Camden, N.J., may be America’s most crime-ridden city, reports Reuters. Camden ranked worst in six categories of crime statistics in the latest statistics. With 41 murders — 10 times the national per-capita average — 56 rapes and 974 aggravated assaults, it is America’s most dangerous city.
The city of 80,000 covers just nine square miles adjacent to Philadelphia. It is one of the nation’s poorest cities. Per capita income is a third of the U.S. average, a third of students drop out of Camden High School and half the city’s children live in poverty. “There’s a dark shadow cast over here,” said local activist Margaret David. “It’s like we have the plague or something.”