A spokesman for the St. Louis mayor called the latest city crime ranking by Morgan Quitno Press, which lists St. Louis as the most dangerous city, “bogus.” The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission got calls from worried convention planners. “Chicago had 448 murders and St. Louis had a regrettable 131, but I don’t think anyone is going to stop going to Chicago,” said the commission’s Nancy Milton.
Morgan Quitno’s assessment is based on a city’s rates last year in six categories – murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft – as reported to the FBI. Criminologist Richard Rosenfeld of the University of Missouri at St. Louis said Morgan Quitno’s methodology is flawed because it compares places like Memphis, which includes miles of outlying areas, to St. Louis, where the city limits barely extend from the urban core. “Does St. Louis have a crime problem? Yes, sure, it has a crime problem, and every big city has a crime problem. Like every big city, it’s worse in some areas than others,” he said. Comparing metropolitan areas, the St. Louis area ranked 129th most dangerous out of 344, said Morgan Quitno’s president, Scott Morgan. “I am stunned if there is a criminologist out there who will support this,” he acknowledged.