Least Safe City No Longer in Missouri – Now, It’s in Arkansas
You might want to look the other way if you're a Razorbacks fan. There's a new study that says the least safe city in America is no longer in Missouri. Nope. That honor now goes to a small town in Arkansas.
How many years have we heard that St. Louis is the most dangerous city in America? "Murder Capital" is a phrase often bestowed on the Gateway City. It appears the tiara of badness has been passed. Newsweek just shared a new "15 Least Safe Towns and Cities in America" list and St. Louis is nowhere to be found among the "leaders".
What is the new reigning champion of crime in America?
According to the Newsweek article, it's little ole Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
I believe this study was originally done by Money Geek. It contains this staggering statistic about Pine Bluff, Arkansas:
With a population of 39,670, it had a crime cost per capita of $9,071, a violent crime rate of 2,067.1, a property crime rate of 5,863.4 and a cost of crime of $359,866
Dang, Razorbacks. What are you doing with your free time that doesn't involve num-chuks?
But, wait, there's more. North Little Rock, Arkansas also appears in the top 15 least safe cities/towns. For once, not one Missouri place made the top 15 of a least safe place list. (Looking at you, too, Springfield)
The entire Newsweek article is worth a read if you are brave enough and/or want to see where not to vacation or relocate to.