Most Dangerous Places in the U.S. in 2020-21

Crime rate can be one of the deciding factors of where families settle down. Based on the metro areas’ murder and property crime rates per 100,000 people, determined by FBI crime reports, these are the most dangerous places to live in the United States. For more information on how we rank, read the Best Places to Live methodology.

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  1. San Juan, PR
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    San Juan, PR

    #1 in Most Dangerous Places

    Formally established in 1521, San Juan is the oldest continuously occupied European-settled metropolitan area within... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    3.3
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    2.8
    Value
    Value
    2.4
    Overall Score
    3.3
    Quality of Life
    2.8
    Value
    2.4
  2. Jackson, MS
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    Jackson, MS

    #2 in Most Dangerous Places

    In its heyday, Jackson, Mississippi, was the soul of the American music industry. Renowned R&B, blues and jazz singers... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    5.6
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    4.5
    Value
    Value
    7.3
    Overall Score
    5.6
    Quality of Life
    4.5
    Value
    7.3
  3. Memphis, TN
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    Memphis, TN

    #3 in Most Dangerous Places

    Set in the Mississippi Delta, Memphis is a metro area where the energy of urban living melds with the slow rhythms of... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    5.6
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    4.5
    Value
    Value
    6.3
    Overall Score
    5.6
    Quality of Life
    4.5
    Value
    6.3
  4. Baton Rouge, LA
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    Baton Rouge, LA

    #4 in Most Dangerous Places

    Baton Rouge, the ever-expanding capital of Louisiana, increasingly absorbs the flavor of New Orleans without adopting... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    5.9
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    4.7
    Value
    Value
    7.7
    Overall Score
    5.9
    Quality of Life
    4.7
    Value
    7.7
  5. New Orleans, LA
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    New Orleans, LA

    #5 in Most Dangerous Places

    New Orleans charms visitors and locals alike with its music, diverse cuisine and a stubborn refusal to abandon its... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    5.6
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    4.9
    Value
    Value
    5.3
    Overall Score
    5.6
    Quality of Life
    4.9
    Value
    5.3
  6. Shreveport, LA
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    Shreveport, LA

    #6 in Most Dangerous Places

    The identity of Shreveport, Louisiana, unlike that of New Orleans, is not rooted in Cajun-Creole traditions, but in a... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    5.3
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    5.2
    Value
    Value
    6.1
    Overall Score
    5.3
    Quality of Life
    5.2
    Value
    6.1
  7. Baltimore, MD
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    Baltimore, MD

    #7 in Most Dangerous Places

    Baltimore doesn't have as many famous tourist attractions as nearby metropolitan areas like Washington, D.C., and... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.2
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    5.3
    Value
    Value
    6.6
    Overall Score
    6.2
    Quality of Life
    5.3
    Value
    6.6
  8. St. Louis, MO
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    St. Louis, MO

    #8 in Most Dangerous Places

    St. Louis is a historic metro area of 2.8 million with a family-friendly reputation and tight-knit communities. St... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    5.2
    Value
    Value
    7.7
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    5.2
    Value
    7.7
  9. Bakersfield, CA
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    Bakersfield, CA

    #9 in Most Dangerous Places

    Bakersfield has long been known as a stopover for those traveling between Los Angeles and San Francisco. But people who... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    5.4
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    5.4
    Value
    Value
    5.3
    Overall Score
    5.4
    Quality of Life
    5.4
    Value
    5.3
  10. Birmingham, AL
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    Birmingham, AL

    #10 in Most Dangerous Places

    Birmingham, Alabama was born from the iron and steel industry and is known for playing a crucial role in the civil... Read More
    Overall Score
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    Quality of Life
    5.4
    Value
    Value
    7.4
    Overall Score
    6.3
    Quality of Life
    5.4
    Value
    7.4