A new national study released today by CQ Press names St. Louis the most dangerous city in the United States, with 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. St. Louis edged out Camden, New Jersey, which was named most dangerous city last year, and in 2003 and 2004.
A pair of cities in Michigan—Detroit and Flint—were third and fourth on the list, respectively, with Oakland, California ranking fifth.
The national average is 429.4 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.
The crime rates are calculated using six categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. Four hundred cities and three-hundred forty-seven metropolitan areas were considered.
For the second straight year, the safest city with more than 75,000 residents was Colonie, New York, a suburb of Albany.
The rankings are based on population figures and crime data compiled by the FBI. The complete rankings are available in “City Crime Rankings 2010-2011: Crime in Metropolitan America.”