Most Dangerous U.S. Neighborhoods: Detroit Tops List

May 3, 2013 Updated: May 5, 2013

Most Dangerous U.S. Neighborhoods: The 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States were compiled this week, with areas in Detroit, Chicago, and Houston taking multiple spots on the list. said the area around W. Chicago and Livernois Ave. in Detroit is the most dangerous neighborhood in the U.S. Two other Detroit neighborhoods–Gratiot Ave. and Rosemary, and Mack Ave. and Helen St.–were next on the list. Another neighborhood in Detroit was listed as seventh.

In Detroit’s most dangerous neighborhood, a resident will have a one-in-seven chance of being victimized in a violent crime each year.

“They’re finding bodies in these old houses. They find them all over the place and they’re going to find them, look at the houses. They’re all abandoned. You got people living in houses that don’t even own houses,” one Detroit resident told CBS Detroit.

Another person added: “Down at the corner of Joy Road and American, there’s a kid who used to stay right here and he got killed. There’s two or three more kids and a mother got shot, the kid got killed. There’s about five or six murders that have been down there. It’s too many.”

S. Halsted St. and W. 77th St. in Chicago was fourth place. Three other neighborhoods in Chicago also made the list.

The website based its findings on FBI data from all 17,000 local law enforcement agencies in the country, using murder, forcible rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault statistics.

“These neighborhoods are the epicenters of violence in America, where social issues are likely to ignite into violence and spread,” it said.

Two neighborhoods in Houston–Scott and Wilmington streets, and Sauer and Mcgowen streets–also made it.

“It’s a reality that I face every day coming here to visit my mother,” D. Freeman, a Houston political consultant who grew up in Sunnyside, told the Houston Chronicle.

“A lot of the OGs (Original Gangsters) have changed their ways since the old days and are now the protectors of the neighborhood. They’re now concerned that some of the older folks could get hurt because the young gangsters now are ruthless,” he said.

Three neighborhoods in Memphis also made the list.

Some of the most dangerous U.S. areas are also in Spartanburg, S.C.; Greenville, S.C.; Saginaw, Mich; St. Louis, Mo.; Rockford, Ill.; Indianapolis, Ind.; Nashville, Tenn.; Flint, Mich.; West Memphis, Ark; and Tulsa, Okla.