Camden remains the most dangerous city in the nation, according to an annual study that ranks municipalities by overall crime rates. The Cherry Hill Courier-Post said five New Jersey cities were among the top 50 most crime-plagued in the nation, according to ratings by the independent publishing company CQ Press. The firm ranked 437 cities based on reported crime rates in 2012.
Following Camden in the overall rankings were two Michigan cities, Flint and Detroit; Oakland, Calif.; and St. Louis. Newark was ranked eighth. Camden County Freeholder-Director Louis Cappelli Jr. said the statistics used in the study were taken from 2012, a record-setting year for Camden homicides and before the introduction of the county metro force. Camden has perennially ranked near the top of the CQ study, which previously ranked cities as being the “most dangerous.” Law enforcement officials have complained the rankings oversimplify complex data.