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Carver Shores, FL

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Located in Orlando, Florida, Carver Shores had a total crime rate 221% higher than the national average, with violent offenses at a rate of 471% compared to the average across the States in 2020, according to FBI reports. Property crime was additionally 171% higher than the US average the same year.

Brownsville, NY

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Brownsville in Brooklyn, has historically been considered the murder capital of New York City, with a 2020 violent crime rate 226% higher than the national average. Across the borough, however, gun violence drastically reduced by 20% from 2021-2022 according to the Guardian, thanks in large part to creating more safe community spaces and making police involvement a last resort.

Sunnyside, TX

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Houston’s Sunnyside neighborhood boasts a violent crime rate of 91 per 1,000 people, resulting in an overall one in 11 chance of becoming a victim of a crime for residents. As a response to this statistic, members of the community in Houston, such as leaders from Greater St Paul Missionary Baptist Church, have appealed for a safer Sunnyside. A billboard reading ‘Crime can’t hide in Sunnyside’ was unveiled along the South Loop in mid-2022, in hopes of reducing crime in the area.

Bessemer, AL

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With a violent crime rate of 21 per 1,000 residents (six times higher than the rest of Alabama) and a property crime rate of 120 per 1,000 residents, Bessemer in Jefferson County is one of the state’s most dangerous areas. In relation to affordability, quality of life, community, and economy, 24/7 Wall St. ranked Bessemer as Alabama’s Worst City To Live In in 2019.

West Adams, CA

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One of the oldest neighborhoods in Los Angeles, West Adams is known for its historic buildings and boasts a variety of architectural styles, including the Queen Anne, Gothic Revival, and the American Craftsman. However, it’s also home to a particularly high crime rate, with violent crime rates 453% and property crime rates 106% higher than their respective national averages in 2020.

St Louis City, MO

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St Louis City, Missouri (not to be confused with St Louis County as a whole) has long since had the unfortunate reputation as the murder capital of the US. According to the St Louis Metropolitan Police Department, in 2022 St Louis City had 200 murders, 3,433 assaults, and 7,366 vehicle thefts in 2022.

Belmont, MI

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Belmont is located in Detroit, the largest city in Michigan. In 2020, the violent crime rate for Detroit as a whole was 566.2 per 100,000 residents, whilst in 2022 the crime rate in Belmont was 14,048 per 100,000 people (664% greater than the US average) which equates to a one in eight chance of being a victim of a crime.

Middle-East, MD

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Middle-East, also known as Hopkins-Middle-East, is located at the heart of East Baltimore, Maryland. In 2020, the violent crime rate was 837% higher than the US average, with the property crime rate being 273% greater. This led to an overall crime rate that totalled 367% higher than the national average.

Pines Village, LA

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Louisiana’s New Orleans, although known for its vibrant Mardi Gras celebrations and Creole cuisine, has a reputation for being dangerous in some areas. Pines Village, a subdistrict in eastern New Orleans, has a particularly high crime rate (469% above the national average), and residents have a one in 10 chance of falling victim to a crime.

Chamberlain, SD

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Home to the Hall of Fame, Chamberlain is a surprisingly small community, with around 2,300 residents. However, it is also considered one of the most dangerous places in South Dakota, with a violent crime rate equal to 676 per 100,000 residents and a property crime rate of 3,214 per 100,000 residents.