The crime rates in the US have lately been decreasing, and according to the FBI they have gone down by 15% in the last decade. However, not all the cities have been a part of this progress towards a crimeless society and there are still many cities that are considered very dangerous to live in. Crimes such as murder, rape and assault happen daily. The FBI published Uniform Crime Report for the year 2013 and based on the data gathered about violent crimes. With consideration to that report, here is a list of 10 US cities with the highest crime rates.
1. Atlanta, Georgia
Atlanta is a city with many world-class restaurants and an amazing night life that along with many cultural attractions make it a true cosmopolitan city. However, not everything about this city is so wonderful.
The crime rates in Atlanta have gone from 1194 criminals per 100.000 people in 2002, to 670 in 2012. This is a significant change and the crime rate is almost twice as low as in 2002. However, this number is still much higher than the average crime rate in America, which is 301.1., according to City-Data. These crimes include murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson. The same source reports that in November 18, 2014 there were 1,456 registered sex offenders living in this city.
2. Birmingham, Ala.
Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama. This city is an interesting tourist attraction for its amusement park, a world-class zoo, elegant hotels and a rich night life. But don’t get too excited, as the crime in this city is definitely something to worry about.
According to the FBI’s report, 1,345 people in 100,000 are criminals in Birmingham. Since the population in this city is 212,001, this means that there are around 2700 criminals living there. This crime rate places Birmingham among the most dangerous cities in the US. What could maybe explain such a high crime rate may be the poor socioeconomic climate in this city, as well as the fact that no more than 26% of the citizens of Birmingham hold a bachelor degree.