Where Are America’s Most Dangerous Neighborhoods?

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If you live in a big city and want to stay safe, you may want to steer clear of these places.

NeighborhoodScout, a consulting company that works in risk assessment and location-based analysis, has released a list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in the country. The rankings came about after analyzing the rates of violent crime per 1,000 people, with data provided by 17,000 law enforcement agencies across the country.

The top spot went to the Chicago neighborhood of West Lake Street, contained within the 60612 zip code. If you live in that area code, according to their statistics, you have a 1 in 4 chance of being the victim of a crime. Neighborhoods in Cleveland, Las Vegas and Atlanta also made the list.

It’s important to look at neighborhoods rather than cities, NeighborhoodScout founder Andrew Schiller told CNN, since dangerous cities can still have safe neighborhoods. Chicago, for instance, only ranks 48th out of the 100 most dangerous cities.

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