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Old 01-13-2011, 12:38 AM
 
Location: Pittsburgh, USA
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Chester, PA and East St. Louis are also extremely high, but too small in population to be indexed by Wikipedia/FBI
Both places have a pop. around 30,000 and both had 26 murders in 2010. Their murder rate of 86.7 is the highest in the nation. Flint is a distant 3rd place.
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Old 01-13-2011, 09:04 AM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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I nominate Sumter, SC as one of the most dangerous cities under 75,000.

The assault rate per capita is particularly high.
Yeah, Sumter does not have a good reputation due to it's high crime level. Not even 40,000 people in the city and the MSA is just over 100k, yet they rank 5th out of all MSAs in highest crimes/capita rate.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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My city used to rank in the 20s on the Wikipedia list for cities of 60,000 to 100,000, probably when this thread started. Now it has dropped to 146 and is slightly over 75,000 people. I never really thought of it as a dangerous place.
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Old 01-13-2011, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Albany, GA
Selma, AL
Greenville, MS
Pensacola, FL
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:24 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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My city used to rank in the 20s on the Wikipedia list for cities of 60,000 to 100,000, probably when this thread started. Now it has dropped to 146 and is slightly over 75,000 people. I never really thought of it as a dangerous place.
Smaller towns and cities can fluctuate more on lists. If a city of 60,000 say has a school shooting where 8 die it would likely make it to the top 100 for that year even if it's normally placid.

I sometimes look more at rates of assault as it's often/usually the most common violent crime so maybe less prone to be so easily changed. Also it might make sense to look for like the three or five year average for smaller cities.
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Old 01-13-2011, 10:07 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX
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Smaller towns and cities can fluctuate more on lists. If a city of 60,000 say has a school shooting where 8 die it would likely make it to the top 100 for that year even if it's normally placid.

I sometimes look more at rates of assault as it's often/usually the most common violent crime so maybe less prone to be so easily changed. Also it might make sense to look for like the three or five year average for smaller cities.
True, though the crime index had only gone down 2.5% since 2008 (despite having the most murders in the last 10 years) and is slightly higher than 2007. We were actually more dangerous than Dallas in 2009. I guess the other cities in this category went up.
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Old 01-14-2011, 06:55 PM
 
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Both places have a pop. around 30,000 and both had 26 murders in 2010. Their murder rate of 86.7 is the highest in the nation. Flint is a distant 3rd place.
I don't believe cities as small as E. St. Louis and Chester qualify for murder capital based on their size, so that title will go (unfortunately) to Flint....
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:16 AM
 
Location: Mounds IL
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East St Louis and some of the smaller towns bordering it like Centreville are as dangerous as the most crime-ridden large cities in America.
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Old 02-14-2011, 12:51 AM
 
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Natchitoches,La..small (college town I attended school at) with inner city problems.. I don't know what happened since I left but I keep seeing news reports of several homicides and shootings there lately and even when I attended school there a couple students got killed in their offcampus apartment..Even once while waling around neighboring communities to get a feel for the city one time I ran into a bunch of young thugs propositioned me for a drug sale..I didn't feel threatened but was shocked cause I thought the town was Mayberry cause of it's size and being so close to the campus.
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Old 02-14-2011, 05:15 PM
 
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Smaller towns and cities can fluctuate more on lists. If a city of 60,000 say has a school shooting where 8 die it would likely make it to the top 100 for that year even if it's normally placid.

I sometimes look more at rates of assault as it's often/usually the most common violent crime so maybe less prone to be so easily changed. Also it might make sense to look for like the three or five year average for smaller cities.
Very true, as one incident in Binghamton NY accounted for 13 of that city's homicides in 2009. Before that, the most that city ever had was 6 and they usually are in the 2-4 range.
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