Crime, crime, and more crime is what Atlanta news coverage can seem like some weeks. This week has been no different with a man being shot at the Ford Factory Lofts on Ponce and a young boy being shot in the back as he slept in his South Fulton home on Thursday. So maybe to some it is no wonder that Atlanta ranks in the top 10 most dangerous cities in America.
I love our city so much and especially Southwest Atlanta and the Cascade area in which I live and work, that even though I know we have our share of crime it does not feel like a "dangerous" city.
Yet despite what I may feel, recent FBI data shows that Atlanta is in fact the 8th most dangerous city in America. You only have a more likely chance of being shot or harmed if you live in Flint, Detroit, St. Louis, Oakland, Memphis, Little Rock or Birmingham.
According to the FBI website, the study's definition of violent crime includes "murder and non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault." Business Insider's analysis of violent crime reports shows Atlanta averaged 1,433 violent crimes per 100,000 people last year.
The national average was 386.3 violent crimes per 100,000 people, which was a five-year low.