Numbers sometimes lie. It is an adage that is familiar to, for one example, fans of sports. People who live in what have been deemed by Forbes to be the most dangerous cities in all of the United States for 2015 may claim that numbers lie as it pertains to where they live. Where the numbers are unfortunately accurate is the amount of violent crimes that occurred over a period of a year in the cities that were spotlighted by Forbes. That data, which Forbes obtained from the FBI Crime Statistics database, was how the US cities were ranked in this list.
One who is unfamiliar with the city may, at first, expect that New York would check in among the top ten most dangerous cities in the US. That, however, is not the case. Those with even a casual knowledge of the state of the country could probably guess what is, per Forbes, the most dangerous city in the US. That city is a repeat winner – or loser, depending on how you view the situation – even if things may be on the upswing for that region. Maybe, just maybe, that city will drop in future editions of this list before the end of the decade.
9 Stockton, California
5 Birmingham, Alabama
4 St. Louis
3 Oakland, California
Detroit is not just the most dangerous city in the US in name only. The city, according to Forbes, has a violent crime rate of 1,989 per 100,000. 298 murders took place in Detroit in 2014. Forbes does offer some information that Detroit could, slowly but surely, be turning things around:
There were 298 murders and intentional homicides in Detroit in 2014, the lowest number in 47 years, according to statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Detroit Police Department.
The city’s overall rate of violent crime, including assault and robbery, was 1,989 per 100,000 residents, down from over 2,000 in 2013 but still more than five times the national average, which also has been falling for years.
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