2 Mid-South cities ranked in nation's top 10 most dangerous, study finds

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A new study is out and once again the City of Memphis is ranked inside the top 10 for being one of the most dangerous cities in the United States.

According to NeighborhoodScout's Most Dangerous Cities – 2018, Memphis is ranked number 9 on the list and West Memphis, Arkansas, is ranked number 10. The research they found revealed the 100 most dangerous cities in America with 25,000 or more people, based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents.

This is the fourth straight year inside the top 10 for the City of Memphis.

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The crime data they used are the most recent data the FBI classifies as ‘Final, non-preliminary.’  It is the most up-to-date and fully vetted data with complete national coverage that is available.

In 2012, Memphis was the 19th most dangerous, 22nd in 2013, 14th in 2014, 10th in 2015, 6th in 2016, and 10th in 2017.

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“I do not feel that way,” said Lula Martin. Martin was born in Memphis, moved away for 20 years and is now back because of the potential she sees.

The city recently went 18 days without a homicide.

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The police department has added officers thanks to larger recruiting classes.

“Memphis is the Mecca for that type of environment for families and homes and job opportunity and entrepreneurship,” Martin said.

So far in 2018, murders are down compared to this time last year. Murders were down in all of 2017 while aggravated assaults and robberies were up.