The feeling of safety is one of the most appreciated feelings that affect our mental state significantly, but it also indicates the level of our exposure to physical danger. If we are talking about cities and states across the United States, it is a well-known fact that not every one of them is equally safe for its citizens.
Now, we live where we live, and not many of us can do much about it, but it is important to know how your town is ranking regarding this matter, in order to take precautionary measures and keep yourself out of trouble.
Here, we provided a thorough analysis of metro communities that are reporting the highest rates of crime this year. All data are provided by the FBI, and based on that, we concluded what the most dangerous cities in the US are.
Ten most violent cities in America
At this very moment, at the end of 2020. the most dangerous metro areas in the US are located in these cities:
- Anchorage – Alaska
- Albuquerque -New Mexico
- Memphis – Tennessee
- Wichita – Kansas
- Lubbock -Texas
- Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia – Michigan
- Spokane-Spokane Valley – Washington
- Shreveport-Bossier City – Louisiana
- Corpus Christi – Texas
- Mobile – Alabama
We made this list based on FBI reports for 2020, which are very extensive and reliable given they were made by the law enforcement agencies. The crime rates by cities were what we were focused on, with property and violent crimes in focus. When we did our math, the cities that ended up at the bottom of the list were cities with the highest crime rates, so there was no misunderstanding.
These 10 are the most dangerous cities in the US by all means, at least when it comes to metro areas. Apparently, regarding violent crimes, the most dangerous cities in America have a crime rate that’s 2.3 times higher than the national average, and regarding property crime, their rate is 1.8 times higher.
Factors that influence the statistics
Besides the crime rates, there are several other factors that affect the level of safety of your community. These are the parameters that will give you an insight into how people in every metro area we mentioned above live, in a socioeconomic sense. We are talking about high school graduation rates, median income, and poverty data, city budget allocations, unemployment rates, and access to high-speed Internet.
It’s no secret that some correlations between crime rates and socioeconomic factors exist, and even though it cannot tell us everything we need to know, it can point out some similarities and help us understand how one thing affects the other and in what range. It can allow us to compare the trends in our communities that are reporting the lowest and highest crime rates.
What we found out
There are several very interesting conclusions we have reached while going through these statistics:
- According to FBI statistics, around 16 percent of the cities that found their place on our most violent cities in America list are living below the poverty line. It’s not such a huge percentage, but we believe that it does affect crime rates.
- The city of Anchorage in Alaska is considered to be the most dangerous city in the US. It reported the highest crime rates in 2020. But you should know that this town has a 130 percent higher median household income than the national average. But also that they have an extremely low number of people who live below the poverty line.
- Around 90 percent of the most violent cities in the United States have a median household income that’s below the national average. The median income in these cities is actually 87 percent lower than the national average.
- The national average regarding the percentage of high school graduates is 88.3 percent, and more than half of cities that are on our list produce fewer high school graduates. So the level of education of youth in our neighborhood is also something to think about.
- Students that live in the most dangerous metro areas are at a huge economic disadvantage regarding free lunch in schools. Around 90 percent of them belong to this category, while students in the safest cities are mostly covered in this matter.
- When it comes to Internet access, about 70 percent of metro areas that are on the most dangerous list have less access to high-speed Internet than those that belong to the national average. For example, in Shreveport, Louisiana, only 46 percent of households have internet access.
- If we are talking about violent crime rates, pretty much all metro areas we mentioned above have higher crime rates than the national averages. Per 1,000 people there are 8.4 violent crime incidents in these cities, while nationwide the number is 3.7.
- In the matter of property crime rates, every dangerous metro city had more property crimes than the national average. While the national average is 22 per 1000 residents, in these cities on our list, the property crime rate was around 40 in 2020.
- Around 23 percent of city budgets are allocated to public safety and police at the most dangerous cities in America, which is far behind the safest metro cities. Regarding the community services, the safest cities in the US allocate 9 percent more money than those on our list.
Create a safe home everywhere
No matter where you live, in one of the most violent and most dangerous cities in the US, or in some of the safest, you need to take all precautionary measures to make your home safe and well protected.
Bear in mind that these systems and safes don’t have to be super expensive, so you will be able to afford them even if you are on the budget.