St. Louis Named Number One Most Deadly Place to Live in America

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Parker Botanical/ Gary Bollinger photo via
The most sinful city in America is also the deadliest.

Making the rounds this week is yet another negative ranking that has St. Louis occupying the No. 1 spot. The Conservative Post has named St. Louis the "most deadly" place to live in America in its latest top ten list, beating out Memphis, Houston, Seattle, New Orleans, New York, Newark, Miami, Oakland and Los Angeles.

Why? Crime stats! But also...natural disasters!

See also: St. Louis No. 1 "Most Sinful" City In America, Report Says; RFT Chooses Top 7 Places To Sin

As we've chronicled many times -- most notably with a Washington University crime rap -- officials in St. Louis argue that crime rankings comparing American cities are inherently flawed and unfairly place us at the top. That's because, St. Louis city is counted separately from the county but is generally compared alongside larger metro areas that include larger surrounding suburban areas.

In fact, most recently, there have been renewed calls from city and county police officials to encourage the feds to merge the stats, so St. Louis is compared fairly -- and ideally removed from the top spots on these ranking.

Here's a recent tweet/map from the blog nextSTL.com that offers a bit of a visual representation of this stat problem:

Here's a murder map for 2013 via the Post-Dispatch on Google Maps:


So with that huuuge caveat aside, the Conservative Post says, "St. Louis has the highest rate of violent crime of any large US city. We're talking murder, rape, and assault." For what it's worth, last month, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Chief Sam Dotson reported that crime in the city is down this year.

"Popular Science," the article says, "adds that St. Louis has a higher-than-normal chance of natural disasters."

Here are the the top five other non-crime reasons that St. Louis is the deadliest:

5. Fault line

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USGS/Joan Gomberg and Eugene Schweig

"A fault line sits nearby that could cause earthquakes and flooding."

4. Flooding

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Missouri Department of Conservation
Recent flooding near St. Louis.

"A 500-year flood along the Mississippi would give a repeat performance of Katrina in New Orleans."

Continue for more reasons why St. Louis is the deadliest.


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176 comments
BK88
BK88

What about traffic. Hurry up and wait everywhere, not just in line to go up the Arch. Crappiest roads I have ever seen and butthole drivers that cut across from one far lane to the other in their BMWs and Lexus. The St. Louis County government could learn from the updates Kansas City has made 10 years ago.

BK88
BK88

What about toxic traffic? Hurry up and wait everywhere, not only in line to go up the Arch. Crappiest metropolitan roads I have ever seen and butthole suburban drivers who cross a one far side lane to the other far side in their BMWs and Lexus. The St. Louis city and county government could learn from the road and infrastructure updates Kansas City has made 10 years ago.

Bonnie Brookins
Bonnie Brookins

In reading the article, they are comparing apples to apples.

Ari Jo Ellis
Ari Jo Ellis

I think we are just brave enough to report what happens in this fine city.

Etchika Ellis
Etchika Ellis

I live here on Washington and unfortunately there is a lot of truth to this...

majnun99
majnun99

Really,  we attained this dubious honor again?

Strange; I've never actually witnessed a serious act of violence with a gun in St. Louis in well over 50 years. I only had to be in Chicago a few days to hear gunshots.

However, a guy was murdered only about a block away from my house maybe a month or so back. I just didn't know about it until a neighbor told me.

Phil Janovick
Phil Janovick

Crime happens where you let it.....Damn it to hell if I aint been a victim more than a half dozen times here !!! From car liscense plates stole to car jacked to held up at gun point &&&& several smash & grabs to my vehicles !!!!! & Im in the GROVE !!!!!!

Amy Farmer
Amy Farmer

thought chicago had this title. we have more gangs and drugs than chi town? really?

Zach Bushey
Zach Bushey

Dudes still sag? I thought skinny jeans took over.

Mark Bland
Mark Bland

But there isn't heated debate about it since this isn't news and we held the title within the past 3 years.

Lisa Criss Mueller
Lisa Criss Mueller

I really like Mayor Slay. Times are a changing. Always have and always will-from the hippie perspective..

Jesda Ulati
Jesda Ulati

It doesn't really matter where STL ranks or whether those stats include the suburbs. The bigger issue is that crime in STL City is way too high.

RK Kittenbitz
RK Kittenbitz

I've experienced loss of property due to weather in every city I've lived, except Saint Louis. I've been a victim of crime in every city I've lived, except Saint Louis. Bring it on, deadly is the spice of life. #whatever

Benjamin Scherliss
Benjamin Scherliss

Slay needs to start "playing the system" with the way statistics are reported just like New Orleans and Chicago do. Find it the slight bit interesting that neither ever shows up on these idiotic reports? Yeah. Stop spreading this mindless crap around.

Jason Savoy
Jason Savoy

We would probably be much lower on the list if we banned sagging. #probsagging

Couch Pig
Couch Pig

Stl is a shitty smelling cesspool worst place ive been trapped due to poor corrupt catholic/jewish economy

RK Kittenbitz
RK Kittenbitz

Oh, I am sure you are nothing but fluffy kittens, cotton candy, and sunshine. Whatever.

Terry Burk
Terry Burk

I am sure you are wonderful person to be around. :-)

heyheyhey
heyheyhey

You can't die in a tornado if you stand under the arch


Michael Mahler
Michael Mahler

It seems as though they are using potential natural disasters that usually happen "near" St. Louis to push their point. Hardly seems fair or logical. Again these polls only harm an area and are best ignored for the propaganda that they are.

RK Kittenbitz
RK Kittenbitz

Casey, hate all you want. It's a waste of energy. All this bitterness just makes me laugh and smile.

RK Kittenbitz
RK Kittenbitz

Terry, KC is a joke. Been there done that, but nice try. You have some powerful rose colored glasses on, gotta hand it to you. Let me inform your ignorant ass that I have lived in Los Angeles, NYC, Dallas, Denver, and about a half dozen more places. I have visited places *gasp* out of the country, even!! Have you even bothered? I bet not. You stew in your own poison. I relish your kind. You are tasty with Chianti.

Terry Burk
Terry Burk

Pray tell what are you doing Superman? I help people everyday as a physician, as a volunteer and with donations to multiple charitable groups. I just think the city can be improved significantly in a number of ways. If you can't see that then that is your problem not mine.

Casey Kohler
Casey Kohler

I hate the county more than the city to be honest, but congratulations on the use of cesspool, its my favorite thing to compare this city too. :)

RK Kittenbitz
RK Kittenbitz

So you spew some information. What do you want, an award? Now, what are you gonna do, spew some more, or do something useful?

Terry Burk
Terry Burk

Yeah yeah... nice politically correct answer. Have you ever visited another city? The closest examples I would give you are Kansas City and Indianapolis. Both with wonderfully rejuvenated downtowns where you don't fear for your life. If STL is your model city I am truly sorry.

Terry Burk
Terry Burk

The only one I hear whining is you. I am just stating the facts.

Dennis Hanson
Dennis Hanson

I'm sure who ever did this study hasn't been in the south part of Chicago! St Louis doesn't bother me at all compared to my periodic work visits to South Chicago area!

nrr
nrr

@actuallybambi Misery loves company. I'm actually from the Illinois side of things, which is worse. (:

grauface
grauface

@mhayden04 St. Louis... the city that never eats!* *because everyone is getting murdered

mark314618636
mark314618636

@Terry Burk, so downtown St. Louis hasn't been rejuvenated? Citygarden, Washington Avenue, hundreds of lofts and apartments, Cupples Station, Peabody Opera House, new brew pubs, Arch grounds, SLU Law, many infrastructure projects (Tucker Blvd.), Park-Pacific, the Central Library, Ballpark Village, MX District projects, tech companies, etc.  

You are crazy if you don't believe downtown St. Louis isn't better off than 10-years ago. The problem with St. Louis' downtown is people like you. You come down for a baseball game and leave. You brag about other city's downtowns, but fail to see the revitalized downtown in your own backyard. While downtown KC has added some great project to its downtown - so has St. Louis. Downtown St. Louis is still revitalizing - Roberts Tower, The Arcade, Millennium Hotel, the Millennium Center luxury apartments, Chemical Building, Blues Museum etc.

And by the way, I visit KC on a regular basis, downtown KC is not as busy as downtown STL - outside of the P&L District. 

mark314618636
mark314618636

@Terry Burk, provide us with your facts, Terry. 

actuallybambi
actuallybambi

@nrr I see; you've managed to escape #1 Crimeville USA. Where's your sense of nearest hometown crime-ridden metropolis pride?

nrr
nrr

@actuallybambi Used to! Originally from O'Fallon, went to school in Edwardsville and Carbondale, moved to Fairview Heights after that.

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