Cities Journal

The 25 Most Dangerous Cities In The USA

10. Stockton, California

Many of the issues with high crime rates in the city of Stockton, California may have a direct correlation with the fact that it was the largest city in the US to declare bankruptcy in 2012 causing increased budget cuts across the board, reports Business Insider.

Their information also makes it apparent that the police and local government are just so understaffed and limited on resources that it has become increasingly hard to get a handle on crime that seems to be spiraling out of control.

The numbers for 2012 put crime rates for murder in Stockton at 24 per 100,000 people and robberies at 520 per 100,000 people. Those alarmingly high numbers make this west coast city one of the most dangerous to live in for its size in the whole of the US.

Neighborhood Scout revealed that violent crimes such as forcible rape, murder and aggravated assault are very common within city limits making the chance for the average citizen to fall victim about 1 in 64 based on FBI reported crime data.

It would seem that safety would be a concern for many residents of this particular city with numbers that high. Their data also shows that within the state of California 98 percent of the other communities have lower overall crime rates, which is a huge thing when you take into consideration the large size of the state and number of large, heavily populated cities.

The current crime rating index from Neighborhood Scout for the city is 3 (with 100 being the safest possible) making Stockton safer than just 3 percent of the rest of the cities in the country.

It is also important to note that the chance of becoming a victim of property crime, as reported by their research team, is very likely for residents in the city at a recorded rate of 1 in 19 people.

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