St. Louis most dangerous city in United States?


St. Louis overtook Camden, N.J., as the nation’s most dangerous city in 2009, according to a national study released Sunday.

The study 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.

Greg Scarbro, unit chief of the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program, said the FBI also discourages using the data for these types of rankings.

Kara Bowlin, spokeswoman for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay, said the city actually has been getting safer over the last few years. She said crime in St. Louis has gone down each year since 2007, and so far in 2010, St. Louis crime is down 7 percent.

Erica Van Ross, spokeswoman for the St. Louis Police Department, called the rankings irresponsible.

“Crime is based on a variety of factors. It’s based on geography, it’s based on poverty, it’s based on the economy,” Van Ross said.

“That is not to say that urban cities don’t have challenges, because we do,” Van Ross said. “But it’s that it’s irresponsible to use the data in this way.”

The top 25 most dangerous cities:

1. St. Louis, MO

2. Camden, NJ

3. Detroit, MI

4. Flint, MI

5. Oakland, CA

6. Richmond, CA

7. Cleveland, OH

8. Compton, CA

9. Gary, IN

10. Birmingham, AL

11. Baltimore, MD

12. Memphis, TN

13. New Orleans, LA

14. Jackson, MS

15. Little Rock, AR

16. Baton Rouge, LA

17. Buffalo, NY

18. New Haven, CT

19. Hartford, CT

20. Dayton, OH

21. Kansas City, MO

22. Washington, DC

23. Newark, NJ

24. Cincinnati, OH

25. Atlanta, GA

Tip o’ the hat to Julie!

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4 Responses to St. Louis most dangerous city in United States?

  1. A Michael J. Scott Reply

    November 23, 2010 at 10:16 am

    I find this hard to believe!!!

  2. Four Dinners Reply

    November 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Hayes Town, England.

    Be afraid…be very afraid…

  3. lazersedge Reply

    November 23, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    That’s only because Selma, Alabama isn’t big enough to count.

  4. Kyle Crocker Reply

    December 2, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I Believe it! I lived there for 6 years Had nothing but trouble! everything I had was stolen from me when I lived there My house was robbed at gun point! My best friends car was stolen 3 times! someone got shot and killed on my street. It was something bad every day have not ever had to deal with any of that since I moved to Denver!

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