20 Worst Streets In America

20 Worst Streets In America

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Ever since the decline of industrial output in the United States started in the 1960s, America has experienced a surge in unemployment levels and the attendant side effects such as a drop in real wages, drug trafficking, gun violence, high crime rates, and homicides. Inasmuch as just about every corner of the nation is affected, some areas have been disproportionately hard hit. The gist of the discussions that follow shall be to identify, list and offer brief explanations on the top 20 dangerous streets (in terms of violent crime rates, homicides, burglary, and property crime) in the United States of America with the aim of aiding those on the lookout for a place to reside make informed decisions. Take a look at the 20 worst streets in America.

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East EH Crump Boulevard/ South 4th Street, Memphis, TN

It is an intersection within the city of Memphis, Tennessee. This street/intersection is ranked the 11th worst in times of violent crime rates (82.91 per 1,000), with the chances of one becoming a victim of violent crime being 1 in 12 in a typical year. Other than violent crimes, it is also one of the poorest and the worst victims of urban decay. Plenty of trash is also found in the area, which further endangers the health and well-being of those who reside in the area.

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Independence Avenue/Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, MO

The zip code 64106 that lies at the intersection of the Independence Avenue and Prospect Avenue, Kansas City, MO is one of the worst in the nation. As per the latest statistics, the area experiences 82 violent crimes in a typical year with the official crime rate being 81.97 per 1,000 people. Each resident stands a 1 in 12 chance of being a victim. This is mainly due to dwindling economic opportunities, high poverty rates, and massive unemployment.

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Altgeld Gardens, Chicago, IL

Two streets within the city of Chicago, IL converge into what is popularly called Altgeld Gardens. These are the 130th Street and the 134th Street, respectively. Altgeld Gardens is a hotbed of gang violence, rapes, homicide, and violent crimes, among a host of other spats of insecurity. Of late, there have been 99.02 violent crimes per 1,000 with each resident standing a 1 in 10 chance of being a victim in a typical year.

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Mcculloh Street/West Preston Street, Baltimore, MD

With 91.03 violent crimes per 1,000 people, and residents standing a 1 in 11 chance of being a victim of the same, this intersection within the city of Baltimore, Maryland is America’s most dangerous. The area is indeed the scene of several robberies, gang violence, shootings, drug abuse, and confrontation with law enforcers.

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Ferry Avenue/South 8th Street, Camden, NJ

The city of Camden, NJ is America’s poorest. It is basically a ghost town whose decline was occasioned by the collapse of the textile industry. It has very high unemployment rates, violent crimes, gang rapes, drug and substance abuse, and all manner of wickedness. The intersection of the Ferry Avenue and the South 8th Street is particularly notorious. On the whole, the possibility of being a victim of crime in the area is 1 in 11 in a typical year.

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Prospect Street/South Keystone Avenue, Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis, Indiana is one of the cities that have been adversely affected by the rapid urban decay that has mainly been occasioned by the collapse of various industries across America. The city has witnessed high unemployment rates, drug abuse, and violent crime. This particular intersection records around 84.03 violent crime incidences per 1,000 people in a typical year, with the possibility of being a victim standing at 1 in 12.

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 East 34th Street/Sutherland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN

The zip code 46205 that lies at the intersection of East 34th Street and Sutherland Avenue, Indianapolis, IN is one of Indiana’s “killing zones.” It is particularly notorious for mass shootings, homicide, violent crime, and gang attacks. In general, the area experiences 83.5 violent crimes per 1,000 people in a typical year and the residents stand a 1 in 12 chance of being a victim of the same.

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Lagrange Street/Water Street, Toledo, OH

The overall crime rate in Toledo, Ohio is 96% higher than the U.S national average. This intersection is particularly notorious for all kinds of violent crimes and mass murders. It experiences 77.3 spates of violent crimes per 1,000 people, with each resident standing a 1 in 13 chance of being a victim of the same in a typical year. Further to that, crime rates have been on the increase with the current rate standing at 81%.

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Kishwaukee Street/Grove Street, Rockford IL

Dwindling economic fortunes in much of Illinois has occasioned a spike in the number of violent crimes. The city of Rockford has not been spared either. The area that is bounded by the intersection of Kishwaukee Street and Grove Street, Rockford IL, has in particular been hard hit. A resident of the area stands a 1 in 13 chance of being a victim of gang violence, rape, murder, or burglary. The official crime rate per 1,000 people currently stands at 75.8.

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Kinsman Road/Minnie Avenue, Cleveland, OH

Cleveland’s Kinsman Road and Minnie Avenue are very notorious for break-ins, burglaries, high-profile prostitution, mass shootings, and gang violence. This has mainly been occasioned by the absence of job opportunities that have manly driven the inhabitants into desperation. The area’s crime rate stands at 70.3 per 1,000 persons and 1 in 14 people stand a chance to be a victim of violent crime in a typical year.

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Lincoln Street/Court Street, Newark, NJ

Newark, New Jersey is a hub of drug trafficking in the American East Coast. Most of the drugs that are trafficked in the area are cocaine and heroin. This surge in drug and substance abuse brings along certain side effects such as mass shootings, murders, and violent crimes. Indeed the area that lies at the intersection of Lincoln Street and Court Street has been worst affected. It is prone to carjacking, drug-related violence, mass shootings, and robbery with violence.

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Central Parkway/Central Avenue, Cincinnati, OH

Cincinnati’s Central Parkway and Central Avenue are areas that have been very prone to mass shootings, cold blood murder, and break-ins. It experiences 67.05 spates of violent crimes per 1,000 people per annum. A resident of the area stands a 1 in 15 chance of being raped, murdered, shot in cold blood, or car jacked.

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13th Street, Washington Highlands, Washington DC

Washington Highlands is a residential neighborhood that is located to the south east of Washington DC. The neighborhood is the poorest in Washington DC and has a very high number of unemployed persons. Consequently, the 13th street which lies right next to the neighborhood is the worst affected and indeed one of the most dangerous in the entire nation. It is the scene of violence, gang attacks, robberies, shootings, and just about every other kind of evil. The area records 66.67 violent crimes per 1,000 people in a typical year and on the whole, a resident of the area stands a 1 in 15 chance of being a victim of the same.

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Caseyville Avenue/North Park Drive, East St. Louis, MO

Due to high poverty levels and dwindling economic fortunes, East St. Louis has rapidly become one of the worst places to live in the United States of America. East St. Louis Park District that lies at the intersection of the Caseyville Avenue and North Park Drive is particularly hard hit. In 2014, the park recorded the highest murder rate in the whole world, higher than that of San Pedro Sula, Honduras which stands at a whopping 90.4 per 100,000 people. Combine this with a violent crime rate of 66.27 per 1,000 people and there you have one of the most dangerous streets in America. On the whole, you stand a 1 in 15 chance of being a victim of violent crime in a typical year.

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West 15th Street/Boynton Avenue, Anniston, AL

Anniston, Alabama has the highest murder and violent crimes in the US State of Alabama. This is mainly driven by drug trafficking and massive unemployment levels in the state. The portion of the city that lies at the intersection of West 15th Street and Boynton Avenue is particularly hardest hit. It is the scene of shootings, murders, violent crimes, gang attacks, and rape. A person who frequents the area stands a 1 in 16 chance of being a victim of the aforementioned ills. In a typical year, the area records 62.57 spates of violent crimes per 1,000 people.

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Lyndon Street/West Outer Drive, Detroit, MI

The city of Detroit, Michigan has been the worst affected by the urban decay. Due to the collapse of the auto industry, many people lost their jobs, homes became abandoned, and unemployment levels hit the roof. Consequently, incidences of violent crimes, rape, murder, and drug trafficking became the norm. One of the worst affected areas is the Lyndon Street/West Outer Drive intersection which is a hot spot for violence and all manner of ills. The intersection experiences 60.89 incidences of violent crimes per 1,000 people in a given year, and a frequent visitor to the area stands a 1 in 16 chance of being a victim of the same in a given year.

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Massachusetts Avenue/East 34th Street, Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis, Indiana is consistently ranked as a top 13 most dangerous city in America. Most of its neighborhoods are scenes of gang violence, mass shooting, burglaries, and murders. The portion of the city that lies at the intersection of Massachusetts Avenue and East 34th Street is one of the worst affected areas. It experiences violent acts of all kinds ranging from carjacking, to drive-by shootings, to murders, and so on. The area records 60.06 acts of violent crimes per 1,000 people in a typical year and a resident or a frequent visitor to the site stands a 1 in 17 chance of being a victim of the same.

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President Drive/Williamsburg Drive, Cincinnati, OH

The area around the President Drive and Williamsburg Drive, Cincinnati, OH is pretty wealthy and prosperous. However, it is also very prone to all manner of deviant behaviors. Most criminals hide in the adjacent park and use it as the platform from which they later attack their unsuspecting victims. In a typical year, 59.99 violent crimes are committed per 1,000 people in the area. A resident of the adjacent neighborhood stands a 1 in 17 chance of being robed, shot, murdered, carjacked, or have his house broken into.

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North Miller Street, Newburgh, NY

Newburgh is a town that is located in the Hudson Valley and which also forms a part of the larger New York Metropolitan area. The city has been undergoing an economic decline that started in the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. The decline has seen massive unemployment, high poverty levels, a fall in real wages, and a surge in violent crimes. The North Miller Street has particularly borne the brunt of these violent crimes. The street witnesses 59.81 acts of violent crimes per 1,000 people in a given year and a resident or a visitor in the area stands a 1 in 17 chance of being robbed, murdered, carjacked, or raped.

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North West 17th Avenue/North West 69th Street, Miami, Florida

Miami, Florida is one of the most plagued cities by drug trafficking manly from Mexico. The most natural consequences of drug and substance abuse are violence, robberies, assault, and burglary. Indeed the city has experienced these and many more problems with the portion of the city that lies at the junction of North West 17th Avenue and North West 69th Street being particularly worst affected. That area experiences 59.64 violent crimes per 1,000 people in a given year and a frequent visitor or resident of the area stands a 1 in 17 chance of being a victim of the same in a typical year.

It is worthy to note that the order of the worst streets in America as listed above may not hold in the long run. That’s because it is naturally expected to fluctuate without notice given the highly fluid and dynamic nature of the various parameters that determine the insecurity of a street. Also, many streets tie in terms of the level of insecurity such that it is not possible to provide a foolproof and reliable ranking. Interested parties are therefore strongly advised to conduct further research in order to acquaint themselves with the very latest rankings besides obtaining more information as regards the state of insecurity in the listed neighborhoods.

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