Avoiding moving into a Crime Filled City

Our Top Dangerous Cities – Last Updated November 2, 2021.

When you are measuring a city’s safety, in particular when you are comparing them, it necessitates a full count of the total number and types of violent crimes in each city. This gets each city on an even playing field.

It is a fact that bigger cities have more crime. Easy to guess why, because they have more people living there! The truth of the matter is that you are less likely to be a victim of a crime in a larger city because of the reduced criminal activity.  We did our reviews on the 25 most dangerous cities in the US and compiled the facts and statistics for you below.

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Crimes included in this report are:

1 – Camden, NJ

camden street ally

Modern suburban streets filled with crimes and misdemeanors in Camden, NJ.

Camden is a large, medium-sized city with a population of approximately 76,900 people. It is the 9th largest community within the state of New Jersey. Some say that Detroit should have taken the number one spot, but truth be told, there are places far worse.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 1,973

Property Crimes (Annually): 3,272

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 39

2 – Chester, PA

chester PA shooting report

Chester also rhymes with…

Chester is a medium-sized city with a population of approximately 34,046 people. It is the 22nd largest community within the state of Pennsylvania.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 733

Property Crimes (Annually): 1,193

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 46

3 – Detroit, MI

detroit-dangerous-city

Detroit has kept this high crime rating for decades

Detroit is a large city with a population of approximately 688,701 people. It is the largest community within the state of Michigan. Some people might be surprised at the fact that this city doesn’t rank in the number one spot. Yeah, we get it. It’s hard to imagine a place with more rampant crime than Detroit, but those do exist, as you have just seen above.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 14,534

Property Crimes (Annually): 41,030

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 47

4 – Saginaw, MI

Riot jumping on police cars

Not a great place to be a policeman

Saginaw is a larger, medium-sized city with a population of approximately 50,303 people. It is the 29th largest community within the state of Michigan. You can probably guess from the picture above why it’s on this list.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 1,007

Property Crimes (Annually): 1,561

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 50

5 – Oakland, CA

Oakland crime scene

Oakland is known for its notorious gangs

It might as well be called Gangland, CA.  Lots of good parts and fun things to do there but just be careful of venturing off the road into the ghetto.  Oakland is a large coastal city (on an ocean, lake, or bay) and has a population of approximately 406,253 people. It is the 8th largest community within the state of California. And California as a whole is not exactly known for being peaceful and quiet, is it?

Violent Crimes (Annually): 8,099

Property Crimes (Annually): 25,781

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 50

6 – Bessemer, AL

Bessemer Crime stats

Risk rates are shown for the area of Bessemer in AL

Bessemer is a medium-sized city with a population of approximately 27,053 people. It is the 17th largest community within the state of Alabama.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 527

Property Crimes (Annually): 3,199

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 51

7 – Flint, MI

God Help us Save Flint MI

Graffiti from local residents asking to save Flint, MI.

Flint is a larger, medium-sized city with a population of approximately 99,763 people. It is the 7th largest community within the state of Michigan.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 1,931

Property Crimes (Annually): 4,427

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 52

8 – Atlantic City, NJ

Atlantic City NJ

A fun city, but be ever so careful where you tour around in Atlantic City, NJ.

Atlantic City is a medium-sized coastal city with a population of approximately 39,551 people. It is the 42nd largest community within the state of New Jersey.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 689

Property Crimes (Annually): 2,480

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 57

9 – Wilmington, DE

Guy walking dog in Wilmington DE

The biggest city in DE also has the highest crime rate.

Wilmington is a large, medium-sized city with a population of approximately 71,525 people. It is the largest community within the state of Delaware.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 1,223

Property Crimes (Annually): 4,433

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 58

10 – Memphis, TN

Memphis warning billboard

The billboard that is seen upon entering Memphis, TN. It’s not exactly what you want to see going home each day…

Memphis is a large city with a population of approximately 653,450 people. It is the largest community within the state of Tennessee.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 10,905

Property Crimes (Annually): 40,182

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 60

11- Alexandria, LA

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Alexandria is a medium-sized city with a population of approximately 48,426 people. It is the 10th largest community within the state of Louisiana.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 808

Property Crimes (Annually): 3,880

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 60

12 – Myrtle Beach, SC

Myrtle Beach crime

Filled with tourism, fun, and, unfortunately, crime.

Myrtle Beach is a medium-sized coastal city with a population of approximately 29,175. It is the 14th largest community within the state of South Carolina.  Thousands of tourists flock to their beaches each year so typically you are safe along the beachfront which has lots of security guards.  Just be careful not to venture too far into the city if visiting.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 475

Property Crimes (Annually): 4,575

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 61

13 – Harvey, IL

fire arbitrage in Harvey IL

The damage was done via a provoked fire. Harvey, IL has a high number of property crimes committed each year.

Harvey is a medium-sized city with a population of approximately 25,361 people. It is the 89th largest community within the state of Illinois.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 411

Property Crimes (Annually): 1,422

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 62

14 – St. Louis, MO

st louis ghetto with arch

Just beyond the arch lies a city of crime

Not the typical picture of the arch you are used to seeing… St. Louis is a large city with a population of approximately 318,416 people. It is the 2nd largest community within the state of Missouri.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 5,077

Property Crimes (Annually): 21,087

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 63

15 – Newburgh, NY

graffiti street in Newburgh NY

Street image was taken in the 2000s of Newburgh

Newburgh is a medium-sized city with a population of 28,480 people. It is the 46th largest community within the state of New York.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 451

Property Crimes (Annually): 1,106

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 63

16 – Scranton, PA

Scranton, PA view of Joe Biden Way street sign
Scranton, PA view of Joe Biden Way street sign

Scranton is alarmingly unsafe compared to most of Pennsylvania. That’s quite disturbing when you consider that it’s the sixth-largest city within that state. But just how unsafe is it? Well, take a look for yourself:

Violent Crimes (Annually): 1,206

Property Crimes (Annually): 1,347

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 64

17 – Pine Bluff, AR

Pine Bluff, AR buildings showcase
Pine Bluff, AR buildings showcase

Located in Jefferson County, Pine Bluff is the tenth-largest city within Arkansas. Sadly, it’s also one of the most violent and villainous within the state, making it truly undesirable for those who want to move there.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 644

Property Crimes (Annually): 2,394

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 64

18 – Cleveland, OH

cleveland OH city

Cleveland Rocks! Like all big Metropolises, there are good and bad parts.

Cleveland is a large city with a population of 390, 113 people. It is the 2nd largest community within the state of Ohio.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 5,752

Property Crimes (Annually): 23,210

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 68

19 – Homestead, FL

Crime Scene at the beach

What lies beyond the beach…

Homestead is large, medium-sized coastal city with a population of 64, 079 people. It is the 42nd largest community within the state of Florida.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 922

Property Crimes (Annually): 3,315

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 70

20 – Baltimore, MD

boarded up houses in Baltimore MD

Baltimore has American history and a solid crime history

Baltimore is a very large coastal city with a population of approximately 622, 104 people. It is the largest community within the state of Maryland.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 8,884

Property Crimes (Annually): 31,431

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 70

21 – Little Rock, AR

little rock ghetto map

The river makes for a beautiful scenic small-town capital.  The city of Little Rock behind it has many shootings.

Good BBQ food but that doesn’t mean it’s the safest town.  Some staff of Alarm Reviews has actually sold home security systems in Little Rock, AR, and was close to shootings during noon daylight several times.  We lived close to the river and enjoyed the city and people, a lot of religious good people.  But South of downtown is miles of the ghetto so be careful before moving in.  Little Rock is a comparatively large city with a population of approximately 197, 357 people. It is the largest community within the state of Arkansas.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 2,790

Property Crimes (Annually): 15,776

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 71

22 – Rockford, IL

rockford IL

Rockford is a fairly large city with a population of approximately 150, 249 people. It is the 3rd largest community within the state of Illinois.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 2,110

Property Crimes (Annually): 7,151

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 71

23 – Spartanburg, SC

spot crime screenshot of Spartanburg SC

Screenshot taken using Spotcrime app of Spartanburg SC.

Spartanburg is a medium-sized city with a population of approximately 37, 647 people. It is the 11th largest community within the state of South Carolina.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 527

Property Crimes (Annually): 2,697

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 71

24 – Fort Pierce, FL

fort pierce FL map

Fort Pierce is a medium-sized coastal city with a population of approximately 43, 074 people. It is the 67th largest community within the state of Florida.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 591

Property Crimes (Annually): 2,299

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 73

25 – Milwaukee, WI

Murder graph for cities in WI

Beautiful city that loves their selection of draft beers.  After a night of drinking make sure to have a ride home..

Milwaukee is a very large city with a population of approximately 599, 164 people. It is the largest community within the state of Wisconsin.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 8,211

Property Crimes (Annually): 27,463

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 73

26 – Jackson, TN

Jackson TN police badge

Jackson police department badge, shown with pride and full honors

Jackson is a large, medium-sized city with a population of approximately 67, 685 people. It is the 7th largest community within the state of Tennessee.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 925

Property Crimes (Annually): 3,455

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 73

27 – Bridgeton, NJ

Bridgeton NJ protest

Protest seen in the streets of Bridgeton NJ

Bridgeton is a medium-sized coastal city with a population of approximately 25, 252 people. It is the 72nd largest community within the state of New Jersey.

Violent Crimes (Annually): 345

Property Crimes (Annually): 1,186

Chances of Being a Victim of a Crime: 1 in 73

Summary for the Most Dangerous cities in America

While getting on a list like this is never pleasant, it can be informative and helpful. Law enforcement can’t do it alone. This is why it is recommended that people should take responsibility for protecting themselves, such as purchasing a home security system equipped with a panic button. There are many on the market today that will satisfy your price range, check them out here.[frontpage_news widget=”4288″ name=”Trending Articles”]

Update Regarding Dangerous Cities and Other Considerations

Considering all of the things that have happened during the Covid-19 pandemic, especially in 2020, we can expect these statistics to shift around in no time. Without getting political, you have to admit that some of the riots and happenings, especially during the first half of 2020, have been quite devastating.

We want to stay neutral and present to you the facts, that’s why you can expect to see this article updated yet again somewhere in the near future. As any respectable entity, we want our readers to be able to avoid the most dangerous cities if they plan on moving to another location any time soon.

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