Posted on April 16, 2010

CNN Ranks Detroit among Most Dangerous Cities in World

George Hunter, Detroit News, April 15, 2010

Third-world countries have nothing on Detroit when it comes to crime, according to a list released this week by a national news organization.


New Orleans was the only other city in the United States to make the dubious list.

Lifelong Detroit resident Sherman Hayes, 79, was not surprised to hear that Detroit was considered among the most dangerous cities in the world.

“On just my street (Lakewood), the other day a man shot a 2-year-old girl during a dope deal; I saw the car zoom by the house,” he said. “Then, a few months ago, a father shot his son in the head over money. That happened just down the street.”


CNN’s list was based on things like internal stability and effectiveness of law enforcement, along with official crime statistics and media reports.

Here’s the list, which was presented by CNN in no particular order:

Baghdad, Iraq

Caracas, Venezuela


New Orleans

Juarez, Mexico

Karachi, Pakistan

Cape Town, South Africa

Moscow, Russia

Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo

Beirut, Lebanon