Americans face about 1-in-30 odds of becoming crime victims in any given year — but that’ll jump to as high as 1 in 7 if you move to some communities atop NeighborhoodScout.com‘s 2013 “Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S.” rankings.
“These cities are the most dangerous in terms of what scares people the most: murder, rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault,” NeighborhoodScout CEO Andrew Schiller says.
NeighborhoodScout, a data-analytics company bear Boston, compiles its list annually by analyzing crime data for thousands of U.S. municipalities with 25,000 residents or more.
“Most of the worst places are old industrial areas that have economies that are either collapsing or have collapsed,” Schiller says. “Their populations have shrunk dramatically, leaving a concentration of folks who’ve chosen to stay even though there aren’t many opportunities.”
Still, Schiller doesn’t categorically advise against moving to a high-crime city, noting that every community has its strengths and weaknesses.
“Every place has issues,” Schiller says. “There’s really no such thing as a bad neighborhood if it’s a good match for what you’re personally looking for.”