Least-Safe Cities: Memphis and Riverside Top Poll

May 12, 2013 3:37 pm Last Updated: July 18, 2015 5:20 pm

 A recent poll found that residents around Memphis, Tenn. were the least likely to feel safe walking alone at night, while Minneapolis-St. Paul residents said they were most likely to feel safe.

Only around 55 percent of Memphis residents said they felt safe walking alone at nighttime, a poll from Gallup found.

In New Orleans, around 59 percent of residents felt safe, while only 61 percent of Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif., residents said they felt safe, Gallup says. Sixty-three percent of Houston residents and 63 percent of Jacksonville, Fla., residents felt secure.

In contrast, 80 percent of those who lived in the Minneapolis area said they felt secure.

Regarding the most safe cities, 78 percent of Denver residents felt safe; 78 percent of Raleigh, North Carolina residents felt a sense of security; 77 percent of Boston residents felt the same; 77 percent of Salt Lake City residents said they felt safe; and 77 percent of Austin, Texas residents felt likewise, according to the poll.

“The average level of perceived safety among those living in the largest MSAs is 71 percent. The national average is slightly higher, at 72 percent,” Gallup said in a release.

It may be surprising to some that Detroit did not top the Gallup poll, which was released last month.

Last week, NeighborhoodScout.com said that three neighborhoods in Detroit were the most dangerous in the United States, while three neighborhoods in Chicago were in the top 25.

Three neighborhoods in Memphis were also included.