It turns out I live in the 9th most dangerous city in the US. Yes people, you read that right, out of all the cities in this huge country the one we’ve set up camp in is the 9th most dangerous. Scary? In the words of Kevin McAllister in Home Alone ‘I don’t think so!’
This is the result of a survey, come from FBI data that is analyzed by Law Street – it takes into account cities with more than 200, 000 residents, a report was then published in the Huffington Post a couple of weeks ago. The data looks at the number of murders, rapes and aggrevated assaults that took place in the first half of 2013 and compares the figures to those from 2012.
On that basis, here is the Top 10:
1. Detroit, Michigan
2. Oakland, California
3. St. Louis, Missouri
4. Memphis, Tennessee
5. Stockton, California
6. Birmingham, Alabama
7. Baltimore, Maryland
8. Cleveland, Ohio
9. Atlanta, Georgia
10. Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Now, the US is a huge place as we all know, so for Atlanta to come 9th in this list must mean it has some high numbers on that survey, and if you listen to the news you’d think we live in the worst city in the world! Every single news cast involves some sort of murder, shooting, robbery or other act of violence. It’s enough to scare you away for good!
But, does this bother these little expats that have set up camp here. Nope. And why? Well, for a start you can’t live your life in fear, if you did you would never leave the house! And that is not what 2 expats in a new country are supposed to do! We’re here to explore, and explore we will!
Have we ever experienced or witness any of this crime? Well, the German was robbed once but that was technically his own fault for leaving his bag unattended at soccer! Apart from that though, nope. (And touch wood we never will be! I hope you’re all touching some wood now!!) You notice a pattern on the news about where these things happen (usually in the south of Atlanta) therefore we stay away from those places! No brainer right?!
I suppose what I am trying to say here is don’t believe everything you read! Atlanta is a huge city, crime is bound to take place, just like it does everywhere. Branding it the 9th dangerous city in the US would have people believe it is not a safe place to be, but it is! It’s certain areas that are worse than others, as in every town and city in the world!
I for one love this city and would never dissuade people from coming here! So in your face Dangerous Cities in the US survey!!