20 Most Dangerous Cities in the USA

20 Most Dangerous Cities in the USA

What are the most dangerous cities in the United States? To get the lowdown on the cities in the US that are the most dangerous with the highest crime rates, we compared and analyzed the crime data in the recently updated FBI Uniform Crime Reports for over 9,000 cities and towns around the United States. A crime is a crime, so we took both violent and property crimes into account when compiling our list of the nation’s most dangerous cities. Our list of dangerous cities, however, is ranked according to violent crime rate.*

We realize that this topic is inherently controversial in nature and hits close to home. We are aware that there are many different ways to present this data, but when compiling this list we chose to consider not just murder rate, but both violent and property crimes. Our list is ranked by violent crime rate, but check each city listing to get a general idea of the city’s ranking in terms of overall criminal offenses. Only cities with violent crime rates over 15 and populations over 10,000 were included. We also excluded cities with overall crime rates under 50.

1. Darby, PA: The Most Dangerous City in the USA

20 Most Dangerous Cities in the USA: Darby, PA

Population: 10,680
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 43.63 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 49.16 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 92.79 per 1,000 residents

Darby has a crime rate of about 93 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Darby? One in 11.

Darby’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #13

These statistics make Darby the most dangerous city in America.

2. Opa Locka, FL

20 Most Dangerous Cities in the USA: Opa Locka, FL

Population: 15,848
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 31.23 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 82.34 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 113.58 per 1,000 residents

Opa Locka has a crime rate of about 114 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Opa Locka? One in 9.

Opa Locka’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #7

3. Florida City, FL

20 Most Dangerous Cities in the USA: Florida City, FL

Population: 12,132
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 28.44 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 111.77 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 140.21 per 1,000 residents

Florida City has a crime rate of about 140 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Florida City? One in 7.

Florida City’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #3

4. Benton Harbor, MI

20 Most Dangerous Cities in the USA: Benton Harbor, MI

Population: 10,039
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 22.41 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 70.33 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 92.74 per 1,000 residents

Benton Harbor has a crime rate of about 93 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Benton Harbor? One in 11.

Benton Harbor’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #14

5. College Park, GA

Most Dangerous Cities in USA: College Park, GA

Population: 14,871
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 21.79 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 111.90 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 133.68 per 1,000 residents

College Park has a crime rate of about 134 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in College Park? One in 7.

College Park’s ranking when considering both violent and property crimes? #5

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Disclaimer: The data referenced above is entirely based on the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Table 8 2012 Uniform Crime Report. These numbers should not be used for any legal purpose and are meant to be solely informative. For the most accurate understanding of the crime rates for the cities listed above, Home Security Shield recommends readers research further on their own.