The FBI’s 10 Most Dangerous Cities, Dangerous Cities by Area

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program (UCR) annually compiles crime rates per 100,000 inhabitants across the United States. The 2017 data, released in 2018, specifically addressed violent crimes, encompassing murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.

This data update resulted in a ranking of the top 10 most dangerous cities in each of the four U.S. Census Bureau regions, focusing on violent crimes reported in the first six months of 2017. This regional approach was adopted to provide a clearer understanding of the violence experienced in higher population centers across different regions​​​​​​.

For the 2017 data, Baltimore, Maryland, had the highest reported violent crime rate per 100,000 inhabitants, while St. Louis, Missouri, had the highest reported murder rate per 100,000 inhabitants​​.

The top 10 most dangerous cities in the West (Region 4) were:

  1. Stockton, California
  2. San Bernardino, California
  3. Oakland, California
  4. Anchorage, Alaska
  5. Pueblo, Colorado
  6. Modesto, California
  7. Richmond, California
  8. Vallejo, California
  9. Inglewood, California
  10. Tacoma, Washington​​.

In the South (Region 3), the top 10 most dangerous cities included:

  1. Baltimore, Maryland
  2. Memphis, Tennessee
  3. Little Rock, Arkansas
  4. Nashville, Tennessee
  5. New Orleans, Louisiana
  6. Chattanooga, Tennessee
  7. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  8. Tulsa, Oklahoma
  9. West Palm Beach, Florida
  10. Tallahassee, Florida​​.

The Midwest (Region 2) featured these cities in its top 10:

  1. St. Louis, Missouri
  2. Kansas City, Missouri
  3. Rockford, Illinois
  4. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  5. Minneapolis, Minnesota
  6. Lansing, Michigan
  7. Chicago, Illinois
  8. South Bend, Indiana
  9. Cincinnati, Ohio
  10. Dayton, Ohio​​.

Finally, the top 10 most dangerous cities in the Northeast (Region 1) were:

  1. Hartford, Connecticut
  2. Buffalo, New York
  3. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  4. Rochester, New York
  5. Bridgeport, Connecticut
  6. Springfield, Massachusetts
  7. Elizabeth, New Jersey
  8. Worcester, Massachusetts
  9. Syracuse, New York
  10. Paterson, New Jersey​​.

This list, derived from FBI’s UCR data, offers a snapshot of the varied landscape of violent crime in urban centers across the United States. It’s a crucial tool for understanding regional differences in crime rates and for shaping public safety policies.