It seems like over the last few years, there has been a surge in dangerous cities in our beautiful country! Not only has there been more crime in general, but there has been an increase in gun violence and other types of terror as well, especially in the bigger cities. With how many rallies are happening, we have all seen more and more cities that have some disastrous events happen in the middle of their communities.
Not only with them, but also with demonstrations, protests, and many other acts of vandalism and violence, you would think that the FBI has named those cities as being the most dangerous. But, you will be as shocked as we were to find out that some of them don’t even come close to the top 15 of them!
Some of those cities, most of us haven’t even heard of them before, while others will just make you take a double take at the list. What could possibly be happening there that they’re on this list and why aren’t other cities on the list? One thing is certain: in 2021, more and more people became afraid of their cities, and we have compiled a list of the top ten, along with some interesting facts about them!
Let us know if you have heard about these cities before, or if you planned to visit any but are now reconsidering your decision!
Are the United States Dangerous?
While the statistics don’t show that our country is actually dangerous, we cannot deny that the increased violence and the flimsy gun allowances in some states aren’t scary. especially for people who have not grown up here.
Yet, the U.S. is safe to live in, and wherever you want to visit in the territory, it’s even safer! In general, you will not see anything like the horror news reports we sometimes see, nor is whatever is happening in another state the rule for all of them. This goes for all countries, and especially for ours, with how big the landmass is.
A general rule of thumb is to make sure you don’t put yourself in the way of unnecessary trouble. Keep your belongings close and safe and make sure you don’t go down a dark alley in the middle of the night, just because it’s going to take you 5 minutes less to get home. If you make sure you do all you can to stay safe, you will also have a calmer headspace.
And for all the cities that we are going to mention below, while the statistics are against them when it comes to violence rates, it doesn’t mean that if you step foot in them, something bad is going to happen. They are HUGE cities, and if you think about it, the probability of something happening to you there is just as high as the probability of it happening to you anywhere else, even in your hometown or backyard.
Most Violent and Dangerous Cities In The U.S.
1. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Michigan
2. Memphis, Tennessee
3. Lubbock, Texas
4. Anniston, Alabama
5. Bessemer, Alabama
These are the ones that came up in our top five! And truly, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Detroit has, yet again, topped the charts for this one! It seems like Detroit is perceived by many as being dangerous, as if we all shared a collective mind. It does have a bad reputation, maybe sometimes worse than it should actually be, but both the people and the statistics agree on this one: if there’s one dangerous city in the U.S. it’s Detroit!
That’s also influenced by the fact that the crime rate goes against it: for every 100,000 people, there are allegedly 1,965 violent crimes! And when you take into consideration that the city has about 4 million citizens living in it, the number is huge.
Despite the unanimous decision about the number one spot, it could come as a surprise to you that many thought that Los Angeles would be placing second when it comes to this list. Yet, it doesn’t even come close to being on the list! The amount of violent crime present in Lubbock and Memphis is way bigger than the one in LA. And, let’s be honest, they’re both just a fraction of the size of the City of Angels’ size…
It seems like intuition and numbers don’t always agree when it comes to this list!
6. Anchorage, Alaska
7. Springfield, Missouri
8. San Francisco-San Mateo-Redwood City, California
9. Corpus Christi, Texas
10. Florida City, Florida
Continuing the list with our next 5 cities, you would be surprised to see Anchorage rated so high! And we were too, especially since, despite being the state of Alaska’s biggest city, it isn’t that big. With a population of only 300,000 residents, it’s indeed shocking that it ranks so high (Detroit could eat it). However, Anchorage is well known by those familiar with crime statistics for being a hub when it comes to drugs and having a high crime index.
To make matters worse, the chance of getting mugged in this city is higher than in any natural disaster striking this city. This is mindboggling considering it has a high rate of tornadoes and earthquakes, and they happen very often. It rings some alarm bells, so when you plan your next sunny vacation to Anchorage, make sure you keep a close eye on your bags.
(Side note, has anyone who isn’t from California heard of Redwood City? Because we were surprised the term even existed…)
11. Shreveport-Bossier City, Louisiana
12. Stockton, California
13. Bakersfield, California
14. McKeesport, Pennsylvania
15. St. Louis, Missouri
The last five that make the list are surprising, but there is one state that keeps popping up. And that one is California, which, despite being our beacon of democracy (or so some people like to see it as), has some cities that have fallen victim to the increase in violent crimes from year to year.
This doesn’t make the whole state dangerous or unsafe by any means (and this goes for all of the states and cities on the list), but it just so happens that there are more cities that have a concerning number of violent crimes in that particular state compared to others. If anything, the city that everyone thinks would be at the top for California, is actually one of the safest.
Compared to Los Angeles, San Bernandino (which hasn’t even made it to the top 15) is considered to be extremely dangerous and people are very wary of it. It might be something to do with the fact that it’s considered the United States’ drug capital…
And while we are all concerned about the increased gun violence, drug abuse, and attacks, and we mourn and pray for anyone that gets affected by these atrocities, we cannot help but wonder what it is like for the people who live in these towns. How do they feel about living in cities that are deemed so dangerous by everyone else?
What’s it like living in these places?
Life in cities has changed drastically over the years, as we have gone from the biggest towns to huge metropolises. It’s more exciting, more adventurous, and you have so many things to do in some of these cities, it would take you months of exploring. Yet, as much fun as they are, they are also dangerous, and one must be careful no matter where they’re living.
Let’s be honest: there will be violence lurking around the corner in some cases, and you will be completely unaware of it! So, to get a better view of what it’s like to live in any of these towns, you can ask a friend that lives in the area for a more accurate answer. As much as we trust statistics, lived experience is always more important!
Are there any drawbacks or issues that make these cities different?
Increased violence rates generally stem from a lot of different places, not just people being a bit more overzealous or hard-headed. Some of the issues experts have observed in these cities are as follows:
- Salaries appear to be getting lower and lower from year to year;
- There seems to be a decreased interest in investing in community services compared to the safest cities;
- The number of people living below the poverty line and barely making it is 27%;
- Compared to the national average, the high school graduation rate is lower by 2.5%;
- When it comes to property crime and violent crime, most people are terrified;
- Compared to the safest cities, the unemployment rates are higher, which is very concerning.
As we can see from the list above, there are a lot of factors that come into play when a city is deemed as dangerous. If anything, we can see that the amount of crime affects not only the citizens, but also the infrastructure of the city, and since they are all so intertwined, what affects one will always affect the other.
Can we do anything to prevent these crimes?
As outsiders, there’s nothing that we can do to help the people who live there. However, we do have some tips for you folks who live there (and some even apply even if you feel like your city is more dangerous today than it was a decade ago), especially if you feel like your home could be in danger.
The best thing you can do is invest in a security system for your home and your car. Not only will it give you some peace of mind, but it will also help you if you ever feel something is not okay.
We recommend you look into some like FrontPoint, Vivint, and ADT, which are considered the best in their field. Or you can even invest in some wireless systems, that won’t have you filling your house with a ton of wires. Just make sure you look closely at the reviews, so you get a system with a high efficacy rate. You don’t want false alarms to keep you on edge all of the time.
If you don’t feel like splurging on a huge system (it’s not the most frugal decision out there for most of us), you could just look into getting one or two security cameras. There are some affordable ones that work really well, and most of the highly secure models allow you to connect the cameras to your phone.
That way, if it ever detects any unwanted movement in your house, yard, or garage, you’ll know if it’s a false alarm or not. And in the worst-case scenario, you can call the police right away. Never try to play the hero. We all want to protect our homes, but getting involved with someone breaking into your home can escalate a situation way more than any of us may want.
These cities may have ended up on a most dangerous cities list, but this does NOT mean that they are to be avoided. As long as you don’t go looking for trouble and you keep your nose out of any dirty businesses, nothing bad will happen to you. Visit all the places you want to, regardless of how they are painted by the media, but be careful, stay vigilant and make sure you avoid any shady neighborhoods.
It’s better for everyone that way… After all, not everything you see, both online, on TV, and even in real life, is as accurate as you think. Trust us!
On a lighter note, did you know that these rich families were not on the good side of Lady Luck?