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The Top 5 Most Dangerous & Least Dangerous U.S. Cities: See if Your City Made the List!

The results are in from the annual City Crime Rankings, a popular reference book that compares the crime levels of 354 U.S. cities.

Read about the annual City Crime Rankings, a reference guide full of fascinating facts including where your city ranks.

Six crime categories are considered among the cities -- all of which must have populations of 75,000 or more -- to establish the rankings. They include:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Auto theft

The research is compiled from the FBI's final 2003 crime statistics, which were released in October 2004. All cities with populations over 75,000 that submit crime data to the FBI are included.

Top 5 Most Dangerous Cities Top 5 Least Dangerous Cities
  • Camden, NJ
  • Detroit, MI
  • Atlanta, GA
  • St. Louis, MO
  • Gary, IN
  • Newton, MA
  • Brick Township, NJ
  • Amherst, NY
  • Mission Viejo, CA
  • Clarkstown, NY

Scott Morgan, president of Morgan Quitno Press, said of Newton, MA, which received this year's Morgan Quitno Safest City Award, "Newton has an outstanding record when it comes to fighting crime. It reported no murders and boasts some of the lowest rates among cities for rape, robbery and motor vehicle theft."

Camden, New Jersey was ranked the most dangerous city in the United States.

Interestingly, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported that Morgan found a minor error in the results. Some 5,760 crimes were missing from the St. Louis police's 2003 data-an omission that would have moved St. Louis up to the third most dangerous U.S. city and bumped Atlanta down to fourth!

This most recent version of City Crime Rankings (the 11th edition) can be ordered from in paperback for $44.95 or hardcover for $99.95.

Many libraries also keep the annual City Crime Rankings on their shelves. It is an interesting resource for its many facts, including learning where your city (or nearest city) ranks and helping those considering a move to other regions.


America's Safest (and Most Dangerous) Cities

Camden, NJ Named Most Dangerous City

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