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Most Dangerous Cities in the USA

Updated on September 11, 2016

Quick Stats

Violent Crimes: 5,531


Property Crimes: 20,057


Robbery: 1,562


Assault: 3,351


Burglary: 4,216


Theft: 12,594


Motor Vehicle Theft: 3,247

10. St. Louis, Missouri

St. Louis is a large city in the state of Missouri. The population of St. Louis is 317,421. St. Louis is a mixture of both blue collar and white collared workers with many of the workers working in the office and administrative support fields, food service fields, and the sales fields. St. Louis’s percentage of adults with a college degree is a great deal higher than the national average with over 30% of its adult population having a four year degree or higher. The annual income for a family of four is $92,000. However, St. Louis has a very large discrepancy between its very wealthy residents and its very poor residents. The majority of residents living in St. Louis report themselves as being of the black or African American race.

The chance of becoming a victim of a crime in St. Louis is 1 in 59. Robbery occurs at a 4.92 rate per 1,000 people and the chance of being assaulted rises to a rate of 10.56 per every 1,000 people. In closing an individual’s chance of being a victim of a violent crime in St. Louis is a 16.86 rate per every 1,000 people.

Quick Stats

Violent Crimes: 7,033


Property Crimes: 24,944



Robbery: 3,504


Assault: 3,152


Burglary: 4,022


Theft: 14,269


Motor Vehicle Theft: 6,653

9. Oakland, California

Oakland is a large city on the coast of California. The population of Oakland is 413,775. Oakland is a mixture of both blue collar and white collared workers with many of the workers working in the professional fields, management occupations, and sales jobs. Oakland’s percentage of adults with a college degree is higher than the national average with over 38% of its adult population having a four year degree or higher. The annual income for a family of four is $130,000. However, Oakland has a very large discrepancy between its very wealthy residents and its very poor residents. The majority of residents living in Oakland report themselves as being of the white race.

The chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Oakland, California is 1 in 59. Robbery occurs at an 8.47 rate per 1,000 people and the chance of being assaulted decreases to a rate of 7.62. In closing an individual’s chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Oakland, California is a 17.00 rate per every 1,000 people.

Quick Stats

Violent Crimes: 1,862

Property Crimes: 1,238

Robbery: 125

Assault: 649

Burglary: 564

Theft: 610

Motor Vehicle Theft: 64


8. Saginaw, Michigan

Saginaw is a large to medium sized city located in the state of Michigan. The population of Saginaw is 49,844. Saginaw is a mixture of both blue collar and white collared workers with many of its workers working in administrative support jobs and food service jobs. Saginaw’s percentage of adults with a college degree is lower than the national average with just 11% of its adult population having a college degree. The annual income for a family of four is $60,000 with 35% of its residents living in poverty. The majority of residents living in Saginaw report themselves as being of the white race.


The chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Saginaw, Michigan is 1 in 58. Robbery occurs at a 2.51 rate per 1,000 people and the chance of being assaulted rises to a rate of 13.02 per every 1,000 people. In closing an individual’s chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Saginaw, Michigan is a 17.23 rate per every 1,000 people.

Quick Stats

Violent Crimes: 1,716

Property Crimes: 4,068

Robbery: 281

Assault: 1,287

Burglary: 1,708

Theft: 2,083

Motor Vehicle Theft: 277

7. Flint, Michigan

Flint is a large to medium sized city located in Michigan. The population of Flint is 99,002. Flint is a mixture of both blue collar and white collared workers with many of its workers working in food service jobs and sales jobs. Flint’s percentage of adults with a college degree is lower than the national average with just 11% of its adult population having college degree. The annual income for a family of four is $58,000 with 41% of its residents living poverty. The majority of residents living in Flint report themselves as being of the black or African American race.

The chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Flint, Michigan is 1 in 58. Robbery occurs at a 2.84 rate per 1,000 people and the chance of being assaulted rises to a rate of 13.00 per every 1,000 people. In closing an individual’s chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Flint, Michigan is a 17.33 rate per every 1,000 people.

Quick Stats

Violent Crimes: 11,408

Property Crimes: 39,590

Robbery: 3,288

Assault: 7,477

Burglary: 11,491

Theft: 25,117

Motor Vehicle Theft: 2,982


6. Memphis, Tennessee

Memphis is an extremely large city located in the state of Tennessee. The population of Memphis is 656,851. Memphis is a mixture of both white collar workers and blue collar workers with many of its workers working in office and administrative support, sales jobs, and management occupation. Memphis has a higher level of education then the national average with over 25% of its population having a college degree. The unique part of Memphis is its very large population of young, single, and highly education individuals. Much of the population in Memphis is starting their careers in professional fields. This means that Memphis is a beacon for young singles who are looking to start their careers after graduating from college. The annual income for a family of four is $87,000. However, Memphis has a great discrepancy between its very wealthy residents and its extremely poor residents. The majority of residents living in Memphis report themselves as being of the black or African American race.

The chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Memphis, Tennessee is 1 in 58. Robbery occurs at a 5.01 rate per 1,000 people and the chances of being assaulted rises to a rate of 11.38 per every 1,000 people. In closing an individual’s chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Memphis, Tennessee is a 17.37 rate per every 1,000 people.

Quick Stats

Violent Crimes: 1,263

Property Crimes: 4,544

Robbery: 441

Assault: 766

Burglary: 972

Theft: 3,217

Motor Vehicle Theft: 355

5. Wilmington, Delaware

Wilmington is on the larger side for a medium sized city. It is located in the state of Delaware. The population of Wilmington is 71,817. Wilmington is mostly a white collar city with over 80% of the city’s population working a white collar field. Many of the workers in Wilmington are administrative support, managerial, and professionals. Wilmington is higher than the national average with over 21% of its population having a college degree, and 25% of its adults having a four year degree. The annual income for a family of four is $102,000. However, Wilmington has a great discrepancy between its very wealthy residents and extremely poor residents. The majority of residents living in Willington report themselves as being of the black or African American race. There is also a strong Hispanic presence in Wilmington with over 13% of the city’s populations being of Hispanic descent.


The chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Wilmington, Delaware is 1 in 57. Robbery occurs at a 6.14 rate per 1,000 people and the chances of being assaulted rises to a rate of 10.67 per every 1,000 people. In closing an individual’s chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Wilmington, Delaware is a 17.59 rate per every 1,000 people.

Quick Stats

Violent Crimes: 858

Property Crimes: 3,761

Robbery: 170

Assault: 670

Burglary: 1,073

Theft: 2,484

Motor Vehicle Theft: 204


4. Alexandria, Louisiana

Alexandria is a medium sized city in the state of Louisiana. The population of Alexandria is 48,175. There is a mixture of both blue collar and white collar workers with much of the cities’ population working in sales jobs and food service jobs. Alexandria’s percentage of adults with a college degree is right on with the national average at 21%. A total of 20% of the adults in Alexandria hold a four year degree or more. The annual income for a family of four is $80,000. However, Alexandria has a great discrepancy between its very wealthy residents and extremely poor residents. The majority of residents living in Alexandria report themselves as being of the black or African American race. Alexandria has a strong history with many of its ancestors being from the French, English, Irish, and German descent.

The chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Alexandria, Louisiana is 1 in 56. Robbery occurs at a 3.53 rate per 1,000 people and the chances of being assaulted rises to a rate of 13.91 per every 1,000 people. In closing an individual’s chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Alexandria, Louisiana is a 17.81 rate per every 1,000 people.

Quick Stats

Violent Crimes: 13,665

Property Crimes: 33,168

Robbery: 3,575

Assault: 9,227

Burglary: 9,181

Theft: 13,842

Motor Vehicle Theft: 10,145


3. Detroit, Michigan

Detroit is an extremely large city located in the state of Michigan. The population of Detroit is 680,250. There is a mixture of blue collar and white collar workers with much of the cities’ population working in the sales and office fields, service providers’ fields, maintenance fields, and the professional fields. Detroit’s percentage of adults with a college degrees is just under the national norm at 21.84%. A total of 13.11% of adults hold a four year degree or higher. The annual income for a family of four is $59,000 and has 39% of its population living in poverty. The majority of residents living in Detroit report themselves as being of the black or African American race.


The chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Detroit, Michigan is 1 in 50. Robbery occurs at a 5.26 rate per 1,000 people and the chances of being assaulted rises to a rate of 13.56 per every 1,000 people. In closing an individual’s chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Detroit, Michigan is a 20.09 rate per every 1,000 people.

Quick Stats

Violent Crimes: 1,571

Property Crimes: 2,860

Robbery: 531

Assault: 935

Burglary: 847

Theft: 1,692

Motor Vehicle Theft: 321


2. Camden, New Jersey

Camden is a larger medium sized city located in the state of New Jersey. The population of Camden is 77,332. There is a mixture of both white collar and blue collar workers, with many of its workers being sales and office workers, service providers, or working in the shipping and handling fields. Camden is knowns for its love level of education with only a very small percentage (8.23%) of the city’s population gaining a four year degree or higher. The annual income for a family of four is $54,000 and has 39% of its population living poverty. The majority of residents living in Camden report themselves as being of the black or African American race. There is also a strong Latino or Hispanic presence in the city. 47% of the population of Camden report some type of Latino or Hispanic descent.


The chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Camden, New Jersey is 1 in 49. Robbery occurs at a 1.02 rate per 1,000 people and the chances of being assaulted rises to a rate of 2.32 per every 1,000 people. In closing an individual’s chance of being a victim of a violent crime in Camden New Jersey is a 20.32 rate per every 1,000 people.

Quick Stats

Violent Crimes: 967

Property Crimes: 1,095

Robbery:

Assault: 692

Burglary: 314

Theft: 564

Motor Vehicle Theft: 217


1. East St. Louis, Illinois

East St. Louis is a medium sized city located in Illinois. The population of East St. Louis is 26, 672. There is a mixture of both white collar and blue collar workers, many working in the office administration and health services. East St. Louis is known for its low level of education with only a very small percentage (8%) of the population gaining a four year degree or higher. The annual income for a family of four is a mere $48,000 a year and has over 45% of its population living in poverty. The majority of East St. Louis residents report themselves as being of the black or African American race.

The chance of becoming a victim of a crime in East St. Louis is 1 in 28. Robbery occurs at a 6.97 rate per 1,000 people and the chances of being assaulted rises to a rate of 25.94 per every 1,000 people. In closing an individual’s chance of being a victim of a violent crime is a 36.26 rate per every 1,000 people.

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      Jason B Truth 5 months ago from United States of America

      I'm surprised that Los Angeles didn't make it on this top ten list of most dangerous cities in America. When I was living there back in the 1990s, there was over 200 murders there in one month alone one year. It made me glad to get away from there when I did.

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