Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Ohio Home to 2 of Nation's 25 Worst Neighborhoods, Crime Study Shows

Ohio Home to 2 of Nation's 25 Worst Neighborhoods, Crime Study Shows

by John Michael Spinelli

June 23, 2009

COLUMBUS, OHIO: Both Buckeye cities have been perennial favorites to make the list of the nation's biggest poor cities, so it comes as no surprise that Cincinnati and Cleveland are listed on a crime survey as home to two of the nation's top 25 worst neighborhoods.

While the Cleveland neighborhood ranked 21st, a Cincinnati neighborhood took top honors, as measured by a study performed by Dr. Andrew Schiller at NeighborhoodScout.com, that relied on data from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies about eight crimes the FBI combines to produce its annual crime index.

For Cleveland, the chances of being a victim in the Cedar Ave./55th St. neighborhood are 1 in 9. The predicted annual violent crimes are 69, or a violent crime rate (per 1,000) of 113.67.

For Cincinnati, which lead other big cities like Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, Kansas City or Baltimore, the Central Parkway/liberty street neighborhood has a predicted annual violent crimes of 457, or a violent crime rate (per 1,000) of 266.94. Chances of being a victim here are 1 in 4.

Of the top 25, Chicago was home to 4 neighborhoods, with cities like Baltimore, Kansas City, Memphis and Dallas each boasting of two worst neighborhoods each.

According to information on the Web about Dr. Schiller, he is the Founder, President and Chairman of Location, Inc. and is responsible for inventing the methods and technology that power NeighborhoodScout .com. Schiller has designed similar studies and reports for various media outlets, including The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Money Magazine, Parade Magazine, Smart Money, The New York Times, and others.

As for FBI's crime index, information describing it said it it "seeks to overcome differences in individual state statues - that would ignore how the individual is charged - and create a standardized definition of crime classification."

Defining serious and non-serious offenses falls into two categories. Part I crimes are comprised of serious felonies and Part II crimes are comprised of non-serious felonies and misdemeanors. Together, the study methodology says, these two types of classifications make up the crimes reported in the Uniform Crime Reports.

These offenses include willful homicide, forcible rape, robbery, burglary, aggravated assault, larceny over $50, motor vehicle theft, and arson. In order to compare statistical information on a national basis the FBI came up with this common definition for crime comparison.

25 Most Dangerous Neighborhoods

25) Chicago, Ill. (Winchester, Ave./60th St.)
24) Chicago, Ill. (Wallace St./58th St.)
23) Detroit, Mich. (Mount Elliott St./Palmer Ave.)
22) Orlando, Fla. (East-West Expy/Orange Blossom Trl.)
21) Cleveland, Ohio (Cedar Ave./55th St.)
20) Baltimore, Md. (Orleans St./Front St.)
19) Chicago, Ill. (66th St./Yale Ave.)
18) New York, N.Y. (St. Nicholas Ave./125th St.)
17) Tampa, Fla. (Amelia Ave./Tampa St.)
16) Philadelphia, Pa. (Broad St./Dauphin St.)
15) Little Rock, Ark. (Roosevelt Rd./Bond St.)
14) St. Louis, Mo. (14th St./Dr. Martin Luther King Dr.)
13) Springfield, Ill. (Cook St./11th St.)
12) Dallas, Texas (2nd Ave./Hatcher St.)
11) Memphis, Tenn. (Bellevue Blvd./Lamar Ave.)
10) Richmond, Va. (Church Hill)
9) Dallas, Texas (Route 352/Scyene Rd.)
8) Kansas City, Mo. (Forest Ave./41st St.)
7) Memphis, Tenn. (Warford St./Mount Olive Rd.)
6) Kansas City, Mo. (Bales Ave./30th St.)
5) Baltimore, Md.(North Ave./Belair Rd.)
4) Jacksonville, Fla. (Beaver St./Broad St.)
3) Miami, Fla. (7th Ave./North River Dr.)
2) Chicago, Ill. (State St./Garfield Blvd.)
1) Cincinnati, Ohio (Central Pky./Liberty St.)

John Michael Spinelli is a Certified Economic Development Financing Professional, business and travel writer and former credentialed Ohio Statehouse political reporter. He is registered to lobby in Ohio and is the Director of Ohio Operations for Tubular Rail Inc. Spinelli on Assignment is syndicated by Newstex.com, can be followed on Twitter @OhioNewsBureau and available for subscription to Kindle owners. To send a news tip or make comment, email ohionewsbureau@gmail.com

1 comment:

Pone said...

What would be the best sources about finding the top 5 or 10 best and worst neigborhood in Cincinnati, Columbus and Cleveland?