18 US Cities Facing a Growing Safety Crisis

Crime is an unfortunate reality in this world and inevitably occurs in every country, state, and city. However, some cities have the bad luck of being more adversely affected by crime than others. We’ve compiled a list of 18 American cities where crime levels are at their peak.

St. Louis, Missouri

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It’s not a title any city wants to own, but St Louis, Missouri, currently has the highest level of violent crime in the U.S. The violent crime rate stands at 2,082 incidents per 100,000 people, with particularly high levels of homicide, assault, and armed robbery.

Detroit, Michigan

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Hot on the heels of St. Louis is Detroit, Michigan. Detroit comes in a close second place for violent crime, with 2,057 incidents per 100,000 people. The city has a particular issue with robbery and aggravated assault.

Baltimore, Maryland

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Baltimore, Maryland, is yet another violent city, with 2,027 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 residents. According to the World Population Review, this makes Baltimore the third most violent U.S. city. Notable challenges for the region include drug trafficking and gang violence.

Memphis, Tennessee

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Memphis is known as the Home of the Blues and the Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll, but unfortunately, it has also become infamous for its darker side. Memphis comes fourth on the list of cities with the highest rates of violent crime, with 2,003 incidents per 100,000 people.

Little Rock, Arkansas

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You may not expect it from its innocent-sounding name, but Little Rock, Arkansas, is currently struggling with significant levels of crime. The city’s violent crime rate stands at 1,634 incidents per 100,000 people, with particularly frequent incidents of gang crime and robberies.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is another city high on the list for violent crimes, with 1,597 incidents per 100,000 people. Murder, aggravated assault, and property crime are among some of the most pressing issues the city is currently facing.

Rockford, Illinois

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Rockford, Illinois, has one of the highest crime rates in America. The city’s crime rate stands at 41 per 1,000 people, and its violent crime rate is 1,588 per 100,000 residents. Both property and violent crime are high in the region, but Rockford also has issues with high levels of drug abuse.

Cleveland, Ohio

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Cleveland’s economic challenges have unfortunately exacerbated its problem with crime. The city’s violent crime rate is 1,557 per 100,000 people, and it also has a higher-than-average property crime rate. Gang crime is another significant factor contributing to the city’s violence issue.

Stockton, California

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California is a beautiful state, but unfortunately, that doesn’t make it immune to crime. Stockton, California, has a violent crime rate of 1,415 per 100,000 people. The city particularly struggles with incidents of gang violence and drug-related crimes.

Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Albuquerque, New Mexico, is facing high levels of both property and violent crime. The violent crime rate currently stands at 1,369 incidents per 100,000 residents. However, the city is in the process of addressing these issues with initiatives focused on mental health and community policing.

Springfield, Missouri

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Another city that’s working on improving its high crime levels is Springfield, Missouri. The city is struggling with drug abuse and high levels of assault, contributing to its high violent crime rate of 1,339 incidents per 100,000 people. Community engagement and crime prevention programs have been introduced to tackle these issues.

Indianapolis, Indiana

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Indianapolis, Indiana, is the state’s most populous city, but also its most violent. Indianapolis has a high violent crime rate of 1,334 incidents per 100,000 people, with gang activity and firearm violence being two major concerns.

Oakland, California

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Oakland is another California city battling high levels of crime. The city’s struggle with gun violence and economic disparity is a significant factor in the issue. Oakland has a violent crime rate of 1,299 per 100,000 people, with robbery being one of the most prominent crimes.

San Bernardino, California

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Yet another Californian city making the list is San Bernardino. This city also has significant issues with gang violence and drug abuse, which contribute to its high violent crime rate of 1,291 per 100,000 people. Homicide rates are unfortunately up 17% in the region.

Anchorage, Alaska

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Anchorage, Alaska, has a particular issue with alcohol-related crimes. According to its local government, bootlegging of alcohol is one of its most serious drug-related issues. Violent crime is also a pressing issue in the area, with 1,203 incidents per 100,000 people.

Nashville, Tennessee

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Nashville, Tennessee, is another city with relatively high crime levels. The region has a violent crime rate of 1,138 incidents per 100,000 residents. Gun violence and drug trafficking are among other significant issues affecting the city.

Lansing, Michigan

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Lansing’s struggle with economic disparity is a significant factor in its above-average crime rate. The city has rather high violent crime levels, with 1,136 incidents of violent crime per 100,000 people.

New Orleans, Louisiana

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We’re closing out this list way down in New Orleans. This Louisiana city unfortunately has a significant issue with drug-related crime, firearm violence, and other violent crimes. Violent crime levels are relatively high, at 1,121 per 100,000 inhabitants.

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