10 US cities considered least safe for women

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ValuePenguin, a consumer research organization, recently ranked 261 cities in the U.S. based on how safe they are for women.

In determining each locale's scores, analysis weighed a number of factors falling into 4 categories: education and wealth, healthcare, crime, and public policy.

Miami, Florida's tally landed it at number 261, making it the least secure city in the nation.

Its greatest detriments exist in the areas of crime and healthcare.

Houston, Texas, ranked at 260, earned even poorer marks on those counts, but performed slightly better in the other categories.

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9. Douala, Cameroon — It is perhaps unsurprising the African city made the worst city list, as it scores very poorly across healthcare, education, infrastructure, and culture and environment. However, a higher stability score helped keep it from the top spot.

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8. Harare, Zimbabwe —The African city may still be one of the worst cities to live in the world due to having the worst score out of 140 countries for healthcare, one of the worst for infrastructure, as well as continual social unrest. However, it has one of the most improved liveability scores over the last five years.

People loot clothing from street vendors and run past a burning barricade as Zimbabwe's opposition supporters clash with riot police during a protest for electoral reforms on August 26, 2016 in Harare, Zimbabwe. (Photo credit should read ZINYANGE AUNTONY/AFP/Getty Images)

TIE - 6. Karachi, Pakistan — This city had one of the lowest scores for stability and for culture and environment. However, a modest score for education at 66.7 helped keep it from topping the worst cities to live ranking.

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TIE - 6. Algiers, Algeria —The city tied with Karachi with an overall score of 40.9 due to scoring under 50 for all categories including stability, infrastructure, healthcare, and education.

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5. Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea — The city's stability is super-low at 30 as political and social unrest is continual. Its healthcare score is also one of the worst in the world.

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4. Dhaka, Bangladesh — The EIU said that "violent acts of terrorism" in Bangladesh have taken their toll on the city's liveability ranking, as it has the lowest score for infrastructure out of the 140 cities surveyed.

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3. Lagos, Nigeria —The city has the worst score for stability at 10. "Continued threat from groups like Boko Haram acts as a constraint to improving stability in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city," says the EIU.

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2. Tripoli, Libya — "Escalations in hostilities in Libya have prompted a sharp decline in liveability in Tripoli as the threat to stability from Islamic State (IS, an extreme global jihadi group) continues to spread across the Middle East and North Africa," said the EIU.

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1. Damascus, Syria —The city was relatively stable years ago but it remains "the subject of high-profile armed conflicts," said the EIU. "Conflict is responsible for many of the lowest scores. This is not only because stability indicators have the highest single scores but also because factors defining stability spread to have an adverse effect on other categories," it added.

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From there, bottom 10 for women's safety includes Tulsa, Oklahoma; Shreveport, Louisiana; Amarillo, Texas; and Wichita, Kansas.

Rounding out the 'worst' list are Texas cities of Beaumont and Lubbock; Memphis, Tennessee; and Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

So, where are the safest places for women to live?

Thousand Oaks, California and Stamford, Connecticut scored the best overall, though the latter faltered a bit when it came to public policy and representation.

Data for the study was gathered from the FBI and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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