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The 14 Most Dangerous Cities in the USA

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Little Rock, Arkansas
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Although many people may not want to admit it, there are still quite a few cities in the US that are struggling with high crime rates that make them very dangerous for the average citizen to live in.

Many different factors can contribute to making certain cities dangerous to live or work in within the US. There can be issues with armed robberies, lack of police funding, gang related violence and much more that contributes to the lack of safety within city limits.

When considering a relocation for you and your family, it is important to take all of these different facts into consideration before making a move. Some of these top 14 most dangerous cities may surprise you while others may just cause you to shake your head in disbelief.

14. Little Rock, Arkansas

If you aren’t familiar with this part of the country you may think that Little Rock sounds like a nice, quaint little city in the south, but with an increase in violent crimes over the past few years it would appear that Little Rock is anything but that.

Recent reports analyzed by Business Insider indicate that there were an average of 23 murders per 100,000 people in the city. Their data shows that this was only part of a disturbing trend which had the city seeing a record number of homicides in 2011.

Business Insider also reports that things got so bad in Little Rock that at one point the city saw a whopping 8 homicides within a short 30 day period. This news left many including Reverend Benny Johnson, who founded Stop the Violence, to comment that the city was “going down in shambles” to local news affiliates, reported Business Insider.

Another reason to avoid a move to this area has to do in great deal the overall high crime rate within city limits. Neighborhood Scout shows that the city has seen a frightening number of robberies with numbers at an astounding 412 robberies per 100,000 people.

With numbers like these, it is easy to see why any local citizen of Little Rock would be concerned for their general safety on a day to day basis. Neighborhood Scout also shows a high number of violent sexual crimes here with a staggering 70 forcible rapes per 100,000 people.

With a total crime rate of 96 per 1,000 residents, Little Rock is definitely one of the least safe cities in the US today.

Crime rates are so high that the average citizens chances of being involved in some form of crime are 1 in 10. For this Little Rock has been given the lowest safety rating possible by Neighborhood Scout at a 1, where 100 is the highest rating possible.

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