by Chet Hardin
CQ Press has released its annual City Crime Rankings report. For what it's worth, cities here in Colorado fare pretty well. The most dangerous city in the state, according to the list, is Pueblo, which ranks 112th nationwide. Not too shabby.
Colorado Springs comes in fourth in the state, and 175th in the country, which is like no crime, right?
The Huffington Post put together a slideshow of Colorado cities that made the list, and also pointed to an NPR story that calls into question that validity and usefulness of the report.
This year, St. Louis, MO, takes the top spot, followed by Camden, NJ (last year's #1) and then at 3 and 4 and Detroit and Flint, MI. At the bottom, the safest city in America is Colonie, NY. Also in the safe end of the pool are O"Fallon, MO and Ramapo, NY. I'm sure it says nothing great about me that I've actually never even heard of those cities.
But you do have to question the report, which is getting headlines all over, when they rank New York City as less dangerous than both Portland, OR and Santa Monica, CA.
I asked a friend of mine who happens to be a business owner in Colonie what it feels like to work in the safest city in America. He wasn't convinced. In Colonie, he says, "They just don't report the crime."