October 5th, 2010
08:37 PM ET

Part of Chicago tops list of dangerous neighborhoods

The neighborhood contained within Chicago's 60612 zip code topped a list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the United States, according to an analysis released this week.

Compiled by NeighborhoodScout, a consulting company that specializes in location-based analysis and risk assessment, the rankings are based on rates of violent crime per 1,000 people gathered from 17,000 law enforcement agencies nationwide, from municipal police to university and transit patrols.

Resident of Chicago's West Lake Street neighborhood stand a 1 in 4 chance of being a victim of crime, and the violent crime rate is 257.72 per 1,000, according to the study.

Other standout figures came from Atlanta - home of CNN and Turner Broadcasting - which has four neighborhoods on the list, more than any other city.

Two neighborhoods in Las Vegas, Nevada, also came in third and fourth on the list.

The study chose to look at data by neighborhoods instead of cities because cities with high crime rates can still have safe neighborhoods, said Andrew Schiller, founder of NeighborhoodScout.

For example, he points out that the city of Chicago ranks 48th out of 100 on an upcoming list of most dangerous cities in the United States, despite its standing in this study.

"To have a considerably dangerous neighborhood or two or three and then have the city overall be 48th suggests considerable social fragmentation, where pockets of high crime exist where other areas aren’t as affected," he said.

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  1. Jim Brieske

    In other words, I think you were a gangmember T-2000. It's the only way a person can get shot more than once and you didn't mention having 5 purple hearts.
    If you've been shot; then, who have you shot? I do have the strongest advice you will ever get from someone.
    Don't ever involve yourself with my question to another person again.
    jim

    October 6, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Alonzo Harry

    My man Jim! This is T-2000 but right now u done made me bring out my crazy side. I didnt know that u was on that stuff, that pcp, Ashy Larry. Dude u seriously gotta be on something 2 come @ me like that. Be cool man, u dont want none of this.

    October 6, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Alonzo Harris

    My man Jim! This is T-2000 but right now u done made me bring out my crazy side. I didnt know that u was on that stuff, that pcp, that Ashy Larry. Dude u seriously gotta be on something 2 come @ Me like that. Be cool man, u dont want none of this.

    October 6, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Alonzo Harris

    We need more police.

    October 7, 2010 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  5. mkmChicago

    The problem with this list is the definition of "neighborhood". I'm a lifelong Chicago resident, and can say without equivocation the collection of city blocks used in this study are nowhere near the accepted definition of a Chicago neighborhood. Cherry-picking a select set of blocks to define them as most dangerous is bad science. And the use of past crime to predict how dangerous a set of city blocks is going to be in the future is simply silly. I recall seeing this list last year and guess what ? None of the so-called "neighborhoods" from last year are on it this year. I'm calling BS on the entire list.

    October 7, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
  6. day

    Some of these people on here have no sense of what they are talking about. I have been all over this country , 5 to 6 times over.This is not about black or white i have been to flint Michigan where it's more white than black and there was #1 for years . They be going at it on a daily basis i am from brooklyn ny .People dont have JOBS so some will do what they have to legal or other wise ....

    October 10, 2010 at 12:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. camel

    i lol'ed but true, and why cant they just say you have over a 25% chance of being a victim of crime. Apparently obama didnt fare too well in his old state

    October 6, 2010 at 4:43 am | Report abuse |
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