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17 Most Dangerous Cities in Tennessee

17 Most Dangerous Cities in Tennessee

What are the most dangerous cities in Tennessee? To get the lowdown on the cities in Tennessee that are the most dangerous with the highest crime rates, we consulted the most recent FBI Uniform Crime Report. Our rankings are based solely on the data publicly released each year by the FBI. A crime is a crime, so we took both violent and property crimes into account when compiling our list of Tennessee’s most dangerous cities.*

We realize that this topic is inherently controversial in nature and hits close to home. We are aware that there are many different ways to present this data, but when compiling this list we chose to consider not just murder rate, but both violent and property crimes. Check each city listing to get a general idea of the city’s ranking in terms of just violent criminal offenses. Only cities with violent crime rates over 7.0 were included.

1. Crossville, TN: Tennessee’s Most Dangerous City

Dangerous Cities in Tennessee: Crossville, TN

Population: 10,993
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 14.83 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 101.79 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 116.62 per 1,000 residents

Crossville has a crime rate of about 117 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Crossville? One in 9.

Crossville’s ranking when considering only violent crimes? #2

These statistics make Crossville the most dangerous city in Tennessee.

2. Athens, TN

Dangerous Cities in Tennessee: Athens, TN

Population: 13,632
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 12.47 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 86.41 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 98.88 per 1,000 residents

Athens has a crime rate of about 99 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Athens? One in 10.

Athens’ ranking when considering only violent crimes? #4

3. Memphis, TN

Dangerous Cities in Tennessee: Memphis, TN

Population: 657,436
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 17.50 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 63.13 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 80.63 per 1,000 residents

Memphis has a crime rate of about 81 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Memphis? One in 12.

Memphis’ ranking when considering only violent crimes? #1

4. Dyersburg, TN

Dangerous Cities in Tennessee: Dyersburg, TN

Population: 17,223
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 10.68 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 66.77 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 77.45 per 1,000 residents

Dyersburg has a crime rate of about 77 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Dyersburg? One in 13.

Dyersburg’s ranking when considering only violent crimes? #7

5. Knoxville, TN

Dangerous Cities in Tennessee: Knoxville, TN

Population: 182,254
Annual Crimes Per 1,000 Residents
Violent Crimes: 9.73 per 1,000 residents
Property Crimes: 66.77 per 1,000 residents
Total Reported Crimes: 76.50 per 1,000 residents

Knoxville has a crime rate of about 77 per one thousand residents.

Your chance of becoming a victim of a crime in Knoxville? One in 13.

Knoxville’s ranking when considering only violent crimes? #9 (correction)

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