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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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San Juan, PR

badge #1 in Most Dangerous Places

Formally established in 1521, San Juan is the oldest continuously occupied European-settled metropolitan area within U.S. jurisdictio… more

  • 3.3 Overall Score
  • 2.8 Quality of Life
  • 2.4 Value

Jackson, MS

badge #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 such as Art Ga… more

  • 5.6 Overall Score
  • 4.5 Quality of Life
  • 7.3 Value

Memphis, TN

badge #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 the rural South… more

  • 5.6 Overall Score
  • 4.5 Quality of Life
  • 6.3 Value

Baton Rouge, LA

badge #4 in Most Dangerous Places

Baton Rouge, the ever-expanding capital of Louisiana, increasingly absorbs the flavor of New Orleans without adopting the bustle of a… more

  • 5.9 Overall Score
  • 4.7 Quality of Life
  • 7.7 Value

New Orleans, LA

badge #5 in Most Dangerous Places

New Orleans charms visitors and locals alike with its music, diverse cuisine and a stubborn refusal to abandon its cultural tradition… more

  • 5.6 Overall Score
  • 4.9 Quality of Life
  • 5.3 Value

Shreveport, LA

badge #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 blended Souther… more

  • 5.3 Overall Score
  • 5.2 Quality of Life
  • 6.1 Value

Baltimore, MD

badge #7 in Most Dangerous Places

Baltimore doesn't have as many famous tourist attractions as nearby metropolitan areas like Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, and r… more

  • 6.2 Overall Score
  • 5.3 Quality of Life
  • 6.6 Value

St. Louis, MO

badge #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. Louisans are loya… more

  • 6.3 Overall Score
  • 5.2 Quality of Life
  • 7.7 Value

Bakersfield, CA

badge #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 consider putt… more

  • 5.4 Overall Score
  • 5.4 Quality of Life
  • 5.3 Value

Birmingham, AL

badge #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 rights movement. B… more

  • 6.3 Overall Score
  • 5.4 Quality of Life
  • 7.4 Value
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