NeighborhoodScout, a web-based platform from Location, Inc. that includes custom analytics and reports for investing, appraising, and financing real estate, released its annual list of the Top 100 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for 2018.

The list compares the safety of cities with 25,000 or more people nationwide, based on the number of violent crimes (murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault) reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and the population of each city, divided by 1,000. This calculation provides a rate for violent crime per 1,000 residents, offering an accurate, normalized comparison of cities of different sizes.

“We continue to see a number of smaller, industrial-satellite communities struggle with crime,” said Dr. Andrew Schiller, CEO and founder of Location, Inc. and NeighborhoodScout. “Limited economic opportunity plays a role in such communities and highlights the divide between the safe bedroom communities within large metro areas near major urban centers like BostonChicago, and New York, and the high-crime industrial-satellite communities.”

NeighborhoodScout® Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. – 2018*

2018 Rank

City, State

2017 Rank


Schenectady, NY



Modesto, CA



Fall River, MA



Homestead, FL



Chester, PA


#1 Most Dangerous City

Monroe, LA


See NeighborhoodScout’s complete list of 100 most dangerous cities.

* Cities with 25,000 or more people nationwide

Monroe, LA is representative of a number of communities on the list: It is a medium-sized city (population: 49,297) located around 100 miles away from two larger cities (Shreveport, LA, population 194,920 to the west, and Jackson, MS, population 169,148 to the east).

Compared to the rest of the nation, Monroe is lower middle income and has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty. The lack of a large business and economic center within decent commuting distance means residents have more difficulty finding higher-paying jobs. These factors contribute to the city’s above-average housing vacancy rate and lower public school quality indices, which in-turn reduce economic activity and can make it challenging for a community to attract high-skill, high-paying jobs and retain skilled workers. A similar scenario plays out in Chester, PAHomestead, FL, and other medium-sized communities in across the U.S.

States with the Highest Count of Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. – 2018

2018 Rank


# of Cities in on the List


IllinoisLouisiana (tie)

5, 5


MassachusettsOhio (tie)

6, 6










NeighborhoodScout’s analysis of annual crime rates by city is the most comprehensive available because it factors in all reported crimes from all 18,000 local law enforcement agencies across the country. This is important because many cities are served by more than one agency (municipal police, county sheriff, transit police, etc.).

In addition, NeighborhoodScout uses the most recent crime data the FBI classifies as ‘Final, non-preliminary.’ This list is based on the 2016-year total data which was released in Final, Non-Preliminary form in September, 2017.

Visit NeighborhoodScout’s Top 100 Most Dangerous Cities in the U.S. – 2018 to see the entire list and report.

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