There are only six cities in the U.S. where it’s more dangerous to live in than Nashville, according to a Forbes article released earlier this week.
Memphis tops the list with a combination of growing gang crime and a bad driving record, while Detroit, commonly considered a rough city after dark, sits at fourth on the list. Music City (listed as Nashville/Davidson County) lands in seventh on the list of most dangerous cities.
The magazine used 2009 data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s statistics on violent crimes per 100,000 along with 2008 Department of Transportation data on the number of traffic fatalities per 100,000 residents. Furthermore, Forbes only ranked cities with 250,000 residents or more.
Chicago, Las Vegas and Virginia Beach, Va., were not included in the ranking due to lack of data.
The article presents the ranking with a grain of salt, reminding readers that no ranking can fully determine how “safe” or “risky” a city is.
According to Forbes, the top 10 most dangerous cities are:
1. Memphis, Tenn.
2. St. Louis, Mo.
3. Kansas City, Mo.
4. Detroit, Mi.
5. Miami, Fla.
6. Tulsa, Okla.
7. Nashville-Davidson, Tenn.
8. Indianapolis, Ind.
9. Oklahoma City, Okla.
10. Stockton, Calif.