Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S.

Our research reveals the 100 most dangerous cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Violent crimes include murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. Data used for this research are 1) the number of violent crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and 2) the population of each city.

Crime data we use are the most recent data the FBI classifies as ‘Final, non-preliminary.’  It is the most up-to-date and fully vetted data with complete national coverage that is available.  We insist on using Final, Non-Preliminary data for our analyses and analytics, rather than basing our research on preliminary data that may need to be updated or have errors in it.

The FBI releases these data approximately 10 months after the close of a calendar year. For example, our 2018 list is based on the 2016 year total data which was released in Final, Non-Preliminary form in September, 2017. The 2017 year total crime data is not complete.  The FBI is still working through data issues and reporting issues before that data can be considered Final, and Non-Preliminary.

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Rank City
100 Cincinnati, OH
99 Lauderhill, FL
98 Schenectady, NY
97 Sanford, FL
96 Huntsville, AL
95 Eureka, CA
94 Richmond, CA
93 Jackson, TN
92 New Haven, CT
91 Tacoma, WA
90 Salt Lake City, UT
89 Canton, OH
88 York, PA
87 Salisbury, MD
86 Baton Rouge, LA
85 Newark, NJ
84 Shreveport, LA
83 Chelsea, MA
82 North Las Vegas, NV
81 Port Huron, MI
80 Pueblo, CO
79 Wheeling, WV
78 Salisbury, NC
77 Modesto, CA
76 Philadelphia, PA
75 Dayton, OH
74 Lima, OH
73 South Bend, IN
72 Miami Beach, FL
71 Chattanooga, TN
70 Muskogee, OK
69 Springfield, MA
68 Houston, TX
67 Battle Creek, MI
66 Wichita, KS
65 Florence, SC
64 Harrisburg, PA
63 Brockton, MA
62 Holyoke, MA
61 Fall River, MA
60 Lubbock, TX
59 New Orleans, LA
58 Goldsboro, NC
57 Hartford, CT
56 Tulsa, OK
55 Chicago, IL
54 Minneapolis, MN
53 Beaumont, TX
52 Buffalo, NY
51 Atlanta, GA
50 Albuquerque, NM
49 Springfield, IL
48 Anchorage, AK
47 Compton, CA
46 Lansing, MI
45 Homestead, FL
44 Niagara Falls, NY
43 Toledo, OH
42 Albany, GA
41 Washington, DC
40 Daytona Beach, FL
39 East Point, GA
38 Fort Myers, FL
37 Kalamazoo, MI
36 Pontiac, MI
35 Gadsden, AL
34 Jackson, MI
33 Springfield, MO
32 Trenton, NJ
31 Lake Worth, FL
30 Riviera Beach, FL
29 Indianapolis, IN
28 Stockton, CA
27 Oakland, CA
26 Newburgh, NY
25 Saginaw, MI
24 Little Rock, AR
23 Elkhart, IN
22 Milwaukee, WI
21 Chester, PA
20 Danville, IL
19 Charleston, WV
18 San Bernardino, CA
17 Pine Bluff, AR
16 Flint, MI
15 Cleveland, OH
14 Kansas City, MO
13 Myrtle Beach, SC
12 Rockford, IL
11 Baltimore, MD
10 West Memphis, AR
9 Memphis, TN
8 Alexandria, LA
7 Wilmington, DE
6 St. Louis, MO
5 Detroit, MI
4 Camden, NJ
3 East St. Louis, IL
2 Bessemer, AL
1 Monroe, LA