Merced makes top 100 list for most dangerous cities in nation

By Sun-Star staffJanuary 6, 2014 

A recently released real estate report lists Merced as one of the 100 most dangerous places to live in the United States.

Based on 2012 violent crime statistics, NeighborhoodScout released a report last month listing Merced as the 88th most dangerous city in the nation, making it more perilous than Houston, Knoxville, Tenn., and Cincinnati, among others.

The real estate information group gathers data on cities with more than 25,000 residents and calculates the number of violent crimes per 100,000 residents, based on FBI statistical reports, according to the group’s website.

Ten California cities made the list, nine of them ranked more dangerous than Merced.

Oakland topped the California cities, coming in at number nine, followed by Stockton at 19 and Compton at 47.

Antioch, San Bernardino, Richmond, Atascadero, East Palo Alto and Desert Hot Springs were also included in the hot-100 ranking.

Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco and Sacramento did not make the cut.

East Saint Louis was reported as the most dangerous city in the United States for the third consecutive year.

News of Merced’s national status comes on the heels of the bloodiest year in Merced County in more than two decades with 29 homicides reported countywide.

In contrast to county violence,the city of Merced reported just five homicides in 2013, one of the city’s lowest annual totals in recent memory.

The city is off to a rough start in 2014 with its first homicide reported just hours into the new year.

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