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March 1, 2015

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Report: Las Vegas is nation’s 76th most dangerous city

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Las Vegas received a mixed bag of news with the release of a national study Sunday ranking the country's most dangerous cities and metropolitan areas.

The good news: Las Vegas ranks 76th — down nine spots from last year — out of 400 U.S. cities with a population of at least 75,000 that reported data.

The study by CQ Press analyzed crime rates per 100,000 people in 2009 across six categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft.

St. Louis took the top spot this year as the most dangerous city, pushing Camden, N.J., to No. 2., according to the study.

Detroit, Flint, Mich., and Oakland, Calif., rounded out the top five. For the second straight year, the safest city with more than 75,000 residents was Colonie, N.Y.

Other Nevada cities on the list included North Las Vegas at No. 148, Reno at No. 188, Sparks at No. 207 and Henderson at No. 317.

As a metro area, however, Las Vegas-Paradise didn't fare as well: The area ranked as the No. 8 most dangerous, according to the study. Last year, Las Vegas-Paradise ranked seventh among metro areas.

The Las Vegas-Paradise metro area includes Clark County, according to the study.

The five most dangerous metro areas, as reported by the study, in order are: Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Mich.; Pine Bluff, Ark.; Memphis, Tenn.; Lake Charles, La.; and Lawton, Okla.

The annual rankings are based on population figures and crime data compiled by the FBI. Some criminologists question the findings, saying the methodology is unfair.

Greg Scarbro, unit chief of the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, said the FBI also discourages using data for these types of rankings.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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  1. Looks like the tax increases for Metro have not done any good. We need more government programs to help people and fewer police creating disturbances.

    D and F Street should be renamed. It is a cruel racist joke to have these Streets bisecting a Historic African American area.

    Obama Street and Malcolm X Street.

  2. You're showing your true colors now, mred. More government programs? Why don't you move to Moscow, you'd love it there and they'd love you.

    Why not keep supporting those who never worked in their entire lives and refuse to help those who did and who paid into the system their entire lives when in time of need? Is that what you are saying? That is what is already happening.

    You fit right in with the racist Clark County Social Workers and the disgusting Black Panthers that run the security for the city and county, and Oscar Goodman and his henchmen.

    Obama, worst president in the United States history.

    Malcolm X, preaching racism against the white man and spreading fairy tales. Racism the blacks, not the white man, desire to continue.

    All you do is cry racism and blame a people who wasn't even around at the time of slavery.

    We need to cut government by 50%, do away with multiple appeals for convicts and start following China's system of fast trial and fast execution.

    And... the headlines ought to read the truth, LAS VEGAS NUMBER 8 IN NATION'S MOST DANGEROUS CITIES.