1. St. Louis
Crime Risk Index: 530
Over a seven-year period ending in 2009, the crime risk in St. Louis was more than five times the national average, according to FBI crime reporting data. However, there is reason to believe that the city’s situation is improving; the St. Louis Police Department reported in January that major crimes in St. Louis in 2010 were down 9.2 percent from 2009 levels.