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A Closer Look at Crime Hotspots Across Cities in the US

Rockford, Illinois
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A thorough study of the 25 most dangerous US cities found troubling trends, showing the complex link between socioeconomic conditions and crime. East St. Louis and Baton Rouge have poverty, turnover, and housing issues. This extensive study shows that focused interventions and community support reduce crime and safeguard vulnerable persons.

Rockford, Illinois

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TOP 25 Dangerous Cities in The United States of America

Baton Rouge (25-N Lobdell Ave., Harry Drive):
This suburban area with a 15% violent crime rate is notable for its cheap rental rates, mostly due to a low-income population. Because of its economic problems, it may attract unwanted people.

Chicago (24-S Pulaski Rd., Saint Louis Ave.):
This densely populated Chicago area has a one-in-fourteen violent crime rate, despite increased real estate values. Criminal behavior persists in old buildings, making it a worry.

St. Louis (23-Clara Ave. and Saint Louise Ave.):
Vandalism and theft grow in this St. Louis area due to poor property maintenance. Residents struggle to keep their homes safe with a one-in-fourteen risk of victimization.

Washington, DC (22 Atlantic St. SE, 4th St. SE):
The high turnover rate in this urban DC area causes safety worries. Unstable communities with frequent resident turnover make it hard to feel safe.

21-Lapeer Ave. and E. Genesse Ave., Saginaw:
With a crime rate of 73 per 1,000, this Saginaw area has poor housing maintenance, inexpensive rent, and mostly pre-1939 homes. These variables foster criminality.

Chicago (20-S Indiana Ave. and E 60th St.):
Water proximity in Chicago increases violent crime, contributing to the city’s rising murder rate. The neighborhood suffers obstacles despite its position.

West Memphis (19-E Jackson Ave. and Autumn Ave.):
West Memphis, a low-income area, has a crime rate of 76 per 1,000 people due to rising arson rates during the early 2000s. Economic hardships exacerbate safety issues in this neighborhood.

Rockford, IL (18-N Rockton Ave., W State St.):
In a year, Rockford neighborhood assault rates have quadrupled, making one-in-thirteen victims. Residents are at risk from growing violence.

Omaha, NE (17-N 24th St. and Ames Ave.)
In Omaha, NE (17-N 24th St. and Ames Ave.), vehicle thefts and burglaries have increased, leading to a nearly 77% likelihood of encountering violent crime. Crime and economics both have an impact here.

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Cincinnati (16-Central Pky and Central Ave):
This Cincinnati area struggles with high housing costs and poor income. The one-in-twelve violent crime rate in the area highlights its complex problems.

Baltimore (15-E Oliver St. and N Broadway):
Increasing murder, rape, and theft rates make this Baltimore area risky. Residents have challenges with an 80.5 crime rate per 1,000 people.

Oklahoma City:
Oklahoma City people face difficult challenges, with over half of families living below the poverty line and one-in-twelve at risk of victimization. Murders, rapes, robberies, and assaults have increased.

St. Louis, IL (13-Caseyville Ave. and N Park Drive)
Assaults have increased significantly in East St. Louis, IL (13-Caseyville Ave. and N Park Drive), where the bulk of people are college-aged. Changes in dynamics raise safety issues.

NOLA (12-Conti St. and Marias St.):
New Orleans struggles with poverty, Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, and tourism. Theft and rape are common, so inhabitants should be cautious.

Detroit 11-W Jeffries Fwy/Seebaldt St:
Residents face economic and safety issues due to Detroit’s bankruptcy and increased vehicle theft rates. The one-in-twelve chance of violent crime raises community worries.

Camden (10-Whitman Park):
Almost 85 victims per 1,000 people in Camden indicate a difficult urban environment with rising murder, rape, and robbery rates.

Detroit (9-Broadstreet Ave. and Cortland St.):
High real estate vacancies in this Detroit area exacerbate crime. With approximately 46% of dwellings unoccupied, the neighborhood is a potential crime hotspot.

Detroit, MI (8-Wyoming St. and Orangelawn St.)
A neighborhood in Detroit, MI (8-Wyoming St. and Orangelawn St.) has a crime rate of 86 victims per 1,000 people, raising concerns. The community’s greater crime rate than adjacent places highlights its concerns.

Rochester, NY (7-Orange St. and W Broad St.)
In Rochester, NY (7-Orange St. and W Broad St.), violent crime rates, including murder, rapes, robberies, and assaults, are on the rise, with a victimization rate of one in eleven individuals.

Memphis (6-Chelsea Ave. and N. Claybrook St.):
Single moms in this Memphis community increase poverty, crime, and safety problems. Intervention and assistance are needed due to community issues.

Rockford, IL (5-7th and E Jefferson):
This Rockford area had over 90 casualties per 1,000 people, despite being near a hospital. The combination of healthcare accessibility and high crime rates increases community safety concerns.

Saginaw, MI (4-E Holland Ave and E Genesee Ave):
This area is notable for its high crime rate of around 94 victims per 1,000 people. Higher rates of military employment and single moms complicate the area’s issues.

Atlanta, GA (3-McDaniel and Mary St SW):
Atlanta’s rising assault statistics make people one in ten likely to be victims of violent crime. The city’s density raises safety issues.

Jackson, TN (2-James Buchanan Dr. and 1st St.)
In Jackson, TN (2-James Buchanan Dr. and 1st St.), renters are more likely to be neighbors due to smaller homes and higher real estate values, resulting in about 98 victims per 1,000 persons. People’s economic problems complicate the situation.

At the top of the list is City Center in East St. Louis, with a one-in-ten chance of being a victim of crime. The neighborhood’s high poverty rate among single moms and children raises socioeconomic and safety issues.

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