Just after the St. Louis Cardinals won the World Series, the Morgan Quitno Press’s annual rankings say that St. Louis tops the list of major cities for crime rates. Detroit, the World Series losers, came in second in the crime rankings, too, says the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. St. Louis placed third last year, and has been first before, in 2002.
The ranking is based on statistics compiled by the FBI, which discourages city-to-city comparisons of the self-reported numbers. It does not compensate for the fact that some of the cities dominate their metropolitan areas, while the city of St. Louis has only about one-seventh of the population of its region. Morgan Quitno includes the categories of murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft from last year for 371 cities of 75,000 or more residents. The study rated Brick, N.J., Amherst, N.Y., and Mission Viejo, Ca., as safest. After St. Louis and Detroit, the most dangerous were Flint, Mi., Compton, Ca., and Camden, N.J. Camden was rated most dangerous the two previous years.