Kansas City Named 3rd Most Dangerous City In US

Kansas City earned a dubious ranking when Forbes.com announced that Kansas City ranked as the No. 3 most dangerous city in the U.S.
The rankings were put together by combining the Federal Bureau of Investigation's violent crime data with the rate of fatal car crashes.Tops on the list is Memphis, Tenn., followed by St. Louis.Forbes warned that the list only provides a general ranking, but each person should use their own criteria for determining personal safety.“There are zones in safe cities that are way off the chart for crime rates, but when you average it across all of the city, it doesn’t look so bad,” says Bruce McIndoe, president of Maryland-based iJet Intelligent Risk Systems, a risk-assessment firm, said in the Forbes.com article. “When people move into cities, they should be finding out the lay of local land. A homeowner would want to do due diligence and look at it neighborhood by neighborhood -- not just by city.”Forbes said it used FBI data on the number of violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2009, and Department of Transportation data on the number of traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents in 2008 (the most recent available). They ranked all cities with a population above 250,000. Forbes said a lack of data prevented them from including Chicago, Las Vegas and Virginia Beach, Va., in the rankings.The Top 10 list is:
1. Memphis, Tenn.
2. St. Louis, Mo.
3. Kansas City, Mo.
4. Detroit, Mich.
5. Miami, Fla.
6. Tulsa, Okla.
7. Nashville-Davidson, Tenn.
8. Indianapolis, Ind.
9. Oklahoma City, Okla.
10. Stockton, Calif.
(tie) Atlanta, Ga.

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