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St. Louis named most dangerous U.S. city

ST. LOUIS - A surge in violence made St. Louis the most dangerous city in the country, leading a trend of violent crimes rising much faster in the Midwest than in the rest of nation, according to an annual list.


The city has long fared poorly in the rankings of the safest and most dangerous American cities compiled by Morgan Quitno Press. Violent crime surged nearly 20 percent in St. Louis from 2004 to last year, when the rate of such crimes rose most dramatically in the Midwest, according to FBI figures released in June.

"It's just sad the way this city is," resident Sam Dawson said. "On the news you hear killings, someone's been shot."

The ranking, being released Monday, came as the city was still celebrating Friday's World Series victory at the new Busch Stadium. St. Louis has been spending millions of dollars on urban renewal even as the crime rate climbs.

Mayor Francis Slay did not return calls to his office seeking comment Sunday.

Scott Morgan, president of Morgan Quitno Press, a private research and publishing company specializing in state and city reference books, said he was not surprised to see St. Louis top the list, since it has been among the 10 most dangerous cities for years.

The study looks at crime only within St. Louis city limits, with a population of about 330,000, Morgan said. It doesn't take into account the suburbs in St. Louis County, which has roughly 980,000 residents.

Visiting St. Louis on Thursday, FBI director Robert Mueller said it was too early to tell why some types of crime were rising faster in the Midwest.

Mueller said the FBI is working harder to form partnerships with police departments to launch programs like St. Louis' Safe Streets task force, which focuses police efforts on problematic neighborhoods.

The safest city in 2005 was Brick, N.J., with a population about 78,000, followed by Amherst, N.Y., and Mission Viejo, Calif. The second most dangerous city was Detroit, followed by Flint, Mich., and Compton, Calif.

The bad news for St. Louis was good for Camden, N.J., which in 2005 was named the most dangerous city for the second year in a row.

Camden Mayor Gwendolyn Faison said Sunday she was thrilled to learn that her city no longer topped the most-dangerous list.

"You made my day!" said Faison, who has served since 2000. "There's a new hope and a new spirit."

Cities are ranked based on more than just their crime rate, Morgan said. Individual crimes such as rape or burglary are measured separately, compared to national averages and then compiled to give a city its ranking. Crimes are weighted based on their level of danger.

The national FBI figures released in June showed the murder rate in St. Louis jumped 16 percent from 2004 to 2005, compared with 4.8 percent nationally. The overall violent crime rate increased nearly 20 percent, compared with 2.5 percent nationally.

While crime increased in all regions last year, the 5.7 percent rise in the 12 Midwestern states was at least three times higher than any other region, according to the FBI.

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Me Too!! My home town...
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And Detroit is no. 2 with Flint (MI) no.3. Oddly, Troy (MI) ranked high for safest communities is only 30 or so miles south of Flint and even less from Detroit.
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Your orginally from St. louis?
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Your orginally from St. louis?
Yeppers...Born in St. Johns Hospital...It's now a parking garage for the Barnes/Jewish/Childrens complex on Euclid at Forest park. My Mom was a pharmacist at St. Johns While my Dad was a Student, on the GI Bill (Korea Vet)at the St. Louis College of Pharmacy. Then They bought a Rexall Store (another St. Louis company) in Southern Illinois.

I lived in St. Louis after I graduated from college at SIU from '81 to 84 before I moved to Florida...I had season seats in '82 when the Birds won their last Series...I used to live in the city near Kingshighway and Forest park Blvd.

It is an awesome city...I would live there today...except it gets too cold in the winter...
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I'm orginally from U-City! I graduated from there in 87' and went on to college in Cape Girardeau, Mo.......SEMO (South East Mo State). My parents are still there, but they live in Spanish Lake now....and yes, it's way too cold there for me.

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And Detroit is no. 2 with Flint (MI) no.3. Oddly, Troy (MI) ranked high for safest communities is only 30 or so miles south of Flint and even less from Detroit.
Yep and I have lived in all 3! NO JOKE!




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Wow. Congrats St. Louis...you won the worst World Series of all time and now you've claimed the most coveted award in the United States. Way to go.



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Cliff notes? Way too long.
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Cliff Notes: St Louis sucks.



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Couldn't care less.
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Couldn't care less.
And their baseball team sucks.



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And their baseball team sucks.
Bunch of lucky bags of douche.
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Worst World Series ever.



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That one when the Yanks and Devil rays played was really good to watch. i watched every game. I think it was '01 or '02.
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I'm orginally from U-City! I graduated from there in 87' and went on to college in Cape Girardeau, Mo.......SEMO (South East Mo State). My parents are still there, but they live in Spanish Lake now....and yes, it's way too cold there for me.


I used to catch shows at The Pageant...Delmar and Skinker???

Of course You can't beat a sandwich from Amagetti's Bakery...or the pizza's at Milo's, across the street...St. Louis is a world class city...

And for all you haters out there...
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And for all you haters out there.........
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Haters make the world go around!
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