The Most Dangerous City In America

Posted in Uncategorized by chamblee54 on November 21, 2010

Some concoction called the cqpress has released a report with the racy title City Crime Rankings 2010-2011 . Since PG doesn’t want to pay $70.00 for the complete report, he will be content with what is reported. If you want to nitpick about the methodology, buy the book.

A bottom line chart is available. It shows 400 cities, with the most dangerous at 001 and the safest at 400. Before we review the chart, it is noteworthy the cities that were not considered. They include Chicago IL, 7 other Illinois cities, and 3 towns from Minnesota.

According to this chart, the most dangerous city in America is St. Louis, MO. Last years winner, Camden NJ, is number 002. Number 400, the safest town in America, is Colonie NY.

The top rated southern town is 010 Birmingham AL. Atlanta GA is 025. Other winning Georgia towns include 038 Macon, 056 Albany, 078 Columbus, 104 Savannah, 168 Athens, and 241 Sandy Springs.

The big time cities had a mixed record. 269 New York NY, 158 Los Angeles CA, 045 Houston TX, 030 Philadelphia PA, 130 San Francisco CA. The top fifteen includes 003 Detroit MI, 007 Cleveland OH, 011 Baltimore MD, and 013 New Orleans LA. Remember, the higher the score, the more crime.

The fine print tells a bit about how the numbers were crunched.
“Includes murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. A negative score (in parentheses) indicates a composite crime number below the national rate, a positive number is above the national rate.” The parentheses were introduced at 236 Raleigh NC. All cities below Raleigh had a crime rate less than the national average.
Apparently, this score is based on the number of reported crimes per capita. This would tend to work against cities like Atlanta, where the city has a small percentage of the metro area population. A study like this is an opportunity for statistical mischief.

Pictures are from ” The Special Collections and Archives,Georgia State University Library”.

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