Forbes Magazine has released their list of the country's most dangerous cities. In order to qualify, a city has to meet some basic criteria. The city must have a population greater than 200,000. The statistics are compiled by looking at the number of violent crimes per 100,000 citizens. Violent crimes is defined as murder, voluntary manslaughter, forcible rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault. The top five cities are set forth as follows:
2. Memphis, Tennessee - The poorest large city in the United States.
3. Springfield, Illinois - Springfield just barely qualified to be included in this survey because they only have a population of 206,601. The high crime rate is associated with the fact that 44% of Springfield's population is under the age of 44. Crime is associated with the youth.
4. Flint, Michigan - High unemployment for a long period of time.
5. Anchorage, Alaska - Anchorage has been hit by a big methamphetamine problem. Plus, there is a high rate of forcible rapes.
Rounding out the top ten is Lubbock, Texas at number 6, Stockton, California at number 7, Tallahassee, Florida at number 8, Las Vegas, Nevada at number 9, and Rockford, Illinois at number 10.
Other than Michigan, Illinois is the only other state with the distinction of having 2 of its cities on the top 10 list of the country's most dangerous cities.
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