New study identifies the top ten most dangerous U.S. cities - and the worst one might surprise you

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According to an article by the Daily Mail, the top ten most dangerous cities in the United States have been ranked once again. A company called Security Gauge has done the research, and the results may surprise you. 

Monroe, Louisiana has taken the top spot for the last two years, but the crime-riddled town by the bayou has been usurped this year by an even smaller southern town.

Security gauge’s research only included towns that have over 25,000 residents. The data collected included crimes reported like rape, murder, armed robbery, and aggravated assault.

Monroe was overtaken by a small southwestern town named Bessemer, Alabama. Bessemer has a population of around 27,000 residents, and those residents reportedly have around a one-in-30 chance of becoming the victim of violent crime.

Bessemer got high marks for motor vehicle theft, property crime, and violence. The town once called "Marvel City" has seen rising violence among a major unemployment crisis.  

Monroe didn’t fall too far down the list, however, as the Louisiana town came in at number two.

The town’s 47,000 residents still have about a one-in-38 chance of becoming victims of violent crime. The city, which hosts the University of Louisiana at Monroe, still holds the dubious distinction as the murder capital of the world. 

Here's how the rest of the list shakes out:

3. Saginaw, Michigan. With a violent crime rate of about 25.1 per 1,000 residents, the city that sits about 100 miles from Detroit is known as a party city that often ends in violence. Recently, a 51-year-old and a 19-year-old were killed in Saginaw after a wild street party.

4. Memphis, Tennessee. Boasting 70,000 residents, the birthplace of Elvis Presley is now much better known for violence instead of rock and roll.  Memphis is governed by soft-on-crime democratic leaders and is one of the United States' leading hotspots for double homicides.

5. Detrot, Michigan. One in 43 residents of Detroit are at risk of being a victim of a violent crime. The population of Detroit has decreased every year since 2014, but it still ranks consistently as one of the most violent cities in the U.S.

6. Birmingham, Alabama. With a one-in-43 chance of becoming a victim of violent crime, Birmingham comes in at number six on the list. Birmingham has been on the top ten list for years.

7. Pine Bluff, Arkansas. With a population of 43,000 people, and a crime rate of 25.1 per 1,000 residents, the small city in Arkansas sees more crimes per square mile than the Arkansas average

8. Little Rock, Arkansas. Two Arkansas towns back-to-back on the top ten list, Little Rock residents have a one-in-49 chance of being victims of violence.

9. Alexandra, Louisiana. Alexandra is in northern Louisiana and residents have a one-in-58 chance of being victimized.

10. Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland just makes the top ten with a violent crime rate of one in 58.
 
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