The 5 Most Dangerous Places to Live in the U.S.

Gun violence, gangs, and drugs make many cities on Forbes list the most dangerous places to live in the U.S. As a country, we have taken many measures to ensure that our fellow human beings are protected, through law enforcement and by investing millions of dollars in security. Crime and danger are still inevitable, though. These are the top 5 most dangerous places to live in the United States. 

5. New Orleans, Louisiana  

According to The Center Square, the violent crime rate in New Orleans is among the highest in the nation. In the metro area, there are 624 incidents for every 100,000 people. The local violent crime rate climbed by 13.2% in 2020, more than double the national increase.  

4. Detroit, Michigan  

According to The Detroit News, 14,370 violent crimes were reported by Detroit police in 2020, including assault, robbery, rape, and criminal homicide. It continues to be one of the most dangerous places to live in the U.S. 

3. Jackson, Mississippi 

This state capital has become one of the most dangerous places to live in the U.S. After pushing past 150 homicides in December 2021, it topped the most cases of gun violence, setting a grim annual record for a city that over the last two years has quietly become one of the country’s deadliest. 

2. St. Louis, Missouri 

St. Louis had the highest murder rate in the United States for 2020 with 263 homicides. A homicide rate of 87% per 100,000 people. The city received a quality-of-life score of 5.4 out of a possible 10. It was also ranked the second most “Sinful City” right behind Las Vegas.  

It’ll surprise you that the most dangerous place to live in the U.S. isn’t one of these cities, though. What should be the safest place for any human being to be protected happens to be most deadly: the womb. 

1. The Womb 

The womb is undoubtedly the most dangerous place to live in the United States. In the latest report by WHO (World Health Organization), there is currently a 20.8% rate of abortions for every 1,000 women. In 2019, over 600,000 legal abortions (629,898) were reported in the United States.  

Abortion laws vary state per state. Reports show higher abortion rates in some states (like New York) more than others. Now with several bills being expedited, such as the RHEA Act in Colorado, it is likely that these state rates will increase. Even with bills aimed to protect pre-born lives like Texas’s “heartbeat law,” many women are seeking abortions in neighboring states. Just recently, abortion clinics in Oklahoma reported an influx of abortion-minded women. With the likely overturning of Roe v. Wade, many states will rampantly implement their own laws to be “Abortion-Safe Havens.”

The Truth About Abortion 

The truth is, there is nothing “safe” about an abortion. An abortion not only harms a child in the womb, inevitably ending his or her life, but the traumatic impact it leaves on a woman or even her partner and family is immeasurable. There is no place to live in the United States that can be deemed a “haven” so long as abortions exist. The most dangerous places to live in the U.S. can’t compare to a life being ended before its even given the chance to begin.  

At Save the Storks, our goal is not only to build Stork Buses, but we also aim to reshape the way people think about what it means to be pro-life. Ultimately, being pro-life means to be pro-LOVE, pro-WOMAN, and pro-SOLUTION. If we can protect a pre-born child’s life in the womb, if we can keep it from the danger of an abortion, we will do so with compassion and hope, and by empowering women to say yes to life.