The 11 Most Dangerous Cities In The United States


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To determine which cities in the United States are the most dangerous, we compiled data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report and viewed each city’s violent crime rate. Violent crimes include: murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assaults.

Only cities with populations of 100,000 people or more were considered for the list. Violent crime rate is calculated by dividing the total numbers of violent crime by the total population; the result is multiplied by 100,000.

The national average for violent crime is 398.5 per 100,000 people

11. Oakland, California – 1290.87 violent crimes per 100k

Population in 2020 440,646
Compared to National Average 324%
Murders in 2020 102
Murder Rate 23.14
Poverty Rate 16.7%

(Check out our full write-up for Oakland )

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10. New Orleans, Louisiana – 1324.35 violent crimes per 100,000k

Population in 2020
383,997

Compared to National Average 332%
Murders in 2020 195
Murder Rate 50.78
Poverty Rate 23.7%

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9. Albuquerque, New Mexico – 1343.62 violent crimes per 100,000k

Population in 2020 564,559
Compared to National Average 337% 
Murders in 2020 76
Murder Rate 13.46
Poverty Rate 16.9%

(Check out our full write-up for Albuquerque )

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8. San Bernardino, California – 1401.8 violent crimes per 100,000k

Population in 2020 222,101
Compared to National Average 351%
Murders in 2020 69
Murder Rate 31.06
Poverty Rate 26%

(Check out our full write-up for San Bernardino)

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7. Baltimore, Maryland – 1583.21 violent crimes per 100,000k

Population in 2020
585,708

Compared to National Average 397%
Murders in 2020 335
Murder Rate 57.19
Poverty Rate 16.7%

(Check out our full write-up for Baltimore )

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6. Kansas City, Missouri – 1585.91 violent crimes per 100,000k

Population 508,090
Compared to National Average 398%
Murders 176
Murder Rate 34.63
Poverty Rate 16.1%

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5. Milwaukee, Wisconsin – 1596.83 violent crimes per 100,000k

Population 577,222
Compared to National Average 400%
Murders 190
Murder Rate 32.91
Poverty Rate 16.7%

(Check out our full write-up for Milwaukee)

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4. Cleveland, Ohio – 1656.73 violent crimes per 100,000k

Population in 2020 372,624
Compared to National Average 415%
Murders in 2020 177
Murder Rate 47.5
Poverty Rate 32.7%

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3. St Louis, Missouri – 2016.27 violent crimes per 100,000k

Population in 2020 301,578
Compared to National Average 506%
Murders in 2020 262
Murder Rate 86.87
Poverty Rate 21.8%

(Check out our full write-up for St. Louis)

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2. Detroit, Michigan – 2178.54 violent crimes per 100,000k

Population in 2020 639,111
Compared to National Average 547%
Murders in 2020 327
Murder Rate 51.16
Poverty Rate 35%

(Check out our full write-up for Detroit )

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1. Memphis, Tennessee – 2351.99 violent crimes per 100,000k

Population in 2020 633,104
Compared to National Average 590%
Murders in 2020 334
Murder Rate 52.75
Poverty Rate 16.7%

(Check out our full write-up for Memphis)

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