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Top 5 Most Dangerous Cities List Puts New Orleans at No. 1

With a murder every 40 hours, New Orleans crime rate is hard to beat. The latest City Crime Rankings looked at reported incidents of six major crimes to determine the most dangerous dwellings in the US. With a population of only 250,000 that changed drastically after Hurricane Katrina, New Orleans came out on top.

Rounding out the list, the top-five cities with the highest crime rate include:

  1. New Orleans, LA
  2. Camden, NJ
  3. Detroit, MI
  4. St. Louis, MO
  5. Oakland, CA

The FBI warns that ranking cities head-to-head fails to paint a realistic picture. In addition, local mayors and law enforcement officials maintain that such a superficial ranking irresponsibly misuses crime data by ignoring complex factors. Do you think rankings of the most dangerous cities help hold law enforcement accountable or are they counterproductive?


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jenious jenious 8 years
That's a very interesting website. Surprising rankings.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Just think, next summer 35,000 youth will be in New Orleans next summer for a national youth gathering.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
New Orleans is just dangerous. Has been for years. A friend of mine was chased and then violently mugged on a relatively busy(pedestrian traffic) street just after 10 when businesses were closing. She was banging on doors and windows for help and the employees just looked away. Thank God all they wanted was her purse and wedding ring. The cop asked her why she was out by herself after dark. She said because she is a grown woman and this was a busy street. He told her that doesn't matter here.
pinkprincess1101 pinkprincess1101 8 years
233 for san antonio, texas
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
Sumter, SC? Really?
Well, I butchered the spelling on that word!!
Well apparentally Dallas improved our murder statistics from a couple years ago.
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
Yay my current city, Portland, OR, is number 141 :woohoo: As far as inner city crimes in traditionally bad areas a lot of the crime in that area is very focused. I grew up in a very rough part of LA, but as long as you managed to stay out of gang violence you were relatively safe and even gangs members have their own "rules" and honor they follow. You hear a lot about respect, I never understood needing respect in jail, but it seems to be important to them.
LaurenG22 LaurenG22 8 years
I am not surprised by this list at all. Too bad my SIL lives in New Orleans :(
Jillness Jillness 8 years
I lived in the murder capital of the world one year...even though there were only 14,000 people in the city! Crime can happen anywhere, unfortunately.
amers230 amers230 8 years
i'm pretty sure detroit's been one of the "most dangerous" cities since i was born and i've never had a problem here lol. at least we're on some sort of list i guess haha
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
LOL and as far as Compton is concerned it is no longer 1980-1990 and NWA and Easy E do not rule the world ahahahah the demographic of the area has changes slightly and there has been and influx in businesses in the area.
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
"parts of oakland are pretty bad, but for the most part it's a great city. of course...." I totally agree, being that I grew up in Oakland in the 80's in a tough neighborhood when crack was first on the scene and things were crazy I don't see Oakland the same way, I know there is way too much violence but from where it was to what is now, what it's becoming, and what it has the potential to be ..again I'm a little surprised, but I do have to agree there are about 2 areas in Oakland ( East Oakland really) that are bad and make up for most of the crime over all the rest of the city is nice.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
foxie - What's up with Indianapolis? I can understand the problems with New Orleans. Currupt state government (now being cleaned up), corrupt local government, large percentage of locals who feel everyone "owes" them something.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I'm not surprised Oakland is on that list. I live about 30-45 minutes away...its kind of ironic because I live in the suburbs of the safest largest city in the US.
popgoestheworld popgoestheworld 8 years
I went to the website to read up a bit on the methodology and it's quite interesting. The site lists both City Rankings and "Metropolitan Area" Rankings. The ones listed above are the City Rankings only. When you include Metropolitan areas, here are the top 5. Pine Bluff, AZ Memphis, TN New Orleans, LA Las Vegas, NV Sumter, SC Kind of a weird list.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
parts of oakland are pretty bad, but for the most part it's a great city. of course, i only work here... in a high security building, in one of the better neighborhoods... but still!
mydiadem mydiadem 8 years
Good point lilkimbo, all I know is that living in Philly there are lots of areas I wouldn't go. And Camden, well, I don't even like driving through it on the high way. Makes no sense how what should be prime waterfront real estate is expensive South Jersey could be so bad?!
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
WTF ohhh man Oakland, CA is number 5 ugh I was born and raised ...and still live there :(
momma-tikita momma-tikita 8 years
Camden is really bad! What part of miami nya? I'd say allapattah and oppalocka!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Word YY, you in the hood.
yesteryear yesteryear 8 years
i'm in oakland right now, and let me tell you - it's hard to concentrate with all of these gunshots ringing out in the background.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 8 years
That is strange, mydiadem. I wonder if a high percentage of the crimes in Compton goes unreported? (I have no clue whether this is true, it's just the first thought that came to mind.)
krae85 krae85 8 years
I'm not at all surprised to see new orleans on the list.
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