Do you feel safe at Disney World? Did you know that Orlando—home to the Happiest Place on Earth—is tied for the third highest crime rate in the nation, and that St. Louis is first? Today U.S. News published information about cities with the top crime rates, based on analysis of recent FBI data from 2003-2009. [See a slide show of the 11 Most Dangerous Cities.]
But the FBI warns there are many variables affecting crime rate, including population density, modes of transportation available, concentration of youth, and even climate. The strength of law enforcement agencies is also a factor, a growing concern in the current financial climate, when many municipalities are cutting budgets. Also, the FBI’s website cautions, “one city may report more crime than a comparable one, not because there is more crime, but rather because its law enforcement agency, through proactive efforts, identifies more offenses.”
For these reasons, a city’s crime rate doesn’t always translate to a sense of danger or safety.
What do you think? In which city do you feel the least safe? Take the poll and post your thoughts below.