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St. Louis: No Longer the Most Dangerous City in U.S.

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By AP/KWMU

St. Louis, MO – St. Louis has given up its title of most dangerous city in the nation. The research firm Morgan Quitno Press makes the annual rankings based on stats from six crime categories.

In 2002, St. Louis ranked first, the most dangerous city in America. But this year's rankings, which were released Monday, put St. Louis in second place. Detroit, which held the distinction from 1999-2001, has regained the title.

Atlanta; Camden, NJ; and Washington, DC are the third, fourth, and fifth most dangerous.

Amherst, NY is ranked the safest city in the U.S. for the fourth straight year. Amherst is followed by Brick Township, NJ and two California cities, Mission Viejo and Simi Valley.

The rankings look at the rate for six crime categories: Murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and auto theft.

It compares 350 cities with populations of 75,000 or more, and is based on 2002 FBI crime statistics.

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