Orlando’s a Dangerous City

Orlando is the sixth most dangerous city in the United States.

Great. Well, that certainly made my day.

I was reading fellow Central Florida blog “The Daily City” earlier this morning, and came across a post about this news. So I had to dig a little deeper and find out what this was all about. Sure enough, Forbes.com published research on the most dangerous cities in the US, and Orlando is on the list. Here’s how they came up with their results:

To determine our list, we used violent crime statistics from the FBI’s latest uniform crime report, issued in 2008. The violent crime category is composed of four offenses: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. We evaluated U.S. metropolitan statistical areas–geographic entities defined by the U.S. Office of Management and Budget for use by federal agencies in collecting, tabulating and publishing federal statistics–with more than 500,000 residents.”

I’ve lived in the Central Florida area for over 10 years, and have felt relatively safe for most of that time. Of course, there are definitely areas I wouldn’t venture into…alone or with a group of folks.

Here’s the Top 10 list of the country’s most dangerous cities:

1. Detroit
2. Memphis
3. Miami
4. Las Vegas
5. Stockton (California)
6. Orlando
7. Little Rock
8. Charleston (South Carolina)
9. Nashville
10. Baltimore

Now don’t you feel better? Interesting that the larger US cities–New York, Chicago, Los Angeles–aren’t even on the list.

To read the entire Forbes.com article click here.

6 comments

  1. I’ve been to NYC a handful of times and my mom had her purse stolen on one of those trips. I’ve been to Orlando HUNDREDS of times and have never been the victim of a crime there.

  2. @Colleen Like I said, there are definite areas to stay away from, but I’ve felt pretty safe in this city for the past 10 years. You just gotta know where to go, and where NOT to go.

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