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The Federal Bureau of Investigations has updated their list of the most dangerous cities in America.

The FBI has scored the cities based on their murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft rate.

The numbers indicate how high the city ranks against the national rate, the higher the number—the more dangerous the city.

Luckily for residents of Camden, New Jersey their city no longer tops the list.

Atlanta ranks 25th on the list, and Baltimore, Maryland just missed making the top 10, coming in at 11.

So who made this year’s top ten list?

Check out who put last year’s most dangerous city list to shame below.

10. Birmingham, AL (244.83)

Birmingham, Alabama rounds out the top ten with a score of 244.83. Birmingham moved down three spots this year from its previous ranking of #7.
The city previously ranked #7 in highest reported rapes.

9. Gary, IN (250.48)

The birthplace of Michael Jackson made the list again with a score of 250.48

8. Compton, CA (260.13)

Compton, California is continuing to be ranked one of the most dangerous cities in America. Compton is one of three California cities considered one of the ’10 most dangerous cities in America and has a score of 260.13.

7. Cleveland, OH (260.60)

Cleveland comes in at #7 with a score of 260.60. The ‘Forest City’ previously ranked number 2 in robberies in 2009.

6. Richmond, CA (287.15)

The city portrayed as the harsh setting in the 2005 film ‘Coach Carter’ is located in the East Bay part of the San Francisco Bay Area and has a score of 287.15.

5. Oakland, CA (308.29)

Oakland rounds out the top five with a crime rate 308.29 higher than the national average.

4. Flint, MI (310.31)

Flint moved up one spot on this year’s list coming in at the #4 spot. The Midwest city previously ranked number #1 in burglary and assault.

3. Detroit, MI (356.44)

Also one of the poorest cities in America, Detroit takes the third spot on the list of most dangerous cities. Detroit previously ranked #4 last year but has since switched places with its fellow Michigan city of Flint.

2. Camden, NJ (374.33)

Residents of Camden, New Jersey should be glad to know it lost its top spot as the most dangerous city in America. The city previously ranked #1 in 2009, 2004 and 2003.

1. St. Louis, MO (381.62)

The FBI’s study shows that St. Louis has 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 residents significantly higher than the national average of 429.4.

City officials are challenging the FBI’s claims however and say that the ranking is grossly misleading.

The spokeswoman for St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay says crime is down 7 percent this year and the spokeswoman for the St. Louis Police Department, Erica Van Ross, calls the findings irresponsible.

She tells the Associated Press,
“Crime is based on a variety of factors. It’s based on geography, it’s based on poverty, it’s based on the economy.”

St. Louis’ score is 381.62 compared to the safest city in America Colonie, NY which has a score of -82.49.

The 25 Most Dangerous Cities

1. St. Louis, MO
2. Camden, NJ
3. Detroit, MI
4. Flint, MI
5. Oakland, CA
6. Richmond, CA
7. Cleveland, OH
8. Compton, CA
9. Gary, IN
10. Birmingham, AL
11. Baltimore, MD
12. Memphis, TN
13. New Orleans, LA
14. Jackson, MS
15. Little Rock, AR
16. Baton Rouge, LA
17. Buffalo, NY
18. New Haven, CT
19. Hartford, CT
20. Dayton, OH
21. Kansas City, MO
22. Washington, DC
23. Newark, NJ
24. Cincinnati, OH
25. Atlanta, GA

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