The list is based on the number of violent crimes in a year per 100,000 people. Detroit beats out Karachi, Pakistan and Juarez, Mexico with 2,137 crimes per 100,000, and that would include murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults. They saw 344 murders last year. Thus, Detroit has lost more than 200,000 residents since 2001.
Interestingly, when it comes to violent robberies, Oakland is actually #1 in the nation. The much maligned city across the Bay is a frequent fixture on lists like this, and currently has about 1700 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.
The list, if you dare:
10. Buffalo, New York
9. Cleveland, Ohio
8. Stockton, California
7. Baltimore, Maryland
6. Atlanta, Georgia
5. Birmingham, Alabama
4. Memphis, Tennessee
3. Oakland, California
2. St. Louis, Missouri
1. Detroit, Michigan
SFist has asked Oakland Mayor Jean Quan for comment. We will update just as soon as she gets back to us.


BCS: To reduce violence in a city like Oakland will take a greater commitment to collaboration and a acceptance that town business is the city’s business, the states business and the countries business. When violence is the greatest public health hazard among young men of color 18 -25 years old, you don’t get to own that statistic it’s national. No one man or woman can solve the challenges of violence alone or in isolation we must listen to each other, uplift each other, embrace new ideas and remember there is no I in team. To those of you who continue to bring peace in communities rife with violence, we love you keep working, you’re making a difference. For those of you who think you can do it alone….we will continue to pray for your hearts and minds to be open to change… Peace