10 most dangerous cities and gangs

Chicago’s Al Capone is widely known as one of the most notorious gangsters in history. Today, Chicago is still battling gang violence. Capone died of syphilis in 1947.

Monsters are real—and they are armed.

This is the sobering reality we learned from the slaughter of school children in Sandy Hook; the slaughter of high school students in Columbine; the slaughter of college students in Virginia Tech; and the slaughter of children and adults of all ages on Chicago’s city streets, for example.

The trifecta of gangs, guns, and economic grief has made some of our blighted neighborhoods more dangerous than others, and the end result is a national crime wave.

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports database, the following 10 cities have been hit the hardest by violent crimes; we list them here, along with a glimpse into each city’s history of gangs–some gangs dating back to the 1920s.

Zondra Hughes

Deputy Editor, Rolling Out

18 Comments
  1. WHO created this list???? Did you even do your homework or have you been living under a rock?????? Really, CHICAGO who had more than 500 – FIVE HUNDRED HOMICIDES in 2012 alone and who houses the Latino Kings, Vice Lords, the Diciples just to name a few didn’t even make the list??? They have been on the news non-stop all this year, teens have been killing each other left and right, but it didn’t even make the list???? Tis list is a joke!
    Cleveland??? really This list is a joke!

      1. You guys are actually COMPLAINING that your city didn’t make the list??? The point is; it’s happening in OUR ‘hoods, doesn’t matter WHICH city it’s in! The question is: Why are we OK with the “…gangs, guns, and economic grief” that make OUR ‘hoods unsafe to live in?

    1. Non stop news doesn’t make it true…it makes it hype. so, based on fbi stats, you’re more likely to get robbed and killed in memphis than you are in chicago.

      1. Sorry, I wish that were true! I lived in Chicago for the past 10 years and watched on a weekly basis teens, kids, elderly getting murdered (not even for a reason, these are just people getting caught in the cross fires of the gangs). HYPE? who the hell wants to hype up murders? The mayor of Chicago talked about calling in the coast guard BECAUSE the violence is beyond out of control .Sorry to bust your bubble, but Chicago is no joke. I would purposely avoid crowded corners where teens/gangs hung out becasue of the gun fire. I lived in a neighborhoood on the southside where gunfire was as normal as music on the radio and kept 911 on speed dial becasue of all the gang banging, gun violence, drug selling I wintesses with my own eyes. It is very sad and a very real situation. I get it people want to turn the other way and say, “oh it’snot all that bad”, but when you lived in and MOVED becasue of it, you can’t sy crap until you have lived there.

    2. Yea chicago had 500 murders, out of its 3 million residents, per capita thats not shit. Detroit for example, had about 400 murders with a population of about 700,000. If u go by murders for every 100,000 it will look something like this..
      Chicago: 17 per 100,000
      Detroit: 57 per 100,000

      Flint, MI a city with a population of 101,000 has had 67 murders this year, if it chicagos population the homicide count would be about 2,000!

      1. That’s fine and we get it, Detroit is now the new death capital of the US, but for Chicago not to make the list at all is beyond ridiculous. And we aren’t even talking about per capita, that’s 500 murders within the southside/west side ALONE! When you hear “Detroit” the first thing you think is poor, bankrupt and foreclosures, but when you mention Chicago to ANYONE, the first thing they think is gangs and murder and it can back it all up….sad to say!

    3. I work in one of the worst parts of Cleveland. As a middle class white guy, I can say that it’s not that bad. Just don’t be where you’re not supposed to be and you’re fine.

  2. Lol no LA? What’s with all the pics of white guys from the 30s too lol. Awful list. LA worst gang problem in the country. Miami biggest import city for drugs in the country. New Orleans. Flint. God this is a bad list. Go die

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