Livermore, Pleasanton, Danville, Short Sale Specialist

There’s a perception that suburbs are safer that their big-city neighbors, but the truth is that they can be dangerous places just like anywhere else. Back in February, the Movoto Real Estate Blog ranked the safest suburbs in America, and now we’re looking at the other side of the coin: the most dangerous suburban cities in the country.

In putting together this ranking, we looked at a total of 116 suburban cities. These comprise the largest suburbs of the 50 largest cities in the country for which crime data is available. This data comes from the FBI’s uniform crime report for 2012, the latest full-year edition of the bureau’s publication. The data we looked at comprised seven main types of crime:

  • Murder
  • Rape
  • Robbery
  • Assault
  • Burglary
  • Theft
  • Vehicle theft

We took these crimes and divided them into four distinct groups: murders, violent crimes, property crimes and total crimes. After determining the number of each per 100,000 people annually (in order to create a level playing field for comparison) we ranked the suburbs from Nos. 1 to 116 in each category, with No. 1 being the most dangerous.

We then weighted these results whereby murder, total violent crime and total property crime each comprised 30 percent of the final score each, and total crimes made up 10 percent. The average of these weighted scores was used to determine the most dangerous suburb.

Now we’ll take a look at specific statistics as they relate to the 10 most dangerous suburbs.

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