CQ Press has released its list of the Top 10 most dangerous cities. Or, put another way, the 10 cities that are the most crime-filled. CQ Press is an independent publisher and the results are based on a compilation of various statistics.
The cities, listed from number ten to number one (one being the “worst”), are:
10. Birmingham, Alabama
9. Gary, Indiana
8. Compton, Calif.
7. Cleveland, Ohio
6. Richmond, Calif.
5. Oakland, Calif.
4. Flint, Michigan
3. Detroit, Michigan
2. Camden, New Jersey
1. St. Louis, Missouri
I’ve lived in Gary and Cleveland for periods of time, and found neither to be particularly “dangerous.” Of course, the cities themselves argue that the statistics are “massaged.” The mayors have a unique way of putting it I will allude to later. So what cities are the “most dangerous?”
In addition to using CQ Press as a reference, I have chosen The Huffington Post, which has an article posted titled “Most Dangerous Cities in America (Photos).” As the title suggests, there are photos of the top not 10, but 15 cities. You get more for your money!
St. Louis is just about three hours from my home of Peoria, Illinois. Of course it is a big city (2.8 million). And the more people you have, the more problems you are going to have.
However, this isn’t the reason; otherwise, the top cities would just follow the largest populations. While the whole country is represented, you have to ask why there are three cities in California represented and why there are two in Michigan. They are not that far from Gary, where it is apparently unsafe, yet Indianapolis isn’t a problem.
Think about the fact that Michigan, home to the automobile, is full of unemployment; Gary has unemployment as well. The cities in southern California have gang problems and unemployment as well.
What is interesting but not surprising is that people who are the “higher-ups” in the cities would rather argue about the results than admit to them and then do something about them.
As I said earlier, the U.S Conference of Mayors released a statement calling the listing a “premeditated statistical mugging of America’s cities.”
Well, if nothing else, the words they used were in line with the topic.
Of course we can’t look at these numbers and say they are exact; they aren’t meant to be, and if the Mayors understood anything, they would realize this. Statistics are never meant to be an end. Statistics show trends, and these statistics show these 10 cities trending the wrong way.
If we had more politicians who were willing to accept things and try to improve them rather than deny truth, how much better off we would be.
St. Louis Website, “St. Louis Population and Demographics”
CQ Press Website, “2010 City Crime Rate Rankings”
Huffington Post Website, “Most Dangerous Cities in America (Photos)”