Julie Farby - AHN - Americas Staff Writer
St. Louis, MO (AHN)-The St. Louis Cardinals may be the best team in Major League Baseball, but the city also ranks number 1 in a much less desirable category: the most dangerous cities in the United States.
According to the annual ranking of the nation's safest and most dangerous cities, compiled by Morgan Quitno Press, the Midwestern city saw its annual violent crime surge nearly 20 percent from 2004 to last year, despite spending millions of dollars on urban renewal.
The national FBI figures released in June showed the murder rate in St. Louis jumped 16 percent from 2004 to 2005, compared with 4.8 percent nationally. The overall violent crime rate increased nearly 20 percent, compared with 2.5 percent nationally.
Although this is the first time St. Louis has topped the list, it has been among the 10 most dangerous cities for years, replacing Camden, N.J., which in 2005 was named the most dangerous city for the second year in a row.
According to the report, cities are ranked based on more than crime rate, with crimes weighted based on their danger to people. Individual crimes such as rape or burglary are measured separately, compared to national averages and then compiled to give a city its ranking.
The research firm conducting the study found the safest city in 2005 was Brick, N.J., population about 78,000, followed by Amherst, N.Y., and Mission Viejo, Calif. The second most dangerous city was Detroit, followed by Flint, Mich., and Compton, Calif.
Nice......atleast we have one claim to fame. Of course I dont live there anymore. Where I lived there we didnt have any crime ever! Of course it was in a ritzy part of the city. Its so funny because I went to Maryville U and it is so calm there and theres no crime, but just down the road about 15 or 20 minutes to St.Louis U and around Wash U there all kinds of crime. Hell I had a friend who went to SLU and she got mugged and the mugger took all of her books. Now I know people may think oh just books, but it was like 800 bucks in books! I dont know why some nice University like SLU would be in such a piece of shit part of town? Theres bars on windows around there along with homeless people hangin around from street corner to corner.