Most Dangerous U.S. Cities
 Most dangerous U.S. cities. CQ Press recently analyzed FBI statistics to rank the most dangerous cities in the nation. Based on violent crime findings, the study exposed cities big and small, notorious and not.  Find more about the study, including the methodology.


Dayton, the 20th most dangerous city, is not nearly the largest city in Ohio.


Hartford is the capital of Connecticut and is sometimes known by this moniker, because it's home to companies including Aetna and Travelers.  Hartford is also the nation's second-poorest city. Unlike Hartford, the country's poorest city is not among the most dangerous. 

New Haven

New Haven is home to an Ivy League school and claims to be the birthplace of a favorite American food. As one of the state's largest cities, what is New Haven's population? 


Buffalo is the second-largest city in New York and near a landmark. Though it is the 17th most dangerous city, Forbes ranked it favorably.  

Baton Rouge

Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, is a college town. A bulk of the population attends college, including one of the nation's biggest universities. 

Little Rock

Little Rock is the largest city in and capital of Arkansas. Why is it called Little Rock?


Jackson is the capital of and most populous city in Mississippi. Despite its rank as the 14th most dangerous city, it was lauded by Forbes in 2009. A famous police killing occurred there in the 1970s. 

New Orleans  

The current population of New Orleans is much smaller than before Hurricane Katrina. The population greatly increases during Mardi Gras.  


Memphis has the highest population in Tennessee. One religion thrives in Memphis, and so does the second-most-visited home in the United States. 


Baltimore is the biggest city in Maryland. It is the 11th most dangerous city, but crime there has decreased. HBO capitalized on the city's criminal reputation, with a popular crime series shot there.


Birmingham is the most populous city in Alabama.


Gary is a small city in Indiana and neighbors one of the biggest cities in the nation. In 2008, Gary police were caught in a civil rights violation. 


Compton is among the largest cities in California. Compton's rank as the 8th most dangerous city follows a history of violence. The city's Gifts for Guns program may reverse the trend. 


Cleveland has a shrinking population. Though known as the "Comeback City" in Ohio, its danger ranking has increased. 


Richmond is in a large metropolis in California. Richmond's police notoriously acknowledged crime. The city is one of the state's smallest municipalities


Oakland is mere miles from the safer San Francisco. Oakland has a large population. The city had a record number of homicides in the '90s.  


Flint is far from being the biggest city in Michigan. Recent years have been especially violent in Flint. The mayor spoke solemnly last year. 


Detroit is known as "Motor City" and "Motown." Detroit has a criminal reputation, but crime is decreasing. The city's 8 Mile Road is notorious. Remember the Eminem movie, "8 Mile"? 


Camden is a small city in New Jersey. Camden's danger rank has been up and down. A serial killer attacked in 1949. 

St. Louis

St. Louis is not the largest city in Missouri, but it is the largest metropolis