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St. Louis ranked in study as least-safe city in the U.S.

Study says St. Louis is the least-safe city in U.S.

A WalletHub study found St. Louis the least-safe city out of a list of 182 locations.
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A WalletHub study found St. Louis the least-safe city out of a list of 182 locations.

A nationwide study of 182 cities has ranked St. Louis as the least-safe city in the country, a shift from it’s second-place ranking last year.

WalletHub, a personal-finance website, looked at factors including number of mass shootings, murders, active firefighters per capita, drug poisoning deaths, earthquake and flood risk levels, unemployment, share of unbanked households and foreclosure rates in its assessment.

Columbia, Maryland; South Burlington, Vermont and Plano, Texas were considered the top three safest cities.

St. Louis was followed by Fort Lauderdale, Florida and San Bernandino, California for least-safe.

Source: WalletHub

The Gateway to the West also tied for first for most assaults per capita with Kansas City, Missouri, Little Rock, Arkansas, Memphis, Tennessee and Detroit, Michigan.

Detroit, a city often compared in unfavorable rankings with St. Louis, ranked 177 out of the 182 cities.

The chief of security for Metro and the MetroLink light rail and bus system knows the St. Louis region is a high crime area. He says local mass transit is safe, but can be safer.

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