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Safest Cities, Statistics Don’t Tell the Whole Story

When one thinks of the most crime-riddled city in the US, few would put St. Louis, Missouri even close to the top.  Still, the Associated Press is reporting that St. Louis is the most dangerous city in the US.  The report is based on a study issued by the FBI on crime in the US.  While true, St. Louis has the most reports of crime in the US, the FBI tells people accessing the study, “The data user is, therefore, cautioned against comparing statistical data of individual reporting units from cities, metropolitan areas, states, or colleges or universities solely on the basis of their population coverage or student enrollment.”  Seems like the FBI does not even think we should be using the stats for that purpose.  Interesting that the FBI shows so many reports in St. Louis but not much else can be gleened from it other than that.  You can read the AP story at this link, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5hjbTudvgLq379jbYawS7w_WOFUjA?docId=22c9981f4ca34807ba7ac8dc07726067

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