In an analysis of FBI statistics released Sunday, Detroit pushed past St. Louis to become the nation's most dangerous city. Last year's crime leader, St. Louis, fell to No. 2.
Another Michigan city, Flint, ranked third, followed by Oakland California, Camden, New Jersey, Birmingham, Alabama, North Charleston, South Carolina, Memphis, Tennessee, Richmond, California, and Cleveland, Ohio.
The 14th annual "City Crime Rankings: Crime in Metropolitan America" was published by CQ Press, a unit of Congressional Quarterly Inc. It is based on the FBI's September 24th crime statistics report.
The study drew harsh criticism even before it came out. The American Society of Criminology launched a pre-emptive strike Friday, issuing a statement attacking it as "an irresponsible misuse" of crime data.
The report looked at 378 cities with at least 75,000 people based on per-capita rates for homicide, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft. Each crime category was considered separately and weighted based on its seriousness, CQ Press says.
The study ranked Mission Viejo, California as the safest U.S. city, followed by Clarkstown, New York, Brick Township, New Jersey, Amherst, New York, and Sugarland, Texas.