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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

14th Street and MLK Drive Named St. Louis' Most Unsafe Neighborhood

Posted By on Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 11:40 AM

In a survey of the nation's most crime-ridden neighborhoods by Dr. Andrew Schiller of the website, St. Louis' very own downtown, specifically the intersection of 14th Street and Martin Luther King Drive, ranked fourteenth.

How nice that this statistic appears just in time for the All-Star Game!


But take heart, St. Louisans: Downtown is not the most dangerous neighborhood in the state of Missouri or even within a 100-mile radius. Kansas City cracked the list twice, at numbers 6 and 8, while the Pioneer Park neighborhood of Springfield, Illinois, just edged us out for the number 13 spot.

Schiller based his rankings on data from the FBI and 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, collected between 2005 and 2007. A neighborhood's "danger" ranking is how likely a person is to be a victim of a violent crime (i.e., murder, rape, robbery or assault). Someone at 14th and MLK has a 1 in 8 chance of becoming a crime victim within a year.

Schiller predicts that there will be 292 crimes in the neighborhood this year, with a rate of 129.29 per 1,000.

The most dangerous neighborhood in America is Over the Rhine in Cincinnati.

Full list of rankings after the jump:

1) Cincinnati, Central Parkway/Liberty Street

2) Chicago, State Street/Garfield Boulevard

3) Miami, 7th Avenue/North River Drive

4) Jacksonville, Beaver Street/Broad Street

5) Baltimore, North Avenue./Belair Road

6) Kansas City, Bales Avenue/30th Street

7) Memphis, Warford Street/Mt. Olive Road

8) Kansas City, Forest Avenue/41st Street

9) Dallas, Route 352/Scyene Road

10) Richmond, Virginia, Church Hill

11) Memphis, Bellevue Boulevard/Lamar Avenue

12) Dallas, 2nd Avenue/Hatcher Street

13) Springfield, Illinois, Cook Street/11th Street

14) St. Louis, 14th Street/Dr. Martin Luther King Drive

15) Little Rock, Arkansas, Roosevelt Road/Bond Street

16) Philadelphia, Broad Street/Dauphin Street

17) Tampa, Amelia Avenue/Tampa Street

18) New York, St. Nicholas Avenue/125th Street

19) Chicago, 66th Street/Yale Avenue

20) Baltimore, Orleans Street/Front Street

21) Cleveland, Cedar Avenue/55th Street

22) Orlando, East-West Expressway./Orange Blossom Trail

23) Detroit, Mt. Elliott Street/Palmer Avenue

24) Chicago, Wallace Street/58th Street

25) Chicago, Winchester Avenue/60th Street

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