6. Bridgeport, Connecticut — A surprise to some, but the biggest city in Connecticut has a problem with violence, particularly with youth ages 12-17, so the city has introduced a curfew in an attempt to end late-night violence.
5. New Orleans, LA – Surprisingly, the Big Easy made it on this list. We say surprisingly because even though New Orleans is home to the University that graduates more Black Doctors than anywhere in the world (Xavier University), the youth under age 17 are still struggling due to low education scores and the number of violent crimes in a small radius.
4. Oakland, California — High poverty rates among African Americans and proximity to drug corridors put Oakland on the dangerous cities list.
3. St. Louis, Missouri — Partially because it’s less spread out than other cities, which incorporate safer suburbs and smaller communities, St. Louis has a high crime rate. It’s also a destination along drug-trafficking routes. Like Detroit, crime levels are falling, but not much.
2. Detroit, Michigan — Notice, how Illinois was in the top 10 last year, but a big city like the City of Chicago was not. The Motor City makes it on many lists of dangerous cities. The main reason? Gangs. And while violent crimes are on the decrease, they’re still higher than in many other cities.
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