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These Are America’s 10 Most Dangerous Suburbs

Suburbs are supposed to be safe havens from the crime of big cities. These places are anything but.

Randy Nelson

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Editor’s Note: All data in this study is conducted on a per 100,000 person basis.

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There’s a perception that suburbs are safer that their big city neighbors, but the truth is that they can be dangerous places just like anywhere else. Back in February, the Movoto Real Estate Blog ranked the safest suburbs in America, and now we’re looking at the other side of the coin: the most dangerous suburban cities in the country.

After analyzing crime data for 120 suburbs across the nation, we’ve determined that Camden, NJ is the most dangerous overall. Joining it in receiving the dubious honor of being one of the most dangerous suburbs in the country were:

1. East Point, GA
2. Camden, NJ
3. Miami Beach, FL
4. Midwest City, OK
5. Miami Gardens, FL
6. Clarksville, IN
7. Glendale, AZ
8. Tempe, AZ
9. Jacksonville Beach, FL
10. Independence, MO

If you read our recent ranking of the most dangerous small cities in America, you’ll notice a similarity between it and this list. Namely, the large number of cities in Florida that made the top 10. In both cases, three Florida cities made the list. Where the most dangerous places on that list were concentrated in the Midwest and eastern U.S., this ranking has at least two cities—Glendale, AZ and Tempe, AZ—located farther to the west.

Below, we’ll explain the methodology behind this ranking as well as provide some more detail on why each of these suburbs placed where it did. At the end of this post, you’ll find a detailed ranking of the 50 most dangerous suburbs in the country.

How We Created This Ranking

Most Dangerous City Big Deal Score
In putting this ranking together, we looked at a total of 116 suburban cities. These comprise the largest suburbs of the 50 largest cities in the country for which crime data is available. This data comes from the FBI’s uniform crime report for 2012, the latest full-year edition of the bureau’s publication. The data we looked at comprised seven main types of crime:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Vehicle Theft

We took these crimes and divided them into four distinct groups: murders, violent crimes, property crimes, and total crimes. After determining the number of each per 100,000 people annually (in order to create a level playing field for comparison) we ranked the suburbs from 1 to 116 in each category, with 1 being the most dangerous.

We then weighted these results whereby murder, total violent crime, and total property crime each comprised 30 percent of the final score each and total crimes made up 10 percent. The average of these weighted scores was used to determine the most dangerous suburb.

Now we’ll take a look at specific statistics as they relate to the 10 most dangerous suburbs.

1. East Point, GA

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Source: Wikipedia user Thomson200

This suburb of Atlanta, GA is home to 35,155 people who, in 2012, faced a 1 in 8 chance of being the victim of a crime—the worst of any place we looked at. This alarming figure relates to the fact that East Point ranked first overall in terms of total crime and property crimes, at 12,061 and 10,863 per 100,000, respectively.

East Point fared no better where murder was concerned, ranking second overall with 34 per 100,000 residents in 2012. For violent crime, it was was also second overall with 1,198 per 100,000 for the year.

2. Camden, NJ

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Although located in New Jersey, Camden is technically a suburb of Philadelphia, PA. This city of 77,665 earned its title of most dangerous suburb for two reasons: its murder and violent crime rankings, both of which it placed first in. There were 86 murders per 100,000 residents in Camden during 2012 and a staggering 2,566 violent crimes per 100,000.

Camden ranked ninth overall in terms of property crimes, with 5,159 per 100,000 residents in 2012, while for total crime it ranked fifth with 7,725 per 100,000. The overall odds of being the victim of a crime in Camden stood at 1 in 13; not the absolute worst we found, but definitely close.

3. Miami Beach, FL

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The most dangerous Florida city in our top 10, Miami Beach is a suburb of Miami, FL and home to 91.066 people. It also has the dubious distinction of being the second most dangerous city that we looked at in terms of total crime, with 10,947 per 100,000 people in 2012, when the odds of being a victim of crime in Miami Beach were 1 in 9, the second worst we found.

Property crime was also a major problem in Miami Beach that year, ranking second in that criterion with 9,914 per 100,000 residents. At the other end of the spectrum, the city ranked fifth lowest out of our top 10 cities for murder in 2012 at 16th overall, with five murders per 100,000 residents.

4. Midwest City, OK

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Located less than 10 miles from central Oklahoma City, OK, this suburb of 55,768 had the fourth lowest violent crime of any in our top 10, placing 15th overall in that criterion with 529 per 100,000 people in 2012. It did worse in terms of total crime, where it placed ninth with 5,876 per 100,000; the odds of being a victim of a crime were 1 in 17.

For property crime, Midwest City placed eighth with 5,347 per 100,000 residents, while it did worst in terms of murder, with a rate of 11 per 100,000 placing it at sixth for that criterion overall.

5. Miami Gardens, FL

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As its name suggests, the second Florida city in our top 10 is a suburb of Miami, FL. In 2012, its 111,177 residents faced a murder rate of 22 per 100,000, which placed the city in third for that criterion. Violent crime stood at 837 per 100,000 which made Miami Gardens the seventh-worst suburb in that regard.

The city ranked 15th for total crime and 20th for property crime, at 5,140 and 4,303 per 100,000, respectively. There was a 1 in 19 chance of being the victim of crime in Miami Gardens during the year we studied.

6. Clarksville, IN

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Although located in Indiana, Clarksville is technically a suburb of Louisville, KY. In 2012, the 22,057 residents there witnessed the third-worst property crime of any place we looked at, with 7,240 per 100,000. Total crime there wasn’t much better, ranking fourth overall at 7,784 per 100,000. The odds of crime stood at 1 in 13.

Violent crime stood at 13th overall, with 544 per 100,000. Murder was fortunately less common, with Clarksville ranking 22nd for five homicides per 100,000 residents.

7. Glendale, AZ

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The westmost city in our top 10, Glendale is a suburb of Phoenix, AZ that’s home to 232,997 residents. It fared worst when it came to property crime, placing fifth with 6,410 per 100,000 residents in 2012. Total crime in Glendale stood at 6,901 per 100,000 which placed the city at sixth for that criterion. The odds of being the victim of a crime were 1 in 14.

Glandale ranked 18th for murder during the year we looked at, with five homicides per 100,000 residents. It also ranked 18th overall for violent crime, with 491 per 100,000.

8. Tempe, AZ

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Source: Flickr user Jason Corneveaux

Another Phoenix suburb, Tempe and its 166,061 residents fared a bit worse than their counterparts in Glendale when it came to murder and violent crime. This city placed 11th in terms of murder and 16th for violent crimes per 100,000 in 2012 at seven and 519, respectively. There was a 1 in 19 chance of being the victim of crime.

Tempe ranked 14th overall for property crime at 4,712 per 100,000. For total crime, it had 5,240 per 100,000 making it 12th worst in terms of that criterion.

9. Jacksonville Beach, FL

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Source: Flickr user Mark Kortum

Of the three cities in Florida that made our top 10, Jacksonville Beach was the least dangerous. This Jacksonville, FL suburb of 21,817 people ranked sixth overall in terms of murders per 100,000 residents in 2012 with five. It did slightly worse in terms of violent crime, ranking second with 898 per 100,000.

Jacksonville Beach ranked 15th for property crime, at 4,666 per 100,000 residents, and 10th for total crime with 5,564 per 100,000. The odds of being a victim of crime there during 2012 stood at 1 in 18.

10. Independence, MO

The Most Dangerous Suburbs In America

Source: Flickr user Missouri Division of Tourism

The overall least dangerous in our top 10, Independence is a suburb of Kansas City, MO and home to 117,433 people. It has the lowest rank for murder in the top 10: 25th, with four homicides per 100,000 people in 2012. It ranked 23rd overall in terms of violent crime with 457 per 100,000—again, the lowest in our top 10.

Independence wasn’t as free of property crime, ranking sixth overall with 6,090 per 100,000. Total crime was also in the top 10, placing eighth with 6,548 per 100,000 during the year we looked at. This resulted in an overall chance of crime of 1 in 15.

Playing It Safe

As you can plainly see, suburban life isn’t always idyllic. Thankfully, though, there are some cities where the dream of escaping big city crime can still be achieved. When we looked at the safest suburbs in the country, we crowned Carmel, IN the top spot for keeping yourself and your loved ones out of harm’s way. In the chart below, you can see that even if Indiana isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, there are still plenty of other suburbs safer than our top 10 out there for you.

Editor’s Note: To help further explain how get to the per 100,000 people data point, let me use Jacksonville Beach as an example:
There are 21,817 people living in Jacksonville Beach. There was 1 murder in 2012.

Step 1: One murder divided by 21,817 people = .00005 murders / person.
Step 2: .0005 murders/person multiplied by 100,000 = 5 murders per 100,000 people.
So we show 5 murders per 100,000/people on the chart.

We do this for all cities for each statistic so that it is an apples-to-apples comparison.

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posted on: April 9, 2014
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  1. Jennifer Bartley

    Clarksville is not a suburb of Louisville, KY no matter how you put it. It’s a town all on it’s own and crime is not as bad as your putting it to be.

  2. joan

    Your facts are fiction!!! Clearly you are not an actual journalist. Your figures for East Point are three times higher than actual reported/documented figures. If I ran the city I would sue you.

    • Chris Kolmar in response to joan

      Hey Joan,
      The number per 100k people is almost 3x higher because the population of East Point is only 35k. Our numbers are correct because when you apply the same mathematical transformation to crimes/per person to all cities, the rankings don’t change.

      We show numbers on a per 100k person basis because its hard to comprehend what .00034 murders per person means.

      Hope that helps clarify.

      • Tina Dharman in response to Chris Kolmar

        Chris – I agree your numbers are correct, however, I disagree with your comparisons among cities. East Point is an inner ring suburb that is more urban than suburban. Are all the cities chosen for comparison the same? Our neighboring city, also an inner ring suburb, albeit smaller, has similar stats.

        My issue is with your extrapolation of the numbers.

        Per the FBI website (and you may want to add this as boilerplate whenever you do these lists as you seem to catch flak for it from the residents):

        “These rankings, however, are merely a quick choice made by the data user; they provide no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction. Consequently, these rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents.

        To assess criminality and law enforcement’s response from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, one must consider many variables, some of which, while having significant impact on crime, are not readily measurable or applicable pervasively among all locales. Geographic and demographic factors specific to each jurisdiction must be considered and applied if one is going to make an accurate and complete assessment of crime in that jurisdiction. Several sources of information are available that may assist the responsible researcher in exploring the many variables that affect crime in a particular locale. The U.S. Census Bureau data, for example, can be used to better understand the makeup of a locale’s population.”

        I love stats as much as the next person, but they need to be meaningful. Inflammatory stats, out of context, are irresponsible, especially considering the ramifications of this particular list on our economic development and growth as cities.

        That being said, this morning i was contemplating creating a real list that compares inner ring suburbs in the US using your methodology to see if we can get a truly apples to apples comparison. If i do get to it, i will share it here.

        • Chris Kolmar in response to Tina Dharman

          Tina,
          This is a fair critique.

          We discussed it internally and our thinking is “Would we want to be around crime, even if it is caused by the area being touristy, more urban, closer to airport/industry/etc…?” Our philosophy came out as crime = crime, no matter the reason / cause, so we were ok with comparing more rural places to more urban places.

          We are going to try and do a deeper dive into why certain areas of the country (Particularly Florida) seem to have much higher crime rates on a per 100k person basis.

          Thanks for the thought!

          • Tina Dharman in response to Chris Kolmar

            You are welcome. I would disagree on urban v rural being an acceptable comparison though. Population density really makes all the difference when it comes to crime. Simply because denser environments come with their own stressors and increased opportunities to get into trouble. I am curious about Florida as well however. Look forward to seeing that analysis.

          • Wayne Whitesides in response to Chris Kolmar

            What’s the point of creating this very misguided and misleading report? Is your goal just to irritate the people who live there? Maybe is to further enhance the struggles to improve the areas in question so that real estate prices stay low?, or is it to allow us to continue our battles to create more economic diversity through real estate? I’ve been to many of the locations on your list and live and own a very successful Advertising Agency in one of them – what you fail to report is that for many of these towns, the crime reported is in very select areas. East Point, for example, has four distinct wards, with the vast majority of crime coming from one of those wards. The other three wards are sleepy bedroom communities, with very unique and affordable housing for all types of incomes. We have incredible communities with 20′s bungalows, mid century modern, to some brand spanking new 3 – 4,000sqft housing communities. We have improving public schools, with the largest private school in the country, a revitalized downtown with plenty of new restaurants and a new big box development with every amenity needed. All you are doing is skewing numbers to create an article of crap. So good for you, job well done. And for those of us who fight the everyday perceptions that dill holes like yourself provide us – you are no better than the vulture news vans that circle our area just to report on garbage. Oh, and the picture of the building you are using for East Point, was just leveled with a new development moving in as I type… Heaven for bid you talk about that. So much for the lighter side of real estate.

      • Lyman in response to Chris Kolmar

        I was looking over your rather interesting article, and I started looking at the cities. Newton, Kansas is not a suburb of any bigger city. In fact, the closest bigger city would be Wichita which is 30 minutes or more away. The same goes for Hutchinson, Kansas. That town is over 40 miles away from Wichita. So I would love to know how either one of those locations plus there are a few others to question got onto that list. Or did the definition of a suburb include going out an hour in any direction???

  3. Mexalh6

    East Point is a great city to live in. Your numbers are wrong! You over reported the crime stats by almost 3 times. You’ve now caused a huge publicity issue for the city based on your bad data. Print a retraction immeadiatly!

  4. Liz Searock

    Midwest City is a great place to live. You’re ridiculous. However, any bozo can hide behind a “blog” and make unfounded statements. Get out from you’re computer and get a life.

  5. Mark aud

    I have been in Midwest City ,Ok.my entire life 4th most dangerous place to live in the nation you are on crack.now if you would have said 4th most policed that I could have believed now as far as being known as the friendliest city that’s a load of crap too .I was fingerprinted at the age of 6 along with my younger brother who was 4 at the time for reporting a broken window I spotted retrieving a kick ball from the roof of country estates elementary school .both me and my brother were finger printed, interrogated and harassed for what seemed like an eternity as a child for trying to be helpful 4th most dangerous city for trying to raise a family without receiving a criminal record I would buy that
    I currently live on the outskirts of Midwest City and plan on moving out of their city limits because of the harassment I received As a child because honestly if they ever did that to my kids I would sue the living crisp out of their militia style of policing definitely left a life long impression of police
    Sincerely
    Mark

  6. Larayne

    Not only does the info presented not even sound right to me as an Atlantan, there’s also this… AJC

    • Chris Kolmar in response to Larayne

      Hey Larayne,
      The police chief actually refutes himself in that article. The stats he cites are the exact same stats we used. We just did them on a per person, or per 100k person, basis (The same thing) to compare each city to each other.

      Please see my answers earlier in the thread to see why the numbers are the same.

  7. Garry Ackerman

    As a Government employee my work required travel to many of the major Cities,always to the the industrial areas because that’s where my contractors were. I have been in Midwest City since 1942 (the beginning) and of all the places I’ve been MWC scares me the least. In the big cities I have seen burned cars in the street (Woodside NY 1972), (Watts Ca 1962). If I were to have car trouble at midnight in MWC I would call the Wife and tell her I was walking home and would be a few minutes late.Parts of Atlanta I would Call for help, and if you think this is a condemnation of ATL,it isn’t. There are many of the other cities that I would NOT be out after dark.

  8. Jason

    First, Council Bluffs Iowa is a city not a Suburb (If you are counting Council Bluffs as a suburb of Omaha Nebraska you are wrong, Council Bluffs is older than Omaha and in a different state.) Second using the same data you claim to have used Council Bluffs ranked 52 among cities by another site. Third your numbers for Council Bluffs are based on a year (2012) the police department was using an experimental software that ended up reporting one crime as several different types of crime. That software was removed after 2012 do to it’s flaws.

  9. Kansas girl

    Ummm Hutchinson is NOT suburb! It’s a it’s own town….

    • Marcy in response to Kansas girl

      I agree, Hutchinson is NOT a suburb of Wichita. We in Wichita, do not claim it as a suburb. It is over 50 miles from Wichita. If a report can not correctly identify a suburb, then how can we be certain the data is accurate?

  10. brittnae

    Hutchinson is not dangerous! I live in hutch and never have felt unsafe the years of living here. I wouldn’t have had a child in hutch if I didnt think it was safe. I and many people disagree about hutchinson being dangerous. You don’t live in these cities so you can’t tell us if our cities are dangerous or not. Let the people speak for themselves instead of telling people what is dangerous when you can’t be 100% positive!

  11. Victoria

    How do you figure towns like Hutchinson and Newton to be suburbs? Hutchinson is the county seat and the nearest big city is 40 miles away!

  12. Dianne

    Would you please clarify precisely which city that Hutchinson Kansas is SUPPOSEDLY a suburb of????? Until THAT fact is legitimately established, you owe Hutchinson a HUGE apology!!!

    • Jennifer Weathers in response to Dianne

      I couldn’t agree more Dianne! I am very offended by these findings. The person writing this article needs to look at a map and perhaps visit some of these communities.

    • Heath S. in response to Dianne

      We may not die from murders, just underground gas. lol. j/k. :)

  13. Gary

    This list is ridiculous and potentially damaging, because most viewers only see the list and don’t bother to see the process used behind the data. This data says a suburb of 20,000 which had the misfortune of 1 murder suddenly makes that a dangerous suburb? To extrapolate that to 5/100,000 is very misleading. If examining such small suburbs, a more fair approach would be examine murders over a 10 year period. I would suspect the 1 murder was the sole murder in many of those small suburbs over the past decade. If I’m looking at relocation options, I would be much more interested in how many total murders occurred in the past 10 years, regardless of population size, not the one fluke murder.

    • Chris Kolmar in response to Gary

      Hey Gary,
      We show 5 murders per 100,000 people instead of .00005 murders per person because .00005 murders per person is not comprehensible.

      Additionally, every media outlet in the country reports these figures on a per 100,000 person basis, so we are not going anything groundbreaking here.

      • Gary in response to Chris Kolmar

        Chris – so because everybody else does it, you will too? You say you’re “not doing anything groundbreaking”, and I ask why not? Why not offer an original idea and show the murder stat from a 10 year window? Newton KS dangerous? Oh brother. I know you have a job to do, but please try a new approach with more helpful and less damaging results.

        • Chris Kolmar in response to Gary

          I actually really like this idea Gary. We will look into it for future posts.

          But it’s also a fact that whenever you do a ranking like this, the city at the top will always dispute it. And when we do the safest cities, the city at the top always thinks we are geniuses. So a lot of the perception of the data is biased by the readers position, no matter what we do to try and mitigate that.

          • Jason in response to Chris Kolmar

            No one has answered why you are calling cities suburbs (like Council Bluffs which is the county seat for Pattawattamie county.) Nor has anyone answered why you ranked it 12 when neighborhood scout ranks it at 52 using the same alleged data?

          • Chris Kolmar in response to Jason

            Hey Jason,
            A city and a suburb are not mutually exclusive. A suburb is, by dictionary definition, any place within driving distance to a larger place.

            Here’s how we choose the suburbs:
            1. We started with Wikipedia’s list of inner-ring suburbs
            2. Then expanded to “if Wikipedia says it’s a suburb we used it,”
            3. Then proximity if a big city didn’t have any “official” suburbs or other cities touching it.

            Wichita was one such example of #3. So the suburbs we used are the 2-3 largest places within 30-50 miles.

            From what I can see from a quick Google search, Neighborhoodscout never ranked suburbs. But I’m more than happy to look at their methodology, which I’m assuming is different.

          • Jason in response to Chris Kolmar

            You do know anyone can edit a Wiki page? I can edit it to say LA is a suburb of NY, New York if I wanted to. As for Council Bluffs, Iowa (where I live) it is across a river from Omaha Nebraska, not even the same state. We are the county seat in our county and the largest city within 4 counties of Southwest Iowa. There is no way Council Bluffs can be considered a suburb.

            You still have not answered how you got Council Bluffs at 12 using the same information Neighborhood Scout used to put us at 56th in the nation.

            Further more I invite you to visit Council Bluffs, I promise you our scariest neighborhood is far safer than 90% of Omaha across the river.

          • Marcy in response to Chris Kolmar

            Hutchinson is NOT a suburb and Wichita has suburbs, which touch the city, such as Derby, Andover, and Park City. And Hutchinson is more than fifty miles from Wichita, 52.8 miles of mostly country to be exact, so your figures are flawed. If you can’t get suburbs correct, how can we trust any of your other statistics?

  14. Josie

    Well said, Gary and everyone else. One murder in one year does not make Hutchinson a dangerous city. Data like this should be compiled over many years not loosely based on one or two. Even the Census tracks trends only every 10 years. This is ridiculous! Obviously you should do better research on what is classified as a suburb. Good grief!

  15. Ed

    Hutchinson is a seedy hotbed of vice, violence, corruption, and filth. It’s much like Sodom and Gomorrah seething with perversion, lawlessness, and debauchery! No one in their right mind would peer out between their dusty blinds after 10:00 PM to search out the source of the devilish shrieks in the foggy darkness, much less shop at the dreadful vast dreary halls of the local mall! I’m certain that the youth have fallen to the path of abusing alcohol, then that insidious Marijuana! Oh Hutch how you have faltered in your zealous ways to remain stagnant and keep the minions struggling to live. It’s no wonder that your lives and property are at risk, you allow the likes of James Lowe, and bands, bands like Victim’s of Spotlight or Kingshifter

  16. Angie

    Hutchinson, KS is not a suburb of Wichita, Ks. We are not on the outskirts of, or adjacent to Wichita. Have you ever friggin’ been here??? We are an hour away from Wichita, with not much but farm land in between. It is not, has never ever been, nor will it ever be a suburb of Wichita.

  17. Bryan

    I don’t understand your “Big Deal” score. When you grant 30% of your points to murder, and 30% to violent crimes, you have unfairly given more weight to violent crime over property crime. UCR data included murder in violent crime.

    In addition, I think you will have rounding errors with such small numbers when normalizing for 100,000 residents. Rounding 5.49 murders down to 5 for one city, and 5.51 up to 6 for another will create a huge difference, especially when granting it 30% of the value of your “Big Deal” score.

    You also list cities with 0 murders as having a 1:0 chance of being a victim of murder. Wouldn’t it be a 0:(population) frequency of the crime occurring, rather than saying they have a “0″ chance of being a victim. This is saying they are guaranteed to not be murdered which is just silly. You can say 0 murders occurred, but you can’t say there was not a chance a murder could have occurred.

    • Chris Kolmar in response to Bryan

      Bryan,
      We don’t round when calculating the score, we only round for display purposes here.

      Yes, we put more weight on violent crimes because we felt that they are “more dangerous” than property crimes.

      The 0:1 and 1:0 is just a display error in the chart. The “chance of crime” wasn’t used in the calculation and is displayed to give you a different sense of what the numbers mean.

      • Bryan in response to Chris Kolmar

        Thanks for the clarification Chris. I have sent you an email and hope you will respond.

        • Bryan in response to Bryan

          Chris has shared his data set with me and while I have not validated each and every figure, it appears to be correct and I concur with his analysis.

  18. Tina D.

    So after crunching to the data myself, i have to say I’m confused as to why East St. Louis, IL, Inkster, MI and College Park, GA were not considered in your data gathering. There are a couple of others as well, but those stood out and wound up topping my list of suburbs. On another note, i find doing it per 10k to be more relatable and scalable than per 100k. People’s first instinct is to freak about inflated numbers. Also…Florida appears to be completely insane.

  19. KittyAtlanta

    Five months ago, two thugs kicked in my front door while I was watching TV. I had lived in EP for 35 years, with several burglaries along the way. The police responded to my call and after a bit told me there was no reason to file a police report, as no crime had been committed. Paid-for house or not, it is much nicer where I am now.I believe the article.

  20. Sal S.

    Oh my, your “study” was so comical I shared your report with The Onion! I can’t even believe you spent time calculating such ridiculousness, but thanks for the laugh. Did you miss your April Fools day report and decide to use it anyway? I love that in your study of 120 largest “suburbs” Newton, KS, is seriously being compared to Miami Beach?!? With 24 miles of mostly rural farmland between this sleepy community and Wichita, much less Hutchinson’s 50 miles, you have given new meaning to loose application. I could go on but I digress. Readers, check this out for a chuckle as you take a…bathroom break…this Friday.

    Almost forgot, the FBI left this disclosure on your source of data: Crime in the United States provides a nationwide view of crime based on statistics contributed by local, state, tribal, and federal law enforcement agencies. Population size and student enrollment are the only correlates of crime presented in this publication. Although many of the listed factors equally affect the crime of a particular area, the UCR Program makes no attempt to relate them to the data presented. The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, counties, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment. Until data users examine all the variables that affect crime in a town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction, they can make no meaningful comparisons.

  21. Tina Dharman

    I had said I would report back with my findings specifically for Inner Ring Suburbs.

    I used the list found here:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_inner_suburbs_in_the_United_States

    Many Cities were not in the FBI UCR data, but a good majority were. I used a calculation of number of crimes/divided by population * 10,000 (as opposed to 100,000 – which is standard, but makes suppositions for cities under 100k population)

    My List is as follows and I would be happy to provide the spreadsheets to back it up:

    Top 10 Inner Ring Suburbs
    Rank Suburb Metro VCrime per 10K PCrime per 10K
    1 East St.Louis,IL St. Louis 499.3 675.7
    2 Opa Locka, FL Miami 278 802.3 #11
    3 Camden, NJ Philadelphia 256.6 515.9
    4 Chester, PA Philadelphia 210.3 351.4
    5 College Park,GA Atlanta 201.9 1223 #4
    6 Highland Park,MI Detroit 197.1 555.2
    7 Chelsea, MA Boston 185.2 382.9
    8 Emeryville, CA San Francisco 169.8 1683 #2
    9 Inkster, MI Detroit 151.6 403.1
    10 McKees Rocks, PA Pittsburgh 150.1 535.2

    • Tina Dharman in response to Tina Dharman

      I accidentally hit post before completing my comment. The Numbers on the side for Opa Locka, College Park, and Emeryville represent their ranks in the Top 10 for Property Crimes.

      Based on this model, and another 2 models I ran (one by MSA, and one for top violent crime cities in every state – regardless of if hey are a suburb or large town, with a population similar to East Point Ga – between 25K and 50K) – East Point has not been in the top 10 for Violent Crimes at all. I will admit we have a high incidence of property crimes, but there are far more “dangerous” cities for violent crimes in the US, any way you slice it.

      I would prefer a retraction, or even a re-calculation, seeing as at least one city listed is apparently not a suburb at all, but regardless, this comment should set the record straight.

      As I said – I have all the data in a spreadsheet – I am happy to share it.

  22. Josh

    I have lived in mwc, ok my whole life also. In the last 3 yrs. We have lived on 15th and air depot. There has been home invasion next door tied up and robbed. 2 house break ins, my vehicle broken into, 2 gang fights, and a shooting 2 weeks ago. This is just on my street not even including my small neighborhood. We do have a lot of police but they arent doing anything to stop the real crime. I love my city and am not leaving it, just relocating to a better neighborhood in it for my young children sake.

  23. Brenda Jean

    WARNING!! Be extra careful this Saturday, April 19, entering the City of East Point (the most dangerous suburb in America).

    You may be accosted by wonderful smells at the EPMSA Farmer’s Market and Food Truck Court, as well as assailed by merchants hawking their wares. Saturday morning beginning at 9:00 AM.

    There is a particularly notorious section of town known as Jefferson Park. Please be careful going through there as well this Saturday. You may find some criminally low prices at the JPNA Spring Yard Sale.

    You may also need to be careful about being assaulted, by some diminutive egg-seekers at the annual Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church. These minute ruffians will be on the prowl beginning at 11:00 AM. You might get a head start on them by showing up in the Fellowship Hall between 10:30 – 10:45 AM. The church is located at 1150 Jefferson Avenue.

    And certainly be careful about those who may rob their gardens, trees, or shrubs, to being flowers, or other colorful vegetation to aid and abet in the decorating of the Community Cross, also at Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church. Members of our Flower Committee will be at the Cross to receive these “hot” items from Noon until 2:00 PM.

    Then be very careful the following morning and be on the lookout for a group meeting on the front steps of Jefferson Avenue Baptist Church for an Easter Sunrise Service. A confidential informant tells me that they plan to meet at 7:00 AM for the Sunrise Service, then again at 10:45 AM for their Easter Service.

    ~reposted from Robby Jackson, esteemed and beloved pastor at Jefferson Avenue Baptist Churh in East Point, GA.

  24. chad

    Food for thought from the source of the statistics:
    “Each year when Crime in the United States is published, many entities—news media, tourism agencies, and other groups with an interest in crime in our nation—use reported figures to compile rankings of cities and counties. These rankings, however, are merely a quick choice made by the data user; they provide no insight into the many variables that mold the crime in a particular town, city, county, state, region, or other jurisdiction. Consequently, these rankings lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analyses that often create misleading perceptions adversely affecting cities and counties, along with their residents. “

  25. sam

    Id just like to know why the list is using data from 2012.The numbers might be correct for 2012. How does that warrant top of the list for 2014?

    • Randy Nelson in response to sam

      Hey Sam, the Uniform Crime Report for 2012 was used in the analysis simply because that is the most recent full year of data made available by the FBI. We discuss that in the methodology section of the article. This data takes some time to be received by the FBI from the reporting municipalities, and for the FBI to standardize it, which is why it’s not available in full for 2013 just yet.

 

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