Top 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods in America

by October 6, 2010 10/6/10

There’s an excellent report that Walletpop.com has put together using FBI data from 17,000 local Law Enforcement agencies and neighborhoodscout.com, showing the top 25 neighborhoods in terms of violent crime.

What’s truly interesting about the approach to this data, is that these results are narrowed down into neighborhoods. Dr. Andrew Shiller from neighborhoodscout.com makes a great point when he states that “even the cities with the highest crime rates can have relatively safe neighborhoods, and thus it is less useful to generalize about an entire city.”

While Chicago is listed as the number one most dangerous neighborhood, Atlanta has the most neighborhoods in the top 25 with four.

Are you in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America? Find out below.

Top 25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods

1. Chicago, Ill.
Neighborhood: W. Lake St.
Found within ZIP code: 60612
Predicted annual violent crimes: 297
Violent crime rate (per 1,000): 257.72
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 4
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2. Cleveland, Ohio
Neighborhood: Scovill Ave.
Found within ZIP code: 44104
Predicted annual violent crimes: 307
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 165.56
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 6
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3. Las Vegas, Nev.
Neighborhood: Balzar Ave.
Found within ZIP code: 89106
Predicted annual violent crimes: 351
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 145.98
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 7
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4. Las Vegas, Nev.
Neighborhood: N. 28th St.
Found within ZIP code: 89101
Predicted annual violent crimes: 875
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 135.09
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 7
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5. Atlanta, Ga.
Neighborhood: Carter St.
Found within ZIP code: 30314, 30313
Predicted annual violent crimes: 118
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 126.77
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 8
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6. Philadelphia, Pa.
Neighborhood: N. 13th St.
Found within ZIP code: 19123
Predicted annual violent crimes: 488
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 117.19
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 9
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7. Atlanta, GA
Neighborhood: Marietta St.
Found within ZIP code: 30313, 30303
Predicted annual violent crimes: 307
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 114.18
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 9
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8. Las Vegas, Nev.
Neighborhood: D St.
Found within ZIP code: 89106, 89101
Predicted annual violent crimes: 392
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 113.53
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 9
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9. Washington, D.C.
Neighborhood: L St. SE
Found within ZIP code: 20003
Predicted annual violent crimes: 240
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 111.34
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 9
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10. Chattanooga, Tenn.
Neighborhood: King St.
Found within ZIP code: 37402, 37403, 37408
Predicted annual violent crimes: 114
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 110.79
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 9
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11. Charlotte, N.C.
Neighborhood: N. Tryon St.
Found within ZIP code: 28206
Predicted annual violent crimes: 352
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 108.94
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 9
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12. Memphis, Tenn.
Neighborhood: Florida St.
Found within ZIP code: 38106
Predicted annual violent crimes: 203
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 108.91
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 9
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13. North Charleston, S.C.
Neighborhood: Echo Ave.
Found within ZIP code: 29403, 29405
Predicted annual violent crimes: 233
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 108.86
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 9
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14. Louisville, Ky.
Neighborhood: E. Breckinridge St.
Found within ZIP code: 40203, 40204
Predicted annual violent crimes: 226
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 106.01
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 9
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15. Fort Worth, Texas
Neighborhood: E. Lancaster Ave.
Found within ZIP code: 76102, 76111, 76103
Predicted annual violent crimes: 284
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 98.12
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 10
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16. Winston-Salem, N.C.
Neighborhood: E. 21st St.
Found within ZIP code: 27105
Predicted annual violent crimes: 175
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 95.79
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 10
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17. Atlanta, Ga.
Neighborhood: Richardson St.
Found within ZIP code: 30312, 30303
Predicted annual violent crimes: 119
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 94.94
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 11
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18. Chicago, Ill.
Neighborhood: 4000 S. Federal St.
Found within ZIP code: 60609
Predicted annual violent crimes: 202
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 93.04
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 11
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19. Memphis, Tenn.
Neighborhood: N. Danny Thomas Blvd.
Found within ZIP code: 38105
Predicted annual violent crimes: 147
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 90.42
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 11
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20. Cleveland, Ohio
Neighborhood: Chestnut Pl.
Found within ZIP code: 44104, 44115
Predicted annual violent crimes: 156
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 90.38
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 11
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21. Galveston, Texas
Neighborhood: Church St.
Found within ZIP code: 77550
Predicted annual violent crimes: 84
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 88.1
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 11
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22. Atlanta, Ga.
Neighborhood: Humphries St. SW
Found within ZIP code: 30310
Predicted annual violent crimes: 119
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 82.96
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 12
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23. Kansas City, Mo.
Neighborhood: Independence Ave.
Found within ZIP code: 64106
Predicted annual violent crimes: 82
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 81.97
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 12
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24. Cincinnati, Ohio
Neighborhood: Moore St.
Found within ZIP code: 45210
Predicted annual violent crimes: 150
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 81.92
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 12
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25. Orlando, Fla.
Neighborhood: W. Central Blvd.
Found within ZIP code: 32805, 32801
Predicted annual violent crimes: 299
Violent crime rate(per 1,000): 79.83
My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 13
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Thanks to Matt P. for the heads up on this report!

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Ken
Ken

And what do all these "neighborhoods" have in common? They have all been run by Liberal democrats for so many years that few people in them can even remember when a Conservative might have held office. Let's look at Cleveland for example - the famous "Obamaphone" lady lives here. She has all the handouts that any good government dependee could want, and yet she is probably too frightened to leave her house after dark, for fear of being shot. Some trade off!!

chris
chris

i call bs: this blog post is advertising pretending to be news. or to be more accurate, the original "article" cited seems to be aol/dailyfinance/walletpop posting a locationinc/neighborhood scout press release verbatim.

yes, the neighborhoods listed can be dangerous--i'm originally from kcmo and have lived in chicago for 12 years--but the info and numbers just don't add up as presented. maybe the assertions can be supported by numbers, but, ultimately, you'll have to subscribe to neighborhoodscout website to do the research. however, based on public info, i see the following problems with the listing #1, which makes me suspect all of the data here:

1) the "neighborhoods" listed are not recognized neighborhoods. do they mean near west side? or maybe just zeroing in on that public housing block on lake st.?

2) (Predicted annual violent crimes: 297) how is this calculated? did they survey likely criminals? seems to me this is more related to uncontrollable variables like the weather.

3) (Violent crime rate (per 1,000): 257.72) hmmm, pretty close to the annual number of violent crimes. so there are only 1000 people living in what looks to be a 25 block square area of chicago? according to the last census, the 60612 zip code has a population of nearly 40,000. i doubt this large of an area only accounts for only 1/40th of the zip code's population. according to the chicago tribune, the violent crime rate for the nearest official neighborhood/community area in chicago, EAST GARFIELD PARK is close to 110 TIMES lower than this figure figure at 2.3 violent crimes/1000 people over the past year. and this the 3rd most violent neighborhood in chicago http://crime.chicagotribune.com/chicago/

4) (My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 4) the actual chances are more like 1 in 500.

also, if you're in KC, make sure you head just south of hood #23 and get some arthur bryant's bbq.

chris
chris

i call bs: this blog post is advertising pretending to be news. or to be more accurate, the original "article" cited seems to be aol/dailyfinance/walletpop posting a locationinc/neighborhood scout press release verbatim. yes, the neighborhoods listed can be dangerous--i'm originally from kcmo and have lived in chicago for 12 years--but the info and numbers just don't add up as presented. maybe the assertions can be supported by numbers, but, ultimately, you'll have to subscribe to neighborhoodscout website to do the research. however, based on public info, i see the following problems with the listing #1, which makes me suspect all of the data here: 1) the "neighborhoods" listed are not recognized neighborhoods. do they mean near west side? or maybe just zeroing in on that public housing block on lake st.? 2) (Predicted annual violent crimes: 297) how is this calculated? did they survey likely criminals? seems to me this is more related to uncontrollable variables like the weather. 3) (Violent crime rate (per 1,000): 257.72) hmmm, pretty close to the annual number of violent crimes. so there are only 1000 people living in what looks to be a 25 block square area of chicago? according to the last census, the 60612 zip code has a population of nearly 40,000. i doubt this large of an area only accounts for only 1/40th of the zip code's population. according to the chicago tribune, the violent crime rate for the nearest official neighborhood/community area in chicago, EAST GARFIELD PARK is close to 110 TIMES lower than this figure figure at 2.3 violent crimes/1000 people over the past year. and this the 3rd most violent neighborhood in chicago http://crime.chicagotribune.com/chicago/ 4) (My chances of becoming a victim here (in one year): 1 in 4) the actual chances are more like 1 in 500. also, if you're in KC, make sure you head just south of hood #23 and get some arthur bryant's bbq.

Shelley
Shelley

Wow! Aurora and Colombine didn't even make this list... so strange! All these stats of people being arrested not of actual criminals didn't really help them at all did it?

kneedragger
kneedragger

sweetness. i'm sandwhiched between three in las vegas.

miami
miami

im suprised miami new york los angelas didnt make this list cus from what i heard miami is capital murder and los angelas too.

Vlad
Vlad

This can't be right. Camden nj was murder capital of usa yet it's not on the list. Newark nj isn't on the list either and it was car theft capital of usa before detroit stole that back.

Norman Clark
Norman Clark

I work in the Balzar/ D st neighborhoods in Las Vegas Nevada. They aren't great neighborhoods. But they are not as bad as they were ten years ago. Just sayin.

btmims
btmims

Talking about neighborhoods, not wanting to generalize about cities? ...Yeah pretty much all of North Charleston (#13) is sketchy, with only a few areas where it's not so bad, like the the mall or Trident Technical College. Well, during daylight, anyways. Night makes even those places kind of tough.

Bobby
Bobby

Shocked South Dallas didn't make the list.

quicksaber
quicksaber

How many people who live in these neighborhoods actuly report crimes aka snitch to the police. If it is a heavy gang area how much is just taken care of by the gangs?

Are people are afraid to report it do to retaliation. I bet alot of areas where left out because people just stopped calling the police.

quicksaber
quicksaber

How many people who live in these neighborhoods actuly report crimes aka snitch to the police. If it is a heavy gang area how much is just taken care of by the gangs? Are people are afraid to report it do to retaliation. I bet alot of areas where left out because people just stopped calling the police.

Reddog
Reddog

25 neighborhoods, 21 Democrat mayors, 2 Republican mayors, and 2 of unknown party. Can we call that a trend?

FiveOh
FiveOh

Another useful site for many cities is http://www.crimemapping.com/

In Texas, both Ft Worth and Dallas police departments have start putting up crime stats on this site.

FiveOh
FiveOh

Another useful site for many cities is http://www.crimemapping.com/ In Texas, both Ft Worth and Dallas police departments have start putting up crime stats on this site.

FiveOh
FiveOh

#15 is the Fort Worth Housing Authority's Butler Place (the projects) and all the Homeless Shelters. In the couple years I was a beat officer in those areas, you could spot the folks who were lost by the the very wide-eyed "we're not in a part of Fort Worth that we recognize anymore" look on their faces.

Casey
Casey

By the way, the proper name for #24 is "Over the Rhine;" and, yes, it 's a dump.

Joe Roberts
Joe Roberts

Access to data like this can hopefully better connect comm.unities to help one another

Buck Hempel
Buck Hempel

Nothing in Detroit?! I can't believe it!

Daniel Garcia
Daniel Garcia

Where my old neighborhood? They surely missed a big one!

jelly
jelly

Yeah, I gotta say - there is a surprising amount of ATL/GA, LV/NV, TN, KY, TX, OH, SC/NC, MO, etc.. Compared to all the Democrat stronghold cities often cited as crime hellholes. Of course, DC and Chi-Town are well represented but LA, Oakland, Boston, Milwaukee, Philly, _BALTIMORE_.. All missing!

I guess it's a question of whether the crime is evenly buttered across town or concentrated only in neighborhoods!

On another note, they're all large cities. That's another trope along with the 'most dangerous cities are the ones with strictest gun laws' trope, which this study only reinforces. Move to a small town if you can is the message, I guess.

jelly
jelly

Yeah, I gotta say - there is a surprising amount of ATL/GA, LV/NV, TN, KY, TX, OH, SC/NC, MO, etc.. Compared to all the Democrat stronghold cities often cited as crime hellholes. Of course, DC and Chi-Town are well represented but LA, Oakland, Boston, Milwaukee, Philly, _BALTIMORE_.. All missing! I guess it's a question of whether the crime is evenly buttered across town or concentrated only in neighborhoods! On another note, they're all large cities. That's another trope along with the 'most dangerous cities are the ones with strictest gun laws' trope, which this study only reinforces. Move to a small town if you can is the message, I guess.

Mr. President
Mr. President

Note the LOW INCOME and LESS EDUCATED common thread between them. How long before Bobama writes a bill requiring us to fix that too?

wrestlingnrj
wrestlingnrj

Just to add to what has all ready been pointed out about Chicago, I'm really surprised that Oakland or Los Angeles didn't make this list. I always thought that they were fairly high up in the violent crime rates.

Alden
Alden

Chicago also has some of the most restrictive gun laws in the country... coincidence?

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Couldn't agree more Rick, and one could argue that the gun laws are what made them number one in the first place!

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Ryan, #15 is right where I used to work. While most of these are obvious for those living in the respective areas, it's interesting to have fact to back up assumptions on which neighborhoods around you are the most dangerous in America.

Thanks for the comment and stay safe!

Rick
Rick

I am so glad my area made it to number one!! LOL..sad that Chicago has some of the strictest gun laws but yet the political idiots there fail to see how their gun laws have not changed anything...

Ryan
Ryan

Awesome... #2 and #20 are in my zone at work. A rather dubious distinction!

The Diagnosis
The Diagnosis

OTR is the Name, but what about the Fact that Avondale and Bond Hill both have higher Murder per capita rates? Here's a Question for the Forum... Why are the Worst Neighbornoods the same that Blamed all the Liquor & Gun Stores, ran the businesses out and then became Violent?

That's Right!!! Only Criminals have Guns when having a Gun is a Crime.

The Diagnosis
The Diagnosis

OTR is the Name, but what about the Fact that Avondale and Bond Hill both have higher Murder per capita rates? Here's a Question for the Forum... Why are the Worst Neighbornoods the same that Blamed all the Liquor & Gun Stores, ran the businesses out and then became Violent? That's Right!!! Only Criminals have Guns when having a Gun is a Crime.

Casey
Casey

Everybody left... :)

random
random

Those are also mostly cities that vote blue, not surprising at all

Bryan Black
Bryan Black

Ryan, #15 is right where I used to work. While most of these are obvious for those living in the respective areas, it's interesting to have fact to back up assumptions on which neighborhoods around you are the most dangerous in America. Thanks for the comment and stay safe!

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