This shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone who reads this blog: Kansas City is a dangerous place. Just how dangerous? Onboard Informatics
dug through FBI crime stats from 2003 through 2009, and KC came out as the ninth most dangerous city in the United States.
If that's not bad enough, Kansas City's crime risk is more than three times the national average. I guess it could be worse. We could be St. Louis, the nation's No. 1 city for crime risk.
The Kansas City Police Department reports that 2009 saw lower rates of most types of violent and property crimes than in 2008. Most notably, motor vehicle theft was down 19 percent. But aggravated assault grew 4 percent in that period, and forcible rape increased by 11 percent. Altogether, the city's crime rate is more than three times the national average.
On to the top 10:
City/Crime Risk Index
1. St. Louis: 530
2. Atlanta: 484
3. Birmingham Alabama (tie): 380
3. Orlando (tie): 380
5. Detroit: 369
6. Memphis: 361
7. Miami: 346
8. Baltimore: 339
9. Kansas City, Missouri: 337
10. Minneapolis (tie): 331
10. Cleveland (tie): 331
New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago and Washington, D.C., didn't even
make the list. Maybe it's time to relocate.