June 30, 2009

Where is the most dangerous neighborhood in America?

According to data compiled by Dr. Andrew Schiller and www.NeighborhoodScout.com, the most dangerous neighborhood in the United States is Cincinnati, Ohio's "Brewery District."

The cities with the top 20 dangerous neighborhoods in the United States are:

  1. Cincinnati, Ohio (Central Pky./Liberty St.)
  2. Chicago, Ill. (State St./Garfield Blvd.)
  3. Miami, Fla. (7th Ave./North River Dr.)
  4. Jacksonville, Fla. (Beaver St./Broad St.)
  5. Baltimore, Md.(North Ave./Belair Rd.)
  6. Kansas City, Mo. (Bales Ave./30th St.)
  7. Memphis, Tenn. (Warford St./Mount Olive Rd.)
  8. Kansas City, Mo. (Forest Ave./41st St.)
  9. Dallas, Texas (Route 352/Scyene Rd.)
  10. Richmond, Va. (Church Hill)
  11. Memphis, Tenn. (Bellevue Blvd./Lamar Ave.)
  12. Dallas, Texas (2nd Ave./Hatcher St.)
  13. Springfield, Ill. (Cook St./11th St.)
  14. St. Louis, Mo. (14th St./Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.)
  15. Little Rock, Ark. (Roosevelt Rd./Bond St.)
  16. Philadelphia, Pa. (Broad St./Dauphin St.)
  17. Tampa, Fla. (Amelia Ave./Tampa St.)
  18. New York, N.Y. (St. Nicholas Ave./125th St.)
  19. Chicago, Ill. (66th St./Yale Ave.)
  20. Baltimore, Md. (Orleans St./Front St.)

Using FBI data from 17,000 different agencies Dr. Schiller and his team looked at key indicators as identified within the FBI Uniform Crime Reports. Incidents and rates per 1,000 people in a neighborhood population for specific violent crimes were then calculated.

Key indicators of a "dangerous neighborhood" are:

  • Murder
  • Non-negligent manslaughter
  • Forcible rape
  • Armed robbery
  • Aggravated assault

Other crimes like date rape, domestic assault and child abuse (not classified as aggravated), and petty theft were excluded from the data. Property crimes, however, were incorporated in to the rating given to the various neighborhoods identified in the study.

For more information, log on to www.NeighborhoodScout.com.

Comments (6)

We all know what the truth of the matter is. The fact that it is politically incorrect to address the problem is the reason why the problem has never been solved. Ironically enough, the same people who say its politically incorrect are the same ones who need the problem solved. So the question remains: How do you help someone who is not willing to help themselves?

Did I do O.K. with that Tim C.?

Posted by: Robert J | July 17, 2009 10:55 AM    Report this comment

Yeah, it's a shame, Jeff. It's become an excruciatingly sensitive issue. The reluctance of the nation at large to even talk about the problems is one of the major hurdles to racial harmony, and gives the race hustlers and demogogues the room they need to exacerbate the friction and profit from the discord. It's really too bad.

Posted by: Lee W | July 5, 2009 6:41 PM    Report this comment

They removed mine as well. All I did was mention steel bars on the windows of churches and stores in these areas and used the word uncivilized to describe the activity.

Posted by: JWallace | July 5, 2009 8:53 AM    Report this comment

My first post was apparently removed for being inflammatory. I'll try again, and tone it down.

Google maps has a feature that you can use to actually travel down the streets of a city and look at the buildings, cars, and people. Not in real time, but as a series of snapshots.

Every single one of the intersections on that list is in a black neighborhood. Sorry to mention it, but that's the way it is.

Is that better, Woody?


Posted by: Lee W | July 2, 2009 10:26 PM    Report this comment

This article leaves me wondering if these dangerous neighborhoods are comprised of one ethinicity over another.

Posted by: JWallace | July 2, 2009 10:16 PM    Report this comment

I didn't expect to see Appalachicola on the list. One flashing traffic light in the entire county. That's my kinda town! Currently in NYC and can't wait to get out of here.

Posted by: JWallace | June 30, 2009 11:19 PM    Report this comment

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