Another day and another list Saint Louis is on.  Now, this is the kind of list we’re accustomed to being on.  New FBI data shows that violent crime rates are improving across the United States.  That’s the good news.  More good news:  Among the cities with the highest crime problems… Saint Louis is not number 1. 

The most dangerous city in the U.S. this year is Flint, Michigan, followed by Detroit.  Saint Louis is 3rd this year.  That’s an improvement over last year where we were number 1.  That’s progress people.  The FBI used four violent crime categories (murder, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault) and computed the incidence of those crimes per 1,000 citizens.  Median income, poverty rate and unemployment rates were also a factor.

Here are the top 10 most dangerous cities in the U.S.:

10.) Stockton, California
9.) Baltimore, Maryland
8.) Atlanta, Georgia
7.) Birmingham, Alabama
6.) Little Rock, Arkansas
5.) Memphis, Tennessee
4.) Oakland, California
3.) Saint Louis, Missouri
2.) Detroit, Michigan
1.) Flint, Michigan

FYI: Here are the official stats on St. Louis

Violent crimes per 1,000: 18.6
Population: 320,454
2011 murders: 113
Median income: $32,688
Unemployment rate: 11.7%

Although the total number of murders in the city has decreased by 31 since 2010, crime in St. Louis did not improve overall last year. Violent crime rates in St. Louis have risen dramatically, from 17.5 to 18.6 cases per 1,000 people. And the city’s murder rate is still the fourth highest in the nation, its robbery rate is the fifth highest in the nation and its aggravated assault rate is third highest in the nation.

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