Most Dangerous Cities in U.S.

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) -- A national study finds St. Louis overtook Camden, N.J., as the nation's most dangerous city in 2009.

The study released Sunday by CQ Press found St. Louis had 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 residents, compared with a national average of 429.4. That helped St. Louis beat out Camden, which topped last year's list and was the most dangerous city for 2003 and 2004.

Detroit, Flint, Mich., and Oakland, Calif., rounded out the top five.

For the second straight year, the safest city with more than 75,000 residents was Colonie, N.Y.

The annual rankings are based on population figures and crime data compiled by the FBI. Some criminologists question the findings, saying the methodology is unfair.

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  • by Anonymous on Nov 22, 2010 at 01:15 PM
    I think is is horrid that 2 MI cities are in the top 5 for the worst most crime ridden cities in the USA. Really makes you proud to know that MI has that pleasure. Worse than Chicago, almost anything in NY or NJ, and even worse than anything in CA. Something needs to be done NOW!! Do you think peole want to move into a state or bring business into a state that cann't control it's crime or criminal elements. Yet the state and cities keep letting cops go. Says a lot for MI doesn't it?
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