Safest & Most Dangerous Metro Areas in America 2015; Memphis Tops the Rankings

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THE SAFEST & MOST DANGEROUS METRO AREAS IN AMERICA 2015;
MEMPHIS TOPS THE RANKINGS

NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, April 20, 2015. The Memphis, Tennessee metropolitan area ranked #1 most dangerous in the country in 2015. Southern metro areas Jackson, Tennessee (#2), Hammond (#3) and Alexandria (#5) both in Louisiana, and Odessa, Texas (#4) round out the Top 5 Most Dangerous list. Law Street Media is the first to release crime rankings of metro areas, both nationally and by region, according to the latest data from the FBI.

See the Top 15 Most Dangerous Metro Areas Here.

Law Street’s Crime in America team analyzed data from each region across the country to create a comprehensive ranking of the Safest and Most Dangerous Metro Areas for 2015. Access the rankings for the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, and the West here.

The South dominated the list of Top 15 Most Dangerous Metros; six southern cities made the list. Notably, no Northeast metro areas ranked among the Top 15 Most Dangerous across the country.

Law Street ranked the metro areas to provide a comprehensive picture of violent crime in cities and their suburbs that are socially and economically linked. In the Northeast, the most dangerous metro was Vineland-Bridgeton, New Jersey and the safest was Bangor, Maine. Springfield, Illinois ranked the most dangerous metro in the Midwest, while Wausau, Wisconsin ranked safest. In the South, Elizabethtown-Fort Knox metro area in Kentucky ranked safest, countering Memphis’ distinction as most dangerous in the region and nationally. Anchorage, Alaska topped the most dangerous list in the West, and Logan, Utah was safest.

For more information, including the Top 10 Most Dangerous and Safest States, check out Law Street’s full coverage of Crime in America 2015, which includes the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000, the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Under 200,000, and Top 10 Safest Cities Over 200,000.

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