22 November 2010

Baltimore 11th On 'Dangerous Cities' List

These are the sorts of lists you don't want to be on. From WBAL Baltimore:
A report lists Baltimore as the 11th 'most dangerous city' in the United States.

The report, released by CQ Press, takes into account a city's murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft rates.

St. Louis overtook Camden, N.J., as the nation's most dangerous city, according to the national study, which was released Sunday.

The study by CQ Press found St. Louis had 2,070.1 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2009, compared with a national average of 429.4. That helped St. Louis beat out Camden, which topped last year's list and was the most dangerous city for 2003 and 2004.

Detroit, Flint, Mich., and Oakland, Calif., rounded out the top five. For the second straight year, the safest city with more than 75,000 residents was Colonie, N.Y.

The annual rankings are based on population figures and crime data compiled by the FBI. Some criminologists question the findings, saying the methodology is unfair.

Greg Scarbro, unit chief of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, said the FBI also discourages using the data for these types of rankings.

Baltimore ranked 12th on the CQ Press list of dangerous cities released last year.
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