Monday, November 21, 2005

Gary, Indiana Still A Dangerous Place To Live

Gary, Indiana just can’t seem to shrug its bad reputation. The latest ranking of the safest and most dangerous cities is out again, and it ranks Gary the 9th most dangerous city in America right behind New Orleans.

The arrival of casino gambling in the city more than a decade ago has helped fill city coffers with much-needed revenues, but it has done little to ease crime and poverty in the city.

Newton, Massachusetts ranks as the safest city in the country, while Camden, New Jersey ranks as the most dangerous city. Detroit, St. Louis, Flint, Michigan, Richmond, Virginia, Baltimore, Atlanta, and Birmingham, Alabama rounded out the list of most dangerous cities.


Chris said...

The crime rates have dropped significantly in Gary and throughout Northwest Indiana as compared to the 1990s, according to a report in the Times ( on Sunday.

The paper examined the FBI uniform crime reports from 1993 to 2003 and found double-digit decreases in crime. Rape was down 48%, assault down 37%, robberies down 42%, burglaries down 31%, and murders down 17%.

The economy has improved significantly since the 1990s and has lead to a safer community.

Melbel said...

Thank you for posting this. I frequently think about investing in property in Gary and I should really think about it. Hopefully if more people do this, Gary can pull itself out of the rut. I occasionally blog about Gary but mostly about things that happen in Indiana as a whole.