There are cities that are almost virtually free of crime across the U.S., and then there are cities that are so crime ridden that they make the list of the country's most dangerous places to live. Violent crime just seems to be a way of life, poverty is a plague upon the land, and there doesn't seem to be a way to fix the situation anywhere in sight.
You would be able to guess some of the cities on this list without too much effort, but some of them will shock you. Let's take a look at the most dangerous cities to call home in the United States of America.
10. Buffalo, New York
Violent Crime Rate: 1,238 per 100,000 residents.
Buffalo had 41 homicides in 2017, a scary statistic for a city with under 300,000 people.
9. Cleveland, Ohio
Violent Crime Rate: 1,363 per 100,000 residents.
Cleveland had the fifth highest murder rate per their population. 14.5 people were murdered for every 100,000 people in the city.
8. Stockton, California
Violent Crime Rate: 1,408 per 100,000 residents.
On November 1 of last year, they had just experienced their 46th homicide of the year, a number that continued to grow over the last two months.
7. Baltimore, Maryland
Violent Crime Rate: 1,417 per 100,000 residents.
343 people were murdered in Baltimore in 2017, and 88 per cent of those people were killed with guns.
6. Atlanta, Georgia
Violent Crime Rate: 1,433 per 100,000 residents.
In the first 12 days of 2017, Atlanta was already dealing with 6 homicides. That's an average of one every other day, and that was double the rate from the year before.
Can you guess which city is going to be number one of the list from 2017?
5. Birmingham, Alabama
Violent Crime Rate: 1,483 per 100,000 residents.
There were 114 homicides in Birmingham over the course of 2017. That is one every three days for the whole year.
4. Memphis, Tennessee
Violent Crime Rate: 1,583 per 100,000 residents.
Memphis saw 199 murders over the course of 2017. That is an average of one every 1.8 days. Over 20 per cent of the people living there live below the poverty line.
3. Oakland, California
Violent Crime Rate: 1,683 per 100,000 residents.
It is said that there are over 50 gangs currently active in the city of Oakland, and poverty runs rampant across the map.
2. St. Louis, Missouri
Violent Crime Rate: 1,857 per 100,000 residents.
There were 203 murders in St. Louis over the course of 2017, that is a murder every 1.7 days. Of those murders only 74 have been solved at this point.
According to Forbes, the most dangerous city in the United States of America is...
1. Detroit, Michigan
Violent Crime Rate: 2,137 per 100,000 residents.
In September 2017, the FBI released a report that said that violent crime in Detroit went up by nearly 16 per cent. Detroit saw 267 murders in 2017, an average of one every 1.3 days.
Have you ever visited any of these cities?