10 Scariest Cities in the United States – Know Before You Go

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If you've ever wondered how safe a city is, you're not alone. These are the 10 cities considered to be the most dangerous.

1. Memphis, Tennessee

With 7,913 crimes per 100,000 residents, Elvis Presley’s home state is now famous for more than rock and roll music. One resident puts it down to juveniles whose conduct has been exacerbated by the “lingering effects of pandemic-era boredom.”

2. St. Louis, Missouri

A lifetime St. Louis resident says in an online forum how a gang of youths is terrorizing his neighborhood, explaining how the police are too busy to do anything. Adding that it is a “death sentence” trying to confront them, he has lost hope in what used to be quite a safe place.

3. Oakland, California

2020 was a sad year for Oakland Raiders fans, who lost their franchise again — this time to Las Vegas. However, Oakland’s crime remained, with 2021 records showing 1,453 violent crimes per 100,000 people.

4. Albuquerque, New Mexico

The Duke City is now “171% more dangerous than the national average,” according to a recent report. With a crime rate of 6,356 per 100,000 residents, the chance of becoming a victim of crime is now one in 75 people.

5. Baltimore, Maryland

Baltimore experienced 177 murders in the first half of 2022, giving it one of the highest violent crime levels in the country. Drugs and gangs are central to most of Baltimore’s violence.  “My opinion is that it is safe unless you engage in high-risk activities,” says a 15-year resident.

6. New Orleans, Louisiana

According to recent findings, New Orleans has several neighborhoods to avoid: “Lower 9th Ward, Wake Lake Forest, and Pines Village.”  No other city captures the region’s unique historical tapestry and vibrant culture.

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