132 15.70 79.78
43 Alabama Scottsboro 14,711 15.57 34.40
44 West Virginia Charleston 49,429 15.52 79.69
45 Wisconsin Milwaukee 600,193 15.33 40.64
46 Arkansas Little Rock 198,800 15.31 68.98
47 Louisiana Opelousas 16,557 15.10 79.91
48 Indiana Elkhart 52,505 15.07 43.12
49 Alabama Boaz 9,729 15.01 42.45
50 Texas Bellmead 10,212 14.88 72.66

How to Make a Safe Home Anywhere

Wherever you live, feeling safe in your home can bring greater peace of mind and happiness. Whether your city made our list or not, we recommend adding extra security to your home with monitored security services provided by the nation’s leading home security providers.

To learn more about the home security options available to you, check out SafeWise’s picks for  Best Home Security Systems of 2018.

If you would like to contact a SafeWise Safest Cities Analyst, please email info@safewise.com.

Written by Tamarra Kemsley

Tamarra graduated with a BA in communications in 2012 and with an MA in Islam and the Middle East from Jerusalem's Hebrew University in 2015. You can follow her on Twitter @tamarranicole. Learn more

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  • davehogue

    Can you guys ever put out all the facts? Black % in each city. Are assaults black on black, white on black, white on white, black on white? Drug related? Robbery?

    • Kelvin

      It would be nice to have a accurate account of your layout

    • dnoskeam

      Most of those cities are white cities, get over your insecurities and think with logic like a man instead of thinking emotionally like a jealous bitch. go back to europe

      • davehogue

        Only asking for the facts. Hard to make an informed decision without the full story.