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 less than 200,000 people, 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 8 different states, as Connecticut has three of the top 10 cities listed.
Most Dangerous Cities in 2013 in cities with less than 200,000 people (based on FBI data)
- Flint, Michigan
- New Haven, Connecticut
- Rockford, Illinois
- Hartford, Connecticut
- Little Rock, Arkansas
- Bridgeport, Connecticut
- Richmond, California
- Odessa, Texas
- Paterson, New Jersey
- Springfield, Massachusetts
Flint, Michigan – which had 2,729 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2012 – has had an increase in its crime rate from 2011 when it had 2,336 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. Flint, Michigan is named the most dangerous city in America for a second straight year.