A financial website called 24/7 Wall Street has looked at FBI crime data and listed the so-called most dangerous cities. The current crop is headed by Flint, Mi., Detroit, and Oakland. Rounding out the list are St. Louis, Memphis, Birmingham, Al., Stockton, Ca., New Haven, Ct., Baltimore, and Cleveland. 24/7 Wall Street says the populations of many on the list have declined, leaving behind impoverished urban centers.
There are plenty of caveats. The FBI urges avoiding comparisons between cities because rankings tend to be simplistic and ignore factors that influence crime, as well as different ways crimes are measured and reported. John Roman of the Urban Institute cautioned against directly comparing cities based on crime rates. Still, cities with the highest and lowest violent crime rates have been consistent for many years.