While you might be familiar with the most dangerous (or safest) cities in America, you have to remember that every area has its good and bad parts.
The FBI has released its findings of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America, and you’ll want to take note. Some of them lie in cities that aren’t considered dangerous overall, but still have a tremendous amount of violent crime in specific areas.
Take a look at how the list breaks down:
Detroit, Michigan — W. Warren Ave / Mckinley St
If you reside in this area, your odds of being a victim of violent crime any given year are 1 in 13.
Tulsa, OK — E Mowawk Blvd / N Cincinnati Ave
It might not seem like Oklahoma is a hotbed of violent crime, but this neighborhood has a ridiculously high 7,886 incidents of violence per 100,000 people.
East St. Louis, IL — City Center
You may have heard of this place, which is actually in Illinois. 80 out of 1,000 people are involved in violence, and rarely a day goes by without reports of gunfire.
Baltimore, MD — Druid Hill Ave / Laurens St.
Baltimore, unfortunately, boasts more than one entry on this list. Much of the problem starts with poverty. 95.5% of Maryland neighborhoods have more money than this place.
Memphis, TN — E. Eh Crump Blvd / S 4th St
Rent here averages around $700 per month, attracting lots of drug addicts and vagrants.
It’s a suburban neighborhood, but that doesn’t keep it from being among America’s worst.
Camden, NJ — Ferry Ave / S 8th St
You have a 1 in 11 chance of being a victim of violent crime just by living here. The picture shows you the atmosphere of the area.
Memphis, TN — E Mclemore Ave / Latham St
Again, back to Memphis. Here, homes run just $45,000, which again, brings the impoverished in from other areas. There’s almost no economy to speak of in the area, causing residents to turn to crime.
Pittsburgh, PA — Chicago St / Mount Pleasant Rd
This neighborhood is home more to vacant houses than it is happy families. The absence of industry in the area has taken its toll, leading to a crime and poverty everywhere. One in three houses is abandoned here.
Houston, TX — Scott St / Wilmington St
Texas reputation for guns is warranted here. Though it’s suburban, this part of Houston is home to several high-rise, low-income housing projects and apartment buildings, leading to incredibly dense, invulnerable strongholds of crime.
Baltimore, MD — W Mulberry St / N Fremont Ave
We’re sad to say that the bleak landscape painted on shows like The Wire and Homicide: Life on the Street are grounded in reality. For every 100,000 people, the neighborhood somehow creates 9,379 violent crimes. With little tax base, there’s no real hope for infrastructure improvements, meaning the situation, sadly, isn’t likely to improve very soon.