Detroit named America's most dangerous city for second year in a row

Detroit named America's most dangerous city for second year in a row


Detroit has been named the nation's most dangerous city for the second year in a row, according to a study of FBI crime statistics.

Motor City beat out Oakland, California, and Memphis, Tennessee, to claim the danger crown, according to Law Street Media. Irvine, California came in as the nation's safest city.

Detroit brought home the bacon despite 2.5 percent reduction in violent crimes since last year because 45 out of every 100,000 people are murdered and 2,072 (per 100,000) are victims of violent crimes.

Nearly 40 percent of Detroit's population lives below the poverty line, also tops in the nation among major metropolitan areas.

Oakland residents are not much safer: 22 out of every 100,000 are killed and 1,977 (per 100,000) experience violent crime.

Memphis residents are cut down at the rate of 19 per 100,000 and 1,656 (of 100,000) are harmed in violent crimes.

St. Louis, Cleveland, Baltimore, Milwaukee, Birmingham, Newark, New Jersey; and Kansas City, Missouri, round out the top 10.

Of cities with populations under 200,000, Little Rock, Arkansas is the most dangerous.

Rockford, Illinois; New Haven, Connecticut; Hartford, Connecticut; Springfield, Missouri; Springfield, Massachusetts; Paterson, New Jersey; Lansing, Michigan; Beaumont, Texas; and Richmond, California round out the top 10.

Irvine, California, is a relative utopia compared to the above cities. Murders number in the single-digits annually and only a few dozen people are victims of violent crime.

This is the second year in a row Irvine has won the equivalent of the NHL's Lady Bing trophy as most likeable place to live, according to the FBI.

Smaller suburbs in Arizona, California and Texas make up the rest of the top 10, with the exception of Virginia Beach at number eight.

The ranks of those living under the poverty line stay mostly in the single digits, and some towns go years without a single murder.

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