12. St. Louis, Missouri
The city of St. Lois, Missouri faces an interesting predicament that makes it different than the other cities on this list in that it has a fairly large population living in a much more condensed space than your average sprawling US city, says Business Insider.
They go on to reveal that this fact may be one of the bigger contributing factors to it’s extremely high crime rates, making it very dangerous for residents to live within city limits.
The Huffington Post reports that even though the city saw an overall decrease in violent crimes by a solid 20 percent in 2013, the percentage of forcible rapes went up by a truly alarming 60 percent that same year.
Neighborhood Scout points out that this makes the chance for residents to become victims of a violent or property related crime very high at 1 in 11 people.
CNN Money contributes much of the city’s problems with crime to the fact that the area of the city has not grown beyond its extremely constricted borders. On average, a resident of St. Louis has a 1 in 56 chance of becoming a victim to one of these or other violent crimes according to data collected by the FBI and analyzed by Neighborhood Scout.
They also report that – keeping in trend with many of the other cities on our list – St. Louis sees plenty of property related crimes as well. These statistics show that your chances of being involved in a crime related to motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny or burglary are very high for the average St. Louis citizen.
But, in the end, the biggest contributor to the number of murders and rapes being committed in this city may just be it’s very large and dangerous illegal drug trafficking system, as highlighted by The Examiner.