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Even though the United States is far from being one of the most dangerous countries, this nation has dangerous cities. Whether you are moving, traveling, or are just curious, it can be helpful to know which American cities are dangerous to protect yourself.

In this article, we will learn about the 25 most dangerous cities in America. We begin by looking at the top ten most dangerous cities before moving on to the next 15. Keep reading to learn more.

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Top 25 Most Dangerous Cities in the US: A Quick Look

1. Monroe, Louisiana

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Population:48,241
Average Household Income:$29,014
Poverty Rate:36.8%
Violent Crimes in 2021:2969.1 per 100K people

No matter what list you look at, Monroe is almost always ranked the most dangerous city in the United States. If not, it always ranks in the top five. With the highest number of violent crimes in the nation, Monroe is an incredibly dangerous city to live in.

Over the years, Monroe crimes have been increasing. Just since 2020, violent crimes have increased by 5%. In fact, homicides increased by 29% in 2020 alone.

Although this is a lot of violent crime compared to other American cities today, the violent crime rates of Monroe are low if you compare it to historical crime rates around the nation.

2. Memphis, Tennessee

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Population:651,932
Average Household Income:$41,228
Poverty Rate:25.1%
Violent Crimes in 2021:2350 per 100K people

The only other city that comes close to beating out Monroe for the title of most dangerous US city is Memphis. Unfortunately, Memphis and Munro are typically neck and neck in terms of crime.

Like Monroe, Memphis has been one of the more dangerous cities for a while. Over the last five years, crime has been increasing dramatically. Today, there is a 1 in 41 chance of you being a victim of a violent crime in Memphis. Likewise, there is a 1 in 17 chance of being a victim of a property crime.

3. Detroit, Michigan

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Population:674,841
Average Household Income:$30,894
Poverty Rate:35%
Violent Crimes in 2021:2178.5 per 100K people

In comparison to Monroe, Detroit is a much more known city. For years, Detroit has been one of the most violent cities in the nation. As a result, there has been a lot of effort to make Detroit safer over the years, but the effort has not been successful yet.

Hopefully, safety efforts will become effective and make Detroit a safer city to live in during a future period.

4. Saginaw, Michigan

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Population:48,650
Average Household Income:$29,582
Poverty Rate:34.8%
Violent Crimes in 2021:2154.2 per 100K people

Fourth on our list is Saginaw. Saginaw is much smaller than Detroit, but its crime statistics are not much lower. Saginaw is only safer than 6% of other US cities, notably the top three on our list. This makes Saginaw a relatively dangerous area to live in.

Your chances of being a victim of a violent crime in the city are 1 in 42. To put that in perspective, the chances of being a victim of a violent crime in Michigan at large is only 1 in 212.

5. St. Louis, Missouri

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Population:308,174
Average Household Income:$67,420
Poverty Rate:21.8%
Violent Crimes in 2021:2016.3 per 100K people

St. Louis is consistently ranked as one of the more dangerous cities in the country. However, the number of violent crimes in St. Louis has consistently been decreasing over the years. Especially since the local government started the downtown safety initiative, crime in St. Louis has decreased slowly but surely.

Today, your chances of being the victim of a violent crime in St. Louisis 1 in 50. In comparison, the chances of being made the victim of a property crime are 1 in 17.

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6. Little Rock, Arkansas

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Population:197,958
Average Household Income:$52,485
Poverty Rate:16.6%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1849.9 per 100K people

The crime rate in Little Rock is much higher than the national average. Shockingly, Little Rock’s crime rates are about 186% higher than the nation’s average. Violent crime specifically is 377% higher.

Still, you’re much more likely to become the victim of a property crime than a violent crime in Little Rock. This is the same no matter where you are in the country.

7. Alexandria, Louisiana

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Much like Saginaw, Alexandria proves that a lot of violent crime can happen in small cities, not just large cities. The most dangerous part of Alexandria is in the metro area. This makes sense, given that there are more people in the metro.

In Alexandria, both violent and property crime is high. The US average violent crime is 22.7, but it is 83.8 in Alexandria. Likewise, the US average for property crime is 35.4, but it is 95.4 in this city.

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8. Pine Bluff, Arkansas

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Population:42,091
Average Household Income:$43,723
Poverty Rate:26.8%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1832.1 per 100K people

Even though Pine Bluff is not the first small town on our list, this town is consistently referred to as the “Most Dangerous Small Town” in the United States. This little farming community is often compared to Detroit for its high amount of crime.

Generally speaking, the southwest area of Pine Bluff, Arkansas is considered the most dangerous. Just like every other city on this list, the property crime rating is much higher in Pine Bluff than violent crime.

9. South Bend, Indiana

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Population:102,037
Average Household Income:$40,265
Poverty Rate:23.6%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1728.4 per 100K people

Even though South Bend is not one of our top five most dangerous cities, it is considered one of the most dangerous cities in terms of homicides. That’s because this city has one of the highest murder rates in the country.

The national average for homicide is 6.5 for every 100,000 people. In this Indiana town, there are about 27.4 murders for every 100,000 people. This shows just how dangerous South Bend is.

10. Albany, Georgia

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Population:73,478
Average Household Income:$36,615
Poverty Rate:30.8%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1724.3 per 100K people

The tenth most dangerous city in the United States is Albany, Georgia. In 2020 alone, almost 1500 violent crimes were reported in the metro area. As a result, the crime rate for this city is 161% higher than the national average.

In Albany, you have a 1 in 22 chance of being a victim of a property crime. In comparison, you have a 1 in 56 chance of being the victim of a violent crime in the same area.

11. Danville, Illinois

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Population:31,246
Average Household Income:$36,172
Poverty Rate:29.4%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1671.7 per 100K people
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One of the smaller cities on our list is Danville, Illinois. Even though this town is very small, it has quite a lot of crime and unsafe areas. Danville is so dangerous that it is considered the most dangerous metro in the state, being the second most dangerous metro in the entire Midwest.

As of 2021, your chances of being the victim of a violent crime in Danville is about 1 in 58. In comparison, the chance of being the victim of a property crime is about 1 in 25.

12. Cleveland, Ohio

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Population:385,282
Average Household Income:$30,907
Poverty Rate:32.7%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1656.7 per 100K people

Over the last few years, Cleveland has seen a pretty steady decrease in inhabitants. The relatively high crime rate might be to blame.

Cleveland has had a long history of crime that dates back all the way to some of the first settlers. Today, your chance of being made the victim of a violent crime is about 1 in 59 in Cleveland, whereas the chance of being made the victim of a property crime is about 1 in 24.

13. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Population:594,548
Average Household Income:$41,838
Poverty Rate:25.4%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1596.8 per 100K people

Most of the dangerous cities we have looked at are relatively small, with the exception of Detroit and Memphis. Milwaukee is another big city that has some pretty shocking crime statistics.

The violent crime rate in Milwaukee is almost five times higher than the state average. Similarly, it is a little over four times higher than the national average. Interestingly, the Milwaukee property crime is only about two times higher than the state average and one time higher than the national average.

14.Wilmington, Delaware

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When most people imagine crime, Delaware is not one of the top states that come to mind. Regardless of that fact, Wilmington is one of the more dangerous cities in the nation. The rate of crime in Wilmington is about 41 out of 1000 residents.

Wilmington’s violent crime is about 80.1, with the US average being 22.7. As for property crime, the Wilmington rate is 68.7, with the national average being 35.4.

15. Kansas City, Missouri

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Population:486,404
Average Household Income:$54,194
Poverty Rate:16.1%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1585.9 per 100K people

By 2022, Kansas City is the 15th most dangerous city in the nation. Although 15th place isn’t great news, it is good in comparison to past years. In the past, Kansas City has ranked in the top ten more than once, thanks to the likes of Pretty Boy Floyd.

Nevertheless, homicide is still at a huge high in Kansas City. 2021 has been the second-worst year for homicides in the city, second only to 2020. At least crime as a whole is decreasing.

16. Springfield, Missouri

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Population:167,051
Average Household Income:$36,856
Poverty Rate:22.9%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1507.2 per 100K people

Right behind Kansas City is Springfield. This makes the third Missouri City on our list. Needless to say, Missouri does seem to have a crime problem, much like Michigan.

In comparison to the national average, crime rates are 261% higher in Springfield. Your chances of being a victim of a violent crime in Springfield are relatively low, with the chances being 1 in 66. However, your chances of being the victim of a property crime are much higher at 1 in 14.

17. Florence, South Carolina

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Population:38,487
Average Household Income:$49,525
Poverty Rate:19.1%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1456.1 per 100K people

In all of South Carolina, Florence is considered the most dangerous metro. Even though it is not the most dangerous metro in the United States, it certainly is very high, especially considering its population number.

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The chances of becoming a victim of violent crime in Florence is 1 in 69. However, you are much more likely to be the victim of a property crime.

18. Rockford, Illinois

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Population:147,070
Average Household Income:$44,252
Poverty Rate:22.3%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1451 per 100K people

Placed in the 18th spot, Rockford has a serious gang and gun problem. Even though Rockford is not the top city associated with gang violence, gang violence is responsible for the majority of its violent crimes.

Unfortunately, crime in Rockford is only increasing. Violent crime specifically is on the rise due to its association with gang violence and gun violence in the area.

19. Lansing, Michigan

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Population:117,159
Average Household Income:$41,674
Poverty Rate:24.6%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1431.9 per 100K people

Over the last couple of years, crime in Lansing has increased. From property violence to the infamous Smiley Face Killers theory, Lansing is at the heart of a lot of crime. Still, crime rates seem to drop off a lot at this point in comparison to the last 18 cities.

In Lansing, the violent crime rate is about 55.7, whereas the national average is 22.7. Meanwhile, the property crime rate in Lansing is 45, only about 10 points higher than the US average.

20. Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Population:76,019
Average Household Income:$41,774
Poverty Rate:28.4%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1431.7 per 100K people

The fourth Michigan City on our list is Kalamazoo. Although Kalamazoo is number 20 on our list, it has one of the highest property crime rates. Your chances of being the victim of a property crime in Kalamazoo is just 1 in 20.

Luckily, violent crime is not as common in Kalamazoo. The chances of you becoming the victim of a violent crime are 1 in 67. This is a large gap between the violent and property crime rates.

21. Spartanburg, South Carolina

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Population:37,424
Average Household Income:$52,332
Poverty Rate:23.3%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1430.5 per 100K people

Spartanburg is another city that has a huge disparity between violent and property crimes. The chances of being the victim of a violent crime in Spartanburg is 1 in 72. Although this is still higher than the national average, it is much lower than some of the other cities we’ve looked at.

In comparison, the chances of being the victim of a property crime are high in Spartanburg, even when you look at cities ranking higher on this list. Your chances of being the victim of a property crime in Spartanburg is 1 in 17.

22. Canton, Ohio

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Population:71,243
Average Household Income:$32,287
Poverty Rate:30.8%
Violent Crimes in 2021:14208.9 per 100K people

The crime rate in Canton is almost three times greater than the national average. As with any other dangerous city, property crime is much more prevalent in Canton than violent crimes, but both are still common.

The violent crime rate of Canton is 51.7, whereas the property crime rate is 74.5. To put that in perspective, the US average crime rate is 22.7 for violent crime and 35.4 for property crime.

23. Pontiac, Michigan

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Population:59,955
Average Household Income:$33,568
Poverty Rate:30.7%
Violent Crimes in 2021:9 per 100K people

Pontiac is another Michigan city to make the top 25 most dangerous cities in the US list. The crime rate in Pontiac is nearly identical to the crime rate in Canton, especially when it comes to violent crime.

Interestingly, there is a pretty big dropout in terms of property crime when you get to Pontiac. The property crime rate is just 37.1, less than two points higher than the national average at 35.4.

24. San Bernardino, California

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Population:216,089
Average Household Income:$45,834
Poverty Rate:26%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1401.8 per 100K people

San Bernardino is considered an incredibly violent area. The crime rate in the city is 79% higher than the national average and 43% higher than the national average in property crime.

What is scary is the fact that violent crime is incredibly high in San Bernardino, California. Its crime rate is 261% higher than the national average.

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25. Terre Haute, Indiana

Population:60,673
Average Household Income:$34,746
Poverty Rate:26.4%
Violent Crimes in 2021:1381.1 per 100K people

Finally, the last city we are going to look at is Terre Haute, Indiana. Terre Haute proves that where you are in the city can dramatically impact your risk of being made the victim of a crime.

The most dangerous part of this city is in western neighborhoods. There, your chance of being the victim of any crime is 1 in 16. In comparison, the safest part of the city is in the southeast. There, the chances of being the victim of a crime are 1 in 78.

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In comparison to many countries, the United States is incredibly safe. The United States does not fare very well in comparison to other majorly developed countries, such as those in Europe.

According to the world population review, The United States is considered the 36th most dangerous country. On the peace index, it gets a 2.401. In comparison, Iceland is considered one of the most peaceful countries, with a peace rating of 1.072. It is the 161st most dangerous country.

These ratings tell us that the United States is much safer compared to developing nations like Afghanistan and Syria. However, the United States does not fare as well compared to other developed Western nations.

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How to Stay Safe in the US

The best way to stay safe in the United States is to be smart about where you are and who you communicate with. The United States is well policed so that tourists and residents can be relatively safe.

Whenever you are staying in your home or at a hotel, make sure that all doors and windows are completely secured and locked. Likewise, be aware of your surroundings when entering the home or venturing out.

Try to avoid strangers as well. If you need to ask for directions, try to communicate with individuals of the community you can trust, such as police officers or business owners. These individuals will get you the help you need without risking much safety.

When out on the town, don’t go out by yourself, stick to well-populated areas, and don’t flash a lot of money, electronics, or other high-ticket items. Just by being with others and by being smart, you are much less likely to be the victim of a crime.

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Conclusion

As we learned above, there are some cities in the United States that are not very safe. Monroe, Louisiana, and Memphis, Tennessee are often neck and neck as being the most dangerous cities. Detroit, Michigan follows close in third.

Because of the crime rates in these cities, it’s important that you are safe when out on the town. By practicing smart decisions, you will decrease the chances of being made the victim of a crime. Regardless, be safe and take care of yourself!

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Contents

  • 1 Top 25 Most Dangerous Cities in the US: A Quick Look
    • 1.1 1. Monroe, Louisiana
    • 1.2 2. Memphis, Tennessee
    • 1.3 3. Detroit, Michigan
    • 1.4 4. Saginaw, Michigan
    • 1.5 5. St. Louis, Missouri
    • 1.6 6. Little Rock, Arkansas
    • 1.7 7. Alexandria, Louisiana
    • 1.8 8. Pine Bluff, Arkansas
    • 1.9 9. South Bend, Indiana
    • 1.10 10. Albany, Georgia
    • 1.11 11. Danville, Illinois
    • 1.12 12. Cleveland, Ohio
    • 1.13 13. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    • 1.14 14.Wilmington, Delaware
    • 1.15 15. Kansas City, Missouri
    • 1.16 16. Springfield, Missouri
    • 1.17 17. Florence, South Carolina
    • 1.18 18. Rockford, Illinois
    • 1.19 19. Lansing, Michigan
    • 1.20 20. Kalamazoo, Michigan
    • 1.21 21. Spartanburg, South Carolina
    • 1.22 22. Canton, Ohio
    • 1.23 23. Pontiac, Michigan
    • 1.24 24. San Bernardino, California
    • 1.25 25. Terre Haute, Indiana
  • 2 How Does the US Compare to Other Countries?
  • 3 How to Stay Safe in the US
  • 4 Conclusion

FAQs

What is the most dangerous city in the United States 2022? ›

In 2022, The top 10 most dangerous cities in the US are Little Rock, Memphis, Tacoma, Detroit, Pueblo, Cleveland, Springfield, Lansing, Kansas City and Chattanooga. The below list is the most dangerous cities in the US in 2021 by Rank, based on the metro areas murder and property crime rates per 1,000 people.

What is the most dangerous city in the world in 2022? ›

In 2022, the homicides rate of Tijuana in Mexico was 138 for every 100,000 people living in the city.

What US city has the most crime? ›

St. Louis was named the most dangerous city in America. In its analysis, MoneyGeek ranked 297 cities with populations over 100,000 people from most to least safe.

What is the number 1 dangerous city in the world? ›

Murder rate: 138 per 100,000 inhabitants

Tijuana is the most dangerous city in the world with 138 homicides per 100K people. Almost seven people are killed every day in this city. This city is famous for poverty and violent crime like rape, homicides, and kidnapping, etc.

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