The most dangerous cities in America are determined by a city’s size. There are two categories for the size factor: cities that have a population of 200,000 and larger – and cities that have a population of less than 200,000. The data for this list reveals the most dangerous cities in the United States that have 200,000 people or more, according to the FBI’s data-findings analyzed by Law Street.
Beyond a city’s population, which helps measure the number of violent crimes occurred per 100,000 people during a given period of time, the crime data is analyzed. The crimes are of a variety of types, including aggravated assaults, robberies, rapes, and murders – which is a portion of the aggregate violent crime rate.
The data gathered throughout the past year was reported on in November of 2013 and lists the ten most dangerous cities in the United States. The top 10 cities are from 9 different states, as California is the only state with two cities listed in the top 10.
Most Dangerous Cities in 2013 in cities with 200,000 people or more (based on FBI data)
- Detroit, Michigan
- Oakland, California
- St. Louis, Missouri
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Stockton, California
- Birmingham, Alabama
- Baltimore, Maryland
- Cleveland, Ohio
- Atlanta, Georgia
- Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Detroit, Michigan – which had 2,122.91 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2012 – is reportedly second only to Flint, Michigan which is number one on the ‘small cities’ list of the most dangerous cities in the United States.
The report suggests that Detroit’s dismal economy and job market, accompanied with approximately 78,000 abandoned homes contributes to the crime found in the city. With a population of approximately 700,000 persons, the city has a murder rate of 54.59 per 100,000 people. Though the unemployment rate in Detroit was 18.2 percent four years ago, it is still well above the national average at the end of 2013 with a 10.5 percent unemployment rate. The median household income for its citizens is $27,862.
Last year, Detroit was also ranked as the most dangerous city (with a population of 200,000 or more)