11. Memphis, Tennessee
Known as “The Birthplace of Rock and Roll” the city has always struggled with high poverty rates according to Business Insider. Their data on crime in the city reveals that in 2011 the Census showed that Memphis was the poorest large city in the US which is likely a contributing factor to it’s very high crime rates.
Their site also shows that data gathered in 2012 Memphis saw 20 murders per 100,000 people that year and a very disturbing 63 forcible rapes per 100,000 people. Neighborhood Scout went on to confirm that these alarming numbers mean within the city limits of Memphis citizens have a 1 in 12 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime or property crime.
Business Insider went on to state that their data showed Memphis also saw a large number of robberies in 2012 with numbers coming in at 514 robberies per 100,000 people in the city. Neighborhood Scout puts the overall crime rate numbers at 81 per 1,000 residents clearly making Memphis a city with one of the highest crime rates in the country when it is compared to communities of all different sizes, both big and small.
If a break-in is something you’re worried about then be wary of your chances at becoming a victim of property crime here. Their data also reveals there is a 1 in 16 chance of falling victim to property crimes for the average citizen.
Business Insider did go on to praise one redeeming factor to the way the city of Memphis is trying to get a hold on these astounding numbers, and it is by implementing an innovative program that allows them to record crime statistics much more accurately than many other cities.
This could help them do a better job at reporting violent crimes and lead to an advantage in preventing them as well.