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5 Reasons Why Little Rock Is The Most Dangerous City In The Us

Most might not equate Arkansas with violence and danger, but the fact of the matter is that the state capital, Little Rock, is one of the most dangerous places to live in the entire country. In fact, it’s probably the single most dangerous mid-sized city in America.

If you want to know what’s going wrong in Little Rock, here are five reasons why the city is considered one of the most dangerous in the country currently.

1. Total Crime

If you are looking at middle sized cities in America, then Little Rock, Arkansas is easily the most dangerous one to live in currently. It’s ironic to note that in 2011, Forbes named the city the second cleanest city in the country. But just because there’s no garbage on the street, does not mean that it’s not become an increasingly dangerous place to live in over the last several years.

The total crime rate has really sky-rocketed in Little Rock recently. According to the most recent stats, there are about 9,500 crimes committed per 100,000 people. So when you do the math, you have a one in 21 chance of being a victim of a crime as a citizen and resident of Little Rock. That is a statistic that is frightening for people who live in the city, no matter what part of the city they inhabit. And it looks as if it’s a statistic that shows no signs of getting better.

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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey

    I don’t know where they are getting this “many locals are trying to leave” stuff the author keeps repeating. Everyone I know loves the place and is trying to stay despite job pressures. Also, almost all of the crime in the city occurs in a few neighborhoods. If you don’t live in those neighborhoods, you’re fine. It’s a great place.

    • Jodeci Cashmoney Parker

      People been getting car jacked lately and robbed its been 3 or 4 murders that were responded to within 24 hours. Shit got bad the gang violence is not accurate. Everyone i know wanna leave.

  • EradicadumIslamiScourge

    Just another body in the negrohood….

  • HeatherD

    I am a resident of Little Rock and came across this article while doing research. While a lot of the Little Rock information is accurate, most of the photos attached to the article are actually of North Little Rock (besides the geographical clues, you can see “North Little Rock” on the police cars and firetrucks). While it sounds like North Little Rock might just be a region within Little Rock, these are actually two different cities with different governments, police forces, crime rates, etc. They are separated by the Arkansas River.

    • Debra Miller

      So you are posting that North Little Rock is more violent than LIttle Rock? I am interested in volunteering there.

  • People [shrugs]

    Sure, I left.

    It’s the most dangerous place I have ever lived. I have also lived in London, NYC, Boston and Columbus, OH.

    I lived there until I was 19, and in that time I:

    – was pistol-whipped at the intersection at Bowman Curve (or whatever it’s called now)
    – robbed at gunpoint twice
    – saw two people shot
    – was caught in the middle of a race riot
    – saw multiple shootouts with police and criminals, including one in the middle of the day in the circus tent version of University Mall

    It’s not a safe place, and hasn’t been for decades.

    I currently live in Ireland and the ENTIRE COUNTRY has fewer murders than just the city of LR. My kids walk to school and once in school don’t have to worry about learning how to shelter in place, because there’s no gun violence – or guns – in schools.

    Couldn’t be happier to not live there.

  • Kenny Kenny

    The same thing that happened to Detroit, Flint, Chicago… Unbelievable. entire neighborhoods just abandoned, for miles and miles. check out the videos on YouTube. really sad. I really don’t know why some ppl want to destroy their own towns. makes no sense…

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