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NeighborhoodScout’s Most Dangerous Cities – 2021

Jan 2, 2021 | by: Dr. Andrew Schiller | Crime, Top Lists
NeighborhoodScout’s Most Dangerous Cities – 2021

2021 Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S.

Our research reveals the 100 most dangerous cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents.  Violent crimes include murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.  The data used for this research are the number of violent crimes reported to have occurred in each city, and the population of each city.

Detroit, MI remains in the number one spot as the most violent city in America for the second straight year with a violent crime rate of 19.5 per 1,000 population, and the chance of being a violent crime victim is 1 in 51.  The city reported 13,088 violent crimes last year, down 3% from the prior year.  Despite the high crime rate, Detroit remains a popular tourist destination known for local craft beer and cuisine, the Motown music scene, and its historical architecture.  In addition to Detroit, nine other cities in Michigan make this year’s top 100.

There are some newcomers to the list this year.  Atlantic City, NJ creeps back into the list at ninety-nine with a 16% year-over-year increase in its violent crime rate.  Dallas, TX, the 9th largest city in the U.S., appears on the list for the first time at number eighty-nine with a violent crime rate of 8.7 per 1,000.  This is an increase of 13% compared to the previous year.  Spartanburg, SC, a historic Revolutionary War city, is the newcomer with the highest violent crime rate of 12.0 per 1,000 population.

See the complete dangerous U.S. cities list below.  Click on any city name for a complete crime report and neighborhood crime map.

For more information, see our FAQ on how we rank the most dangerous cities in America

1. Detroit, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.5
  • Your chance of being a victim: 1 in 51

2. St. Louis, MO

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 51

3. Memphis, TN

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 52

4. Baltimore, MD

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 19.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 53

5. Monroe, LA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 17.9
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 55

6. Danville, IL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 17.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 56

7. Wilmington, DE

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 62

8. Alexandria, LA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 63

9. Camden, NJ

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.7
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 63

10. Scranton, PA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.7
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 63

11. Pine Bluff, AR

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 64

12. Springfield, MO

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65

13. Little Rock, AR

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65

14. Saginaw, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65

15. San Bernardino, CA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65

16. Cleveland, OH

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 15.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 65

17. Kansas City, MO

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 14.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 69

18. Stockton, CA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 14.1
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 70

19. Canton, OH

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 13.9
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 71

20. Chester, PA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 13.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 72

21. Albuquerque, NM

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 13.7
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 72

22. Flint, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 13.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 73

23. Milwaukee, WI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 13.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 73

24. South Bend, IN

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 13.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 74

25. Pontiac, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 13.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 76

26. Oakland, CA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 12.9
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 77

27. Kalamazoo, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 12.7
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 78

28. Anchorage, AK

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 12.4
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 80

29. Spartanburg, SC

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 12.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 83

30. Myrtle Beach, SC

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.9
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 83

31. Rockford, IL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 84

32. Jackson, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 86

33. Florence, SC

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 86

34. New Orleans, LA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 86

35. Compton, CA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 86

36. Newburgh, NY

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 86

37. Daytona Beach, FL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.4
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 87

38. Trenton, NJ

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.4
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 87

39. Battle Creek, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.4
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 87

40. Wichita, KS

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.4
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 87

41. Lansing, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.1
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 89

42. Nashville, TN

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.1
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 90

43. Houston, TX

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 90

44. Albany, GA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.9
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 91

45. Odessa, TX

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 92

46. Muskogee, OK

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 92

47. Lake Worth, FL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.7
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 93

48. Chattanooga, TN

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 93

49. Beaumont, TX

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 93

50. Paragould, AR

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 94

51. Sumter, SC

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 94

52. Washington, DC

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.4
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 95

53. Peoria, IL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.4
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 95

54. East St. Louis, IL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.4
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 97

55. Alton, IL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 97

56. Cleveland, TN

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 98

57. Lubbock, TX

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.1
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 98

58. Buffalo, NY

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 99

59. Homestead, FL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.9
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 100

60. Tulsa, OK

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 96

61. Riviera Beach, FL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 101

62. Fort Smith, AR

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 101

63. Jackson, TN

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.7
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 103

64. Miami Beach, FL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 103

65. North Charleston, SC

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 103

66. Dayton, OH

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 103

67. Jacksonville, AR

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 104

68. Portsmouth, VA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 104

69. Toledo, OH

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 104

70. Minneapolis, MN

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 104

71. Baton Rouge, LA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 105

72. Salisbury, MD

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 105

73. Chicago, IL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.4
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 105

74. Richmond, CA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.4
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 106

75. Monroe, NC

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 107

76. Champaign, IL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.3
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 107

77. Lawton, OK

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 107

78. Niagara Falls, NY

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.2
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 108

79. Lauderdale Lakes, FL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.1
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 109

80. Springfield, MA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.1
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 109

81. Kankakee, IL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 110

82. Akron, OH

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 110

83. Juneau, AK

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 110

84. Harrisburg, PA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 110

85. New Haven, CT

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.0
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 111

86. Dover, DE

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.9
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 111

87. Desert Hot Springs, CA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 113

88. Muskegon, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.8
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 113

89. Dallas, TX

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.7
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 113

90. North Las Vegas, NV

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.7
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 114

91. Fayetteville, NC

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 115

92. Corpus Christi, TX

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 115

93. Bay City, MI

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 115

94. Holyoke, MA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 115

95. Lancaster, CA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 115

96. Fall River, MA

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 115

97. Hartford, CT

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.6
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 116

98. Carbondale, IL

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 116

99. Atlantic City, NJ

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 116

100. Wheeling, WV

  • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 8.5
  • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 116