Everyone can agree that America has some dangerous cities.  The odd thing is that organizations using the same FBI statistics can’t quite disagree on which is the worst.

CQ Press recently analyzed crime for communities with at least 75,000 people and determined the five cities with the worst statistics.  Using the most recent data available, which is for 2010, analysts looked at violent crime, as well as properties crime such as burglary and larceny which contribute to a dangerous atmosphere for residents.

  1.  Flint, Michigan
  2. Camden, New Jersey
  3. Detroit, Michigan
  4. St. Louis, Missouri
  5. Oakland, California

Camden has been on this list for the last ten years.  The troubling thing for residents of this and surrounding cities is that Camden recently cut its police force in half due to dwindling funds available from the State of New Jersey.

Forbes Magazine developed these top five cities using slightly different metrics.  They only included cities with a population of over 200,000.

  1. Detroit, Michigan
  2. Memphis, Tennessee
  3. Springfield, Illinois
  4. Flint, Michigan
  5. Anchorage, Alaska

In yet another way of looking at this data, Newsweek developed the following statistics:

  1. St. Louis, Missouri
  2. Atlanta,  Georgia
  3. Birmingham, Alabama
  4. Orlando, Florida
  5. Detroit, Michigan

Whiles these statistics can look alarming, there’s some good news to keep in mind.  Despite a worsening economy, crime has been trending downward since the 1990’s.

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