4. Jackson, Mississippi
Jackson is a city that has been dealing with racial tensions for decades and this is still a major contributing factor to the high crime rates in this southern city, says Business Insider. Their data goes on to show that Jackson comes in as one of the most dangerous cities in the US due to it’s appalling average criminal rate of 78 per 1,000 residents.
Further research from the site shows that in the year 2012 alone murders were reported at a rate of 34 per 100,000 people in the city. FBI information analyzed by Business Insider also revealed that a large number of violent crimes in recent years have also been directly contributed to racial crimes where young white residents are attacking black residents.
According to Neighborhood Scout, the chances of the average Jackson resident becoming a victim of a violent or property related crime in the city is 1 in 13, an extremely high rate.
Neighborhood Scout also collected data exposing residents in the area can expect to deal with a large number of property crimes as well. Their data showed that within Jackson city limits the chances of falling victim to a property crime stand at a rate of 1 in 15.
Once again this means residents have a very, very high chance of having their vehicle stolen, becoming a victim of arson and also becoming a victim of larceny or burglary. The website data revealed that violent crimes are the biggest issue in Jackson with the most common being murder, forcible rape, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon and armed robbery.
Jackson in particular experiences one of the highest murder rates in the US for a city of its size, when compared to all other cities both large and small. This does not paint a very pretty picture for the city or its permanent residents.