10 Most Dangerous American Neighborhoods You Need to Avoid


Kidnapping, robbery, rape, arson, and burglary are so high in some American neighborhoods that the residents, city leaders, and even the police are absolutely clueless on how to restrict it.

Crimes are very prevalent in some regions, turning life into an awful scenario for everyone.

People living in these risky neighborhoods have increasing chances of becoming victims, as well as they always have to struggle with constant danger.

Check out these 10 most dangerous neighborhoods in the US that you absolutely need to avoid:

10. Saginaw, Michigan

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Here, you have 1 in 12 chance of becoming a victim.

You can find around almost all of the neighborhood typical working-class stores, convenience stores, some takeout restaurants, and too many places to have a car serviced.

Generally, little seems to be going on. However, Saginaw has one of the highest rates of victimization in the area regardless of the efforts made by the city’s leaders to stop it.

The FBI considers this neighborhood as a spot to visit if one wants to get hurt.

9. Atlanta, Georgia

9. Atlanta, Georgia© gafollowers

You have here a 1 in 12 chance of becoming a victim.

In a hundred years ago, it was probably impossible to consider Atlanta as risky as it is today.

The city had always been a source of pride to the US citizens and is also home to dominant players in the business world, such as Coca-Cola, CNN, and UPS.

The dark side of Atlanta is within its neighborhoods, particularly in the area around Hopkins Street and Adair, which is regarded as one of the most dangerous places in the United States.

8. Oakland, California

Oakland, California© layoverguide

Here, there are 77 crimes per every 1,000 residents.

People living in the East Bay are in constant danger with a really high probability that anyone living there has already been a victim.

Oakland hold some of the most horrible crime statistics nationwide with the large number of violent offenses, including aggravated assault, armed robbery, manslaughter, murder, and rape.

7. Cleveland, Ohio

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In this city, there are 165 crimes committed against every 1,000 residents.

Ohio has one of the most beautiful scenery in all seasons. Unfortunately, it also has one of the riskiest parts to live in, notably the Scovill area of Cleveland.

Almost every 1 out of 6 Cleveland residents has a chance of becoming a victim. It can only take few seconds while having your attention elsewhere to find out that your wallet is actually gone.

6. Flint, Michigan

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Here, there are 580 crimes per every 100,000 residents.

Flint has one of the scariest crime rates in the US, with a chance of 1 in 66 to get assaulted, robbed, man slaughtered, raped, or killed.

The bad water quality is also scary in this area. In fact, many public officials ended up in jail after neglecting their duties to provide clean and safe drinking water.

5. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Milwaukee, Wisconsin© urbanmilwaukee
For every 100,000 residents, there are 1,295 crimes in Milwaukee.

Shoveling snow and drinking beer are the least concerns in front of a crime rate of about 1,300 crimes committed per every one thousand Milwaukee residents.

With around 1.5 million people in Milwaukee, there are about 20,000 crimes committed each year. Just think about how terribly huge that number is.

4. Memphis, Tennessee

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This area is constantly showing up on the FBI’s reports.

The FBI uses the UCR (Uniform Crime Report) to determine crime data, which is divided into 2 major categories.

The first category includes the worst crimes, such as murders, kidnappings, and robberies, while the second category includes ‘light’ crimes, such as prostitution and loitering.

In the recent years, Memphis has been frequently appearing in both categories. If only the FBI handed out awards for the worst livable cities.

3. East St. Louis, Illinois

East St. Louis, Illinois© aaroads
90 murders are committed per every 100,000 people.

Sometimes, pretty things come with the worst circumstances. The beautiful East St. Louis has a deep hell of crimes, particularly murders (the worst of all).

This place has one of the highest murder rates in the United States. Furthermore, all neighborhoods can be equally dangerous.

2. Camden, New Jersey

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Camden witnesses 2,015 crimes per every 100,000 residents.

The economic downturn had a major role in bringing such gorgeous city into despair, to the extent that any resident who could leave, left and never came back.

Not to mention the political corruption that also helped in creating one of the most dangerous American places.

1. Detroit, Michigan

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This is the most dangerous city in the US.

It is said that the more furiously a rapper represents their city, the worst is the city. Whether it’s true or not, it actually applies in here.

Well, in fact, there are many problems that have made of Detroit the riskiest American city, including economics, corruption, and the inability to keep up with the changing society.

The spot around Morang and Kelly is especially known for its several liquor stores and frequent murder victims, with the most horrible crime rate.


  1. Oakland has been a cruddy dangerous city for decades, yet San Francisco across the Bay is relatively much safer – for such a large city! Go figure.


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