Most Dangerous Cities in the US

Like most cities in the world, many American cities, too, witness a large number of violent crimes. In fact, the FBI collects the crime data from across the country and publishes a list of top 100 cities with the maximum number of violent crimes. Among the crimes that most frequently happen and need to be reported to police include murder, robbery, rape, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. The American police are one of the most advanced and professional police forces around the world. Still, violent crime is a reality and, in fact, a growing menace for most American cities.

St. Louis

Along the Mississippi River, St. Louis is an important industrial city in Missouri. It has one of the finest barbecue restaurants and blue music clubs. Among the industries that have their presence in the city include aviation, chemicals, biotechnology, electrical utilities, refining, research, food, and beverage manufacturing, telecommunications, and transportation. St. Louis has a population of 0.3 million people.

For a city of such a small population, it has an extremely high rate of crime, as tabulated per 100,000 people. The rate of total crime was 2082.29 per 100,000 people in 2017. Murder and non-negligent murder accounted for 66.07, rape 93.14, robbery 626.25 and aggravated crime 1296.55 per 100,000 people.

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It is clear St. Louis is one of the most crime infested cities in the US. There has not been any significant drop in the crime rate in recent years. Rather, it has gone up, every year, barring a few exceptions. Like all American cities, St. Louis has a highly pro-active police force to deal with any eventuality.

However, what is especially significant about the crime rate in St Louis is the high rate of rape. Besides other crimes, St Louis is particularly highly unsafe for women as the crime data shows. They must take extra caution when they are in St. Louis next time.
Total violent crime rate: 1,913.2 (as of 2016)
Total property crime rate: 5,930.9 (as of 2016)


Detroit in Michigan, with a population of about 0.67 million, is another American city that has an extremely high crime rate. According to FBI data, the total crime rate in the city was 2056.67 per 100,000 people in 2017. Murder and non-negligent murder accounted for 39.80, rape 103.91, robbery 393.42 and aggravated crime 1519.55 per 100,000 people.

Detroit is the largest of Michigan and a hub of the automobile industry. The high rate of crime in Detroit has often been a subject of serious contemplation in the police administration as well as in the government. However, the crime rate has never dropped in the city over the years, making it one of America’s most dangerous cities.

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Government agencies tried many different things to control the crime rate but only with little success. The high rate of rape and robbery incidents in the city shows that people are not afraid of taking the law in their hands. Even the elite police administration is no deterrence.

A better understanding of the crime trends can help develop more effective policy and action plan to reduce the crime rate and increase the sense of safety and security among the residents and visitors to the city.
Total violent crime rate: 1,749.5 (as of 2015)
Total property crime rate: 4070.1 (as of 2015)
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