In the City, City of Compton … I mean, StL
Amidst St. Louis’ celebration of the Cardinals’ World Series victory last year, an independent report compiled by CQ Press ranked St. Louis as the most dangerous city in America, based on FBI statistics.
Apparently we no longer hold that honor. We’re now number two.
These statistics continue to amaze me, because I find it very difficult to believe that St. Louis is more dangerous than, say, Compton, CA; Camden, New Jersey; or Gary, IN (or really, for that matter, Kansas City). And the annual studies have been routinely criticized for their methodologies, which are grossly inconsistent and dependent upon idiosyncratic crime referencing systems used by municipalities. In short, I tend to agree with Michael Tonry, president of the American Society of Criminology, when he states:
[These rankings] do groundless harm to many communities. They also work against a key goal of our society, which is a better understanding of crime-related issues by both scientists and the public.”
Of course, I have been mugged and robbed in St. Louis, so who am I to really say differently?
Also of note, my hometown of Sugar Land, Texas, was ranked the fifth safest city in America.
Because apparently I like extremes.