For the second year in a row this destitute city of Camden, New Jersey, has been named the nation's most dangerous, according to a company's annual ranking based on crime statistics.
The city took the top spot last year from Detroit, which remained No. 2 in the most dangerous city rankings, to be released Monday by Morgan Quitno Press.
Some residents say their neighborhoods feel a bit safer.
"I haven't heard that many gunshots," said Gracy Muniz, 22, a mother of three who lives in North Camden.
Critics note that Morgan Quitno's ranking is based on data from last year, when the city of 80,000 averaged a murder a week. Murders from January through October were down by 45 percent compared with the same period in 2004.
Link. Heck, those critics of the study are right - it surely does sound like Camden is a glorious place to be. I mean, last year there were approximately 52 murders in Camden and now there are only around 29 or so.
And isn't it great to see the Midwest representing? 4 of the top 10 is great! That makes me wonder - why aren't there any west coast cities on there, if Compton, Long Beach, Pomona, and East LA really are as rough as Snoop Dogg has been telling me for all these years?
Listed as the most dangerous cities are: Camden, New Jersey; Detroit, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; Flint, Michigan; Richmond, Virginia; Baltimore, Maryland; Atlanta, Georgia; New Orleans, Louisiana; Gary, Indiana; Birmingham, Alabama.