PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Camden, New Jersey, was the most dangerous city in the United States for the second consecutive year, according to an annual survey released on Monday. The survey ranked the rates of serious crimes including murders, rapes and robberies in 369 U.S. cities, based on 2004 statistics reported by the FBI last month.
Camden, a city of 80,000 people near Philadelphia, was listed as the most dangerous, followed by Detroit, Michigan; St. Louis, Missouri; and Flint, Michigan, according to the Safest (and Most Dangerous) Cities survey by Morgan Quitno Press, a research and publishing company based in Kansas. Camden’s murder rate was more than 10 times the national average and its robbery rate was seven times the national average, the study said.
“It was a very bad year for Camden,” said Scott Morgan, president of Morgan Quitno, adding that the city’s rating was the worst in the survey’s 12-year history.
The safest city, also for the second year in a row, was the Boston suburb of Newton, Massachusetts, which had no murders and the lowest overall crime and motor-vehicle theft rates in the nation. Newton was followed by Clarkstown, New York; Amherst, New York; and Mission Viejo, California.