St. Louis #3 out of 10 Most Dangerous Cities

St. Louis, MO
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So once again St. Louis is on a list for 10 most dangerous cities. I am not surprised at all but, that is because I live here so I already know that many people get shot. It doesn’t take a genius to see that when there are shots heard all the time that somebody is probably getting shot.

It’s sad. I don’t want to think of anyone getting shot especially near to where I live. I worry constantly about my husband’s safety and hope that shots never come through the walls. But, unfortunately, it is something you get used to after awhile. As long as there are angry people who cannot resolve issues with words there will always be shootings.

This is what the statistics said in the article:

3. St. Louis
Population: 355,151
Violent Crime Per 1,000: 17.5
2010 Murders: 144
Median Income: $34,801 (30.7% below national average)
Unemployment Rate: 9.3% (0.3% above national average)
Violent crime in St. Louis fell dramatically between 2009 and 2010, and has decreased since 2007. Despite this, crime rates remain extremely high compared with other cities. In 2010, the city’s murder rate and rate of aggravated assault were each the third worst in the country. With regards to both violent and nonviolent crime, St. Louis was rated the most dangerous city based on FBI data released six months ago. As of December 2010, the murder rate in St. Louis was 6.3 times that of the state of Missouri. The city’s gunshot murder rate for residents between 10 to 19 years old is also the second highest in the country, behind only New Orleans, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

It is things like this that make me want to move let alone the rash of tornadoes that has been popping up everywhere in the Midwest. I am pretty sure the population is off as well, seems like there are many more people living here then 355,151. I wonder how they figure that violent crimes have decreased when we are sitting at #3 out of 10 according to this and we were #1 at the end of last year. I think they are a little confused. Kinda weird to see my current city and my hometown of Flint battling it out every year as most dangerous cities.

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