by Charles A. Monagan
May 26, 2011
08:59 AMOn Connecticut
The Most Dangerous State?
Business Insider just recently came out with "The 25 Most Dangerous Cities in America" list based on 2010 FBI statistics for violent crimes including murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, per 100,000 people. Interestingly, even though much of the nation considers Connecticut rich, elitist suburbia, our state made the list—twice!
The No. 4 city on the list is New Haven, which "had 1,584 violent crimes per 100,000 people. There were 628 robberies per 100,000 people, almost triple the national average." With seven shootings in the city over the past week alone, this ranking is probably not changing anytime soon.
Coming in at No. 14 is Hartford. According to Business Insider, the Insurance City "had 1,293 violent crimes per 100,000 people. There were 21 murders per 100,000 people, more than double the national average." That's nothing to be proud of, to say the least.
For what it's worth, Hartford and New Haven are in good company—Washington D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, St. Louis, Miami and Buffalo were among the other cities on the list, and to be honest, I would still travel to any of them to visit. And Connecticut is not the only state with multiple cities—Michigan, Missouri, California, Florida and even Massachusetts had multiple municipalities considered highly dangerous. Again, these numbers wouldn't really stop me, or most people, from going to or living in any of those states or cities.
Ultimately, other than a means to generate buzz about a publication, these kinds of lists don't tell us anything that we don't know already: That big cities can sometimes be dangerous. Big cities are also often chock full of great places to eat and visit, cultural treasures and entertainment options, ethnic diversity and civic opportunities—the kinds of things that draw people together in large numbers in the first place.
In the end, as social creatures, humans will continue gather in large numbers, meaning that we will continue to enjoy the benefits of big cities, dangerous or not.The Most Dangerous State?