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St. Louis Most DangerousCity in 2005; Brick Safest

Posted Sep 13 2008 6:56am

I was going to post about my birthday, which was on Saturday, but I’m going to delay a day or so because Morgan Quitno has come out with its safest/most dangerous city report, which is especially relevant to parents. Here’s my post last year.

St. Louis topped the list as the most dangerous city in the U.S., which The Washington Post explores here. What is shocking is that crime in this city surged 20 percent from 2004 to 2005 despite spending millions of dollars on urban renewal.

I’ve only been to St. Louis a couple of times two decades ago, but it seemed to me that city was heavily divided by haves and have-nots. Is that still the case?

I’ve never been to the coastal city of Brick, N.J., which was named the safest city in the nation, but it looks like a great place. Brick’s “safety record is impressive, with no murders or rapes reported,” says Scott Morgan, president of Morgan Quitno Press through a news release. “Brick also boasts the lowest overall violent crime and robbery rates among cities across the nation.” Any readers who can tell us more about the Brick?

Ironically, the very city we moved to, Chicago, was left out of the safe city report because it failed to report rapes according to FBI standards. The town we used to live in, Upland, also seems to be missing.

Without further explanation, here are some key numbers:

10 Safest Overall Cities

  1. Brick, NJ
  2. Amherst, NY
  3. Mission Viejo, CA
  4. Newton, MA
  5. Troy, MI
  6. Colonie, NY
  7. Irvine, CA
  8. Cary, NC
  9. Greece, NY
  10. Coral Springs, FL

10 Most Dangerous Cities

  1. St. Louis, MO
  2. Detroit, MI
  3. Flint, MI
  4. Compton, CA
  5. Camden, NJ
  6. Birmingham, AL
  7. Cleveland, OH
  8. Oakland, CA
  9. Youngstown, OH
  10. Gary, IN

Possibly because of California’s relative size, it has six cities on the Top 25 Safest list and four in the Most Dangerous list.

Also, my former hometown of Gilbert, Arizona, placed 22nd. Washington, D.C., still remains a relatively dangerous place to live, coming in at 19th on the bad list.

West Palm Beach, Florida – the locale I met my wife – placed 7th in the Most Dangerous category for cities of similar size. Last year it was 2nd.

Below are the Top and Bottom 10 metro areas:

Top 10 Safest Metro Areas

  1. Fond du Lac, WI
  2. State College, PA
  3. Bangor, ME
  4. Eau Claire, WI
  5. Appleton, WI
  6. Sheboygan, WI
  7. Bismarck, ND
  8. La Crosse, WI-MN
  9. Logan, UT-ID
  10. Wausau, WI

Top 10 Most Dangerous Metro Areas

  1. Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI M.D.
  2. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
  3. Pine Bluff, AR
  4. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV
  5. Florence, SC
  6. Myrtle Beach, SC
  7. Flint, MI
  8. Stockton, CA
  9. Jackson, TN
  10. Shreveport-Bossier City, LA

As you can see, Wisconsin seems to be leading the pack with six metro areas in the Top 10. It only had five last year. The Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale area, where my mom still lives, continues to fare poorly, which is the 21st most dangerous place to live, though Scottsdale probably ranks higher by itself.

If you are a parent planning to move and you don’t find your city on the list, you can buy the complete digital report for about $2. Before buying the list, be sure to check the included cities list here.

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