The 25 U.S. cities and metros with the highest crime rates

Is your job as a security director made more difficult by the fact that your company or organization is operating in one of the nation's cities with the highest crime rates?

CQ Press, a publishing company specializing in reports targeted around politics, policy and people, released today its 2010-2011 City Crime Rankings. The reports lists overall crime rankings and divides the rankings by cities and metro areas. The crime rankings are based upon reports from six crime categories, including murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. CQ Press offers the full reports in a variety of formats via its website.

Wondering what cities and metro areas were the worst? Flip to the next pages to find out what CQ Press decided were the worst...

The 25 most crime-prone cities

  1. St. Louis, MO
  2. Camden, NJ
  3. Detroit, MI
  4. Flint, MI
  5. Oakland, CA
  6. Richmond, CA
  7. Cleveland, OH
  8. Compton, CA
  9. Gary, IN
  10. Birmingham, AL
  11. Baltimore, MD
  12. Memphis, TN
  13. New Orleans, LA
  14. Jackson, MS
  15. Little Rock, AR
  16. Baton Rouge, LA
  17. Buffalo, NY
  18. New Haven, CT
  19. Hartford, CT
  20. Dayton, OH
  21. Kansas City, MO
  22. Washington, DC
  23. Newark, NJ
  24. Cincinnati, OH
  25. Atlanta, GA

The 25 most crime-prone metropolitan areas

  1. Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, MI M.D.
  2. Pine Bluff, AR
  3. Memphis, TN-MS-AR
  4. Lake Charles, LA
  5. Lawton, OK
  6. Hot Springs, AR
  7. Flint, MI
  8. Las Vegas-Paradise, NV
  9. Little Rock, AR
  10. Texarkana, TX-Texarkana, AR
  11. Brunswick, GA
  12. Oakland-Fremont, CA M.D.
  13. Jackson, TN
  14. Stockton, CA
  15. Florence, SC
  16. Miami-Dade County, FL M.D.
  17. Fayetteville, NC
  18. Anchorage, AK
  19. Mobile, AL
  20. Albuquerque, NM
  21. Bakersfield, CA
  22. Battle Creek, MI
  23. Columbus, GA-AL
  24. Detroit (greater), MI
  25. Baton Rouge, LA