Nashville ranked seventh most dangerous city

Friday, October 15, 2010 at 4:39pm
Staff reports

There are only six cities in the U.S. where it’s more dangerous to live in than Nashville, according to a Forbes article released earlier this week.

Memphis tops the list with a combination of growing gang crime and a bad driving record, while Detroit, commonly considered a rough city after dark, sits at fourth on the list. Music City (listed as Nashville/Davidson County) lands in seventh on the list of most dangerous cities.

The magazine used 2009 data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s statistics on violent crimes per 100,000 along with 2008 Department of Transportation data on the number of traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents. Furthermore, Forbes only ranked cities with 250,000 residents or more.

Chicago, Las Vegas and Virginia Beach, Va., were not included in the ranking due to lack of data.

The article presents the ranking with a grain of salt, reminding readers that no ranking can fully determine how “safe” or “risky” a city is.

According to Forbes, the top 10 most dangerous cities are:

1. Memphis, Tenn.

2. St. Louis, Mo.

3. Kansas City, Mo.

4. Detroit, Mi.

5. Miami, Fla.

6. Tulsa, Okla.

7. Nashville-Davidson, Tenn.

8. Indianapolis, Ind.

9. Oklahoma City, Okla.

10. Stockton, Calif.

Filed under: City News
Tagged: crime | danger | forbes | nashville

15 Comments on this post:

By: wayitis on 10/15/10 at 3:11

What do these cities have in common, to make them so dangerous?

By: dargent7 on 10/15/10 at 5:12

Well, then, alrighty. Bring a loaded hand gun with you at all times.
Bars, restaurants, K-Mart, Wal*Mart, church, parks.
Oh, and be sure to drop out of school in the 8th grade, since brains and education don't factor into paranoia and fear.

By: richgoose on 10/15/10 at 7:22

WAYITIS.......You know what these cities have in common. It is considered racist to point it out.

By: govskeptic on 10/16/10 at 5:36

Hopefully the Convention & Travel Magazines won't pickup
on this stat. Our almost $400,000 per yr Convention &
Visitors Bureau Director will need to get busy and have
this squashed.
Wish the recent Census had included a question such
as: "Just how many members of this household are
hooked on prescribed or illicit drugs"?

By: WickedTribe on 10/16/10 at 7:26

Hopefully we'll start moving down the list now that Ron Slurpass is gone.

By: cookeville on 10/16/10 at 7:54

Or one could just as easily say that it is not race but economic status and lack of education that contributes. Or one could say that perhaps all these cities have poor law enforcement and so those inclined have no fear of doing what they do. Or one could look at the number of crimes by race to see how it stacks up before making assumptions. But all these thing would mean one would have to EDUCATE oneself and RESEARCH the data, and lord knows that takes too much mental energy. much better to make general statements based on one short article . Oh, and one could also ask why the three cities mentioned had no data to give and ask if the crime stats for 2010 are up or down compared to '08 and '09. But again, that's way too much mental work.

By: GuardianDevil01 on 10/16/10 at 8:15

The state of Tennessee could not care less about your safety. Savage, wild animals are released from their cages mere months after being convicted of violent crimes, if they serve time at all. The problem is not with the police as they are making arrests. It is with the courts and our state legislature. We continue to use the "predator as victim" model for explaining crime and as long as we continue to do so deterrents such as long periods of time in a cage are all but ignored.

By: iTiSi on 10/16/10 at 3:19

You can bet your last dollar that if Chicago was included it would be at #2 or #3 based on all the murders and gang problems on the southside. Also they fit right in there with the rest of these cities when it comes to racial demographics. Was anyone really surprised that Memphis is #1? Not me! Sweet Patootie

By: gohomenow on 10/17/10 at 2:50

Spend some money on corrections md stiffen laws so scumbags can stay locked up when they get sentenced to.
And quit crying for all this growth, it attracts parasites.

By: govskeptic on 10/18/10 at 5:24

The answer is imprison those dangerous ole "potheads" and
release the armed robbers a few yrs early to make room for
said criminals. Pay a full parole board, but send only 1 or 2
to each hearing to speak/listen for the entire group to vote
on yes or no. Priorities, priorites, announce pre-election how
you are going to get Tough on crime but fade away when
the cost is presented to you. Continue to allow a Federal
Judge to tell everyone the size of each cell, that computers
must be provided-along with "cable" TV, and don't even
discuss forced employment during time served.

By: dougralls on 10/18/10 at 8:17

You all may be missing the point here. Nashville would never make the list based on violent crime. Our traffic death rate is among the very highest in the nation, and dwarfs any danger from crime. Tennessee has some of the easiest, most liberal licensing anywhere, a high incidence of DUI, and very lax, almost non-existent enforcement of our no-texting law.

By: royt5 on 10/18/10 at 9:13

I wonder how many of this list of dangerous cities are run by the Democratic Party.

By: Nathe on 10/18/10 at 10:06

Nathe in Madison (I moved from Inglewood)

How can anyone take this ranking seriously? Where are Los Angeles and New York City? IT IS the traffic statistics that skews this analysis. The Forbes reporters probably put traffic fatalities on an even weighting with violent crime. In LA the freeways move so slow that most accidents don't result in fatality anymore. And in New York City most people don't drive.

By: NewYorker1 on 10/18/10 at 1:11

"You know what these cities have in common. It is considered racist to point it out."
Blame all the problems on us black folk. Go ahead, we're use to it. I pray that I'm never in a situation where someone OTHER than a black person needs my help because I'll turn a blinds eye. I don't want to get blamed for doing the heimlich maneuver, or giving CPR, or helping someone get out of a car accident because I'm black.

The point I'm making is, be careful what you say because you never know when you might need someone and it could be a BLACK person that saves your life.

Think about it.

By: yucchhii on 10/18/10 at 4:07

Ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.....You ALL know that the laws are a "BIG" joke and so are the politicians that enact them!!!