Moving to a new city is not easy at all; it takes patience, hard work, and lots of reasearch Yes, research, and it’s not just about which city offers the best outdoor/indoor activities or the best job opportunities (although these are important in their own therm) It’s, first and foremost, important to know which city is safer than the other.  So many people move to a new city and end up risking their lives or being attacked by muggers, burglars, shooters, or rapists.  While crime is everywhere, the crime rate differs from one city to another; take Detroit, for example.

This city continues to reign the first place on the list of the most dangerous cities in the United States, so unless you “have to,” don’t just move to it when you’re not capable of living there. Anyways, this is a list of the top 5 most dangerous cities in the US-2021 version!

1. Detroit, Michigan

It’s no surprise that Detroit comes at the top of this list of the most dangerous cities in the US as the city’s violent crime rate as of 2021 is 19.5 per 1,000 population, meaning that your chance of being a victim is 1 in 51. In addition to that, the suicide rate, high property taxes, traffic congestion, and high poverty are all problems that are plaguing Detroit and making it not only the most dangerous but also “the most stressed out” city. So, if you prioritize safety over entertainment, Detroit is not the place for you!

2. Memphis, Tennessee

 Crime swirls a lot in this city, with the crime rate pointing at 109.0 per 1,000 residents (chance of being a victim: 1 in 52). Memphis has the second largest population in Tennessee behind Nashville and is considered the second most dangerous city in America. The property crime rate (burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft) in Memphis is almost 6,300 crimes per 100,000 people every year. And let’s not get started about violent crimes like murder, rape, assault, etc.

 3. Baltimore, Maryland 

The rate of violent crimes in Baltimore currently stands at 19.0 per 1,000 residents, and the chances of being a victim is 1 in 53.

Baltimore is a city with a population of more than 6,000 whose major problems include homicide, drug abuse (mainly, addiction to heroin), and robbery— which sees the highest number per capita in the US. According to the DEA, 10% of this city’s population is addicted to heroin, so it is not uncommon for a resident to be a victim of drug addiction, which can, as a result, lead to crimes against other residents.

4. New Orleans, Louisiana

 New Orleans is the largest city in Louisiana, with a population of over 390,845 inhabitants.  The violent crime rate per 1,000 residents in New Orleans is 11.6, making the chances of being a victim 1 in 86 people. Statistics show that the crime rate in this city has decreased over the years, since 1994. In 1994, New Orleans was known as the “Murder Capital of America,” with 424 murders reported that year.

5. St. Louis, Missouri

 The crime rate of this city with 200,000 inhabitants scores 19.2 per 1,000 residents, with the chance of being a victim rising to 1 in 51 people.  The major crimes in St. Louis involve homicide and assault (one-third of all the homicides and half of all the assaults take place in the north part of the city). In 2020, the city recorded 87 killings per 100,000 inhabitants.

So, if you were planning to move to either of these five dangerous cities, you now know better to avoid them. And that was your list of the most dangerous cities in the US; use it as a reference!