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Old 11-19-2007, 11:57 AM
 
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Using the FBI's Sept. 24 crime statistics report, CQ Press, a unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc, just released its rankings of America's 333 metropolitan areas. Here's how Tennessee's metropolitan areas rank. The higher the ranking, the more dangerous the metro area:

2nd - Memphis
15th - Jackson
59th - Nashville
114th - Chattanooga
139th - Clarksville
157th - Knoxville
188th - Cleveland
194th - Kingsport
211th - Johnson City
237th - Morristown

The next time someone in this forum says that Tennessee has a fairly high crime rate, it looks like the blame can be placed squarely on Memphis which has about 18% of the state's population and is the country's 2nd most dangerous metropolitan area.
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Old 11-19-2007, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Northern CA but can't wait to get out!
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I read an article this morning, not sure how to post the link though, that listed the most dangerous cities - Detroit came in first, St. Louis second, and Memphis was third. Oakland, CA was in the top 5. I lived there for 7 years before moving to our current location. My husband was born and raised there. Any wonder he is jaded as far as there being areas in America that are actually safe? He keeps telling me that there are crime and gangs and violence no matter where you go. I can't disagree with him, but trying to get him to see that there are areas where all that is less prevalent is hard. I guess we just have to see first hand.
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Old 11-19-2007, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Cookeville,TN
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I'm just shocked about Jackson!

I had heard that but never quite believed it.



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Old 11-19-2007, 10:01 PM
 
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I'm just shocked about Jackson!

I had heard that but never quite believed it.



firepower
Yeah I was a little surprised, but not really. Maybe the crime from Memphis is finding its way up I-40 into Jackson. It's sad.

But it looks like just about all of the other metro areas in Tennessee, particularly in East Tennessee, have relatively low crime in comparison.
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:41 AM
 
Location: Memphis
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I'm just shocked about Jackson!

I had heard that but never quite believed it.



firepower
If you've been through Jackson I do not know why you'd be shocked.
(No offense to anyone from Jackson)
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Old 11-20-2007, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Hmmm, wonder if they'll ever figure out why?
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Old 11-20-2007, 07:50 AM
 
Location: Blackwater Park
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Jackson has been pretty rough for a while. I remember living there around '95, we had something like 15 murders. There were only about 55,000 people living there. It's mostly all concentrated in 3-4 square miles.
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Old 11-20-2007, 09:38 AM
 
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Agreed. Violent crime in Jackson occurs mostly in one section of town (East Jackson).
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Old 11-24-2007, 08:08 PM
 
Location: Elizabethton, TN
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I read an article this morning, not sure how to post the link though, that listed the most dangerous cities - Detroit came in first, St. Louis second, and Memphis was third. Oakland, CA was in the top 5. I lived there for 7 years before moving to our current location. My husband was born and raised there. Any wonder he is jaded as far as there being areas in America that are actually safe? He keeps telling me that there are crime and gangs and violence no matter where you go. I can't disagree with him, but trying to get him to see that there are areas where all that is less prevalent is hard. I guess we just have to see first hand.
I was in St. Louis the day the poll naming that city as the second most dangerous was reported. Talk show hosts were bombarded by callers disputing the poll. Some of them said they don't even lock their doors. Of course, most St. Louis area residents live in the suburbs. This is not the case in Memphis. Crime can occur anywhere, but it's much less likely in smaller towns and rural areas.
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