America is a country known for its hospitality and generosity however crime continues to plague the most dangerous cities in America. Factors in the rates of crime include poverty, gang violence, armed robberies, and lack of police funding. The good news is that violent crime has decreased dramatically in the past quarter century. Most notable is the decrease in property crimes such as burglary and motor vehicle theft. FBI reports show the drop in crime rates across the country although many citizens believe the crime rates to be higher than they are.
The violent crime rate in Detroit, Michigan is 2,123 crimes per 100,000 people making it the most dangerous city in America. It is important to note that the rates of crime in Detroit have been decreasing. The city’s crime rates have been the highest of other American cities since the 1970s. Most common crimes include:
Oakland, California’s crime rate is 1,993 crimes per 100,000 people making it the second most dangerous city in America. The city’s crime rate started escalating in the 1960s. Although it ranks high on the list of America’s most dangerous cities, there has been significant progress in crime reduction. Crimes committed with guns are mostly in neighborhoods that are plagued by poverty. Most crimes connect to the city’s drug trade as it is a major center for heroin and cocaine distribution. The rates of robbery are high, and the narcotics trade incites gang violence with the use of weapons.
The crime rate in St. Louis, Missouri is one of the highest in America with 1,777 crimes committed per 100,000 people. Crime rates peaked in 1993 and have been steadily on the decrease. The homicide rates are high compared to other states in America. Men commit most murders. Many of the crimes are centralized in a triangular area in the north part of St. Louis.
Memphis, Tennessee is the fourth most dangerous city in the United States. Crime rates are 1,750 per 100,000 people. This populous city has been amongst the top violent cities for the past ten years. Violent crime is decreasing. Two factors contributing to the high crime rate include poverty and a high unemployment rate.
Stockton, California ranks fifth on the list of America’s top ten most dangerous cities having a crime rate of 1,548 crimes per 100,000 people. Aggravated assault is the most committed crime in the city. The incidents of rape and homicide have gone up slightly. Other crimes are decreasing including property crimes and burglary.
Birmingham, Alabama, the most populated city in the state, ranks sixth in the top ten most dangerous cities in America. The crime rate is 1,518 per 100,000 people. Like other cities in the United States, the poverty rate is high in areas prone to acts of crime. Another major factor in crime is the region’s problem with the drug trade. The upside is that the rates of crime have been decreasing since their peak in the mid-1990s.
The city of Baltimore, Maryland is the largest city in the state; it has a crime rate of 1,405 crimes per 100,000 people making it the seventh most dangerous city in America. While many neighborhoods are safe, there are areas where the region is infested with violent crimes in the city proper. The violent crime rates are higher than the national average.
Cleveland, Ohio has a crime rate of 1,384 crimes per 100,000 people making it the eight most dangerous city in America. Homicide and robbery rates have increased. There was a noticeable decrease in the numbers of rapes, non-fatal shootings, and aggravated assaults. Citizens have a one in five chance of becoming a victim of a crime.
The ninth most dangerous city in America is Atlanta, Georgia; there are on average 1,379 crimes committed per 100,000 people. The city is a major access point in the drug trade creating conditions favorable for narcotics-related crimes. Most crimes are committed in the western parts of the city and the neighborhoods Grove Park, Center Hill, and Bankhead.
Buffalo, New York has a crime rate of 1,238 crimes per 100,000 people. It is the tenth most dangerous city in America. The crime rates have been decreasing from the high levels in the 1990s. Because of the city’s 30 percent poverty rate, the police are finding it difficult to lower the number of incidents. Gang patrols helped to lower the homicide rates; murder incidents are the lowest they have been in ten years.