Police in riot gear use tear gas and other means of crowd control as they blockade the station's parking garage in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

With the ominous title of “These Are The 5 Most Most Dangerous Florida Cities ” comes a bit of good news. Last year(2022), 6 Florida cities made the Top 100 List. Melbourne, Panama City, Lake Worth, Daytona Beach, Palm Springs, and Riviera Beach.  In the 2023 update, no Florida city cracked the Top 50. And there’s definitely been some shuffling. Conversely, in 2016, 12 Florida cities made this list. Locally, just 12 years ago Fort Myers ranked high on this list. Now it’s not on here at all. Think you know which Florida cities did make this top 10 list? Wrong. Miami didn’t make it.

So which cities made The Most Dangerous Florida Cities list?

Here’s the methodology, according to Neighborhood Scout :”Our research reveals the 100 most dangerous cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. Violent crimes include homicide, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault. Data used for this research are 1) the number of violent crimes reported to the FBI to have occurred in each city, and 2) the population of each city.” It continues “Once we have this complete and accurate count of crimes for every city in the nation, our analysis takes the violent crimes for each city with 25,000 or more people, and divides them by the population of the city, divided by 1,000.  This establishes a violent crime rate per 1,000 population that is used to compare every city.”

I’m proud of Florida for only having 5 cities on this list this year. But that’s because what the list is. Violent crimes. Assault with a pizza. Throwing an alligator through a Wendy’s Drive Thru window. Driving a golf cart naked down I75. Those are the crimes Florida is known for. And those didn’t fall into the FBI violent crimes category. But here’s the cities that do find themselves on this list of Dangerous Florida Cities. I’m staying Florida centric on most, but I will do the top 10.

  • 97. Lake Worth Beach , FL

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.3
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 106
  • 92. Panama City, FL

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 9.5
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 104

     

  • 76. Daytona Beach, FL

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.1
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 98
  • 63. Palm Springs, FL

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 10.9
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 91

     

  • 57. Riviera Beach, FL

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 11.5
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 86
  • And that's it

    Riviera Beach at the 57th most dangerous city in America. And even with that, that’s 9 spots better than last year. Sure, there’s crime in Florida. But it’s safer here than in most other parts. Here’s the top 10 from across the country.

  • 10. Alexandria, LA

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 18.8
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 53
  • 9. Little Rock, AR

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 20.2
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 49
  • 8. Pine Bluff, AR

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 20.5
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 48
  • 7. Birmingham, AL

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 20.6
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 49
  • 6. Detroit, MI

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 23.0
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 43
  • 5. Memphis, TN

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 25.1
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 39
  • 4. Saginaw, MI

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 25.1
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 39
  • 3. Monroe, LA

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 26.3
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 38
  • 2. Mobile, AL

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 27.9
    • Chance of being a victim: 1 in 35
  • 1. Bessemer, AL

    • Violent Crime Rate (per 1,000 residents): 33.1
    • Your chance of being a victim: 1 in 30

    I had to look this place up. Here’s what I found “ Depending on where you live in Bessemer, you could be in a high crime area or in a rural setting that is somewhat safe. Inner city Bessemer is not the safest place to be after dark, but by day it is mostly ok. “

    ‘mostly ok’

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