Ask Dangerous Lee – Why is Detroit so violent?


Q: Most of my immediate family lives in Houston, and I was talking about how most serial killers come from or pass thru Texas at some point in their careers and my sis pointed out the Detroit has a higher crime rate than Houston. I was unaware so I checked a few stats and not only is Detroit in the top five most violent cities in the U.S. (Houston isn’t even in the top ten), but Flint is right behind Detroit. What do you think about this and why do you think this is happening in your home town? I was really surprised.

Nykos’s Auntie, Houston, TX

A: What do I think about it? It saddens me. Why do I think this is happening? That’s a loaded question that I cannot completely answer. I have no idea why Flint is close to the top of the list of most violent cities, but I’m sure this list is based on population and neither Flint or Detroit has the population of Houston.

On the other hand there are many violent crimes taking place in Flint, but there are also many positive and non violent events happening in Flint. Don’t judge a city by its crime rate. Come visit us and I’m sure you will get home alive.

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