NIAGARA FALLS —
A company that specializes in the analysis of crime, education and real estate data has ranked the city of Niagara Falls as the 51st "most dangerous" city in America.
The website, Neighborhoodscout.com, run by the Massachusetts-based geographic research company, Location, Inc., based its findings on a review of 2010 crime statistics from the FBI.
The ranking focused solely on the rate of violent crimes, including offenses like forcible rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, aggravated assault and assault with a deadly weapon. The list excluded communities with populations below 25,000.
According to the company's analysis, the chance of becoming a victim of violent crime in Niagara Falls is one in 82, compared with one in 255 statewide, including New York City.
Niagara Falls ranked lower than neighboring Buffalo, which came in at No. 35 on the list. The chances of becoming a victim of violent crime in Buffalo was one in 72.
The most dangerous city in the country, according to the website, was East Saint Louis, Ill. where the chances of being victimized by a violent crime in 2010 were one in 16.
The crime data analyzed by NeighborhoodScout come from uniform crime reports collected by the FBI from 17,000 local law enforcement agencies, including those in Niagara County. Dr. Andrew Schiller, CEO and founder of Location, Inc., said his company's "most dangerous" list was based on the most recent final, non-preliminary data available, which is from the year 2010.
"This list is looked at primarily by consumers — people who are interested in safety but also are prospective home buyers and owners," Schiller said. "In some cases, it's also looked at by people who are in business or industry."
Niagara Falls Police Superintendent John Chella said he looked at the violent crime statistics used to compile the "most dangerous" cities list and found them to be "dead on" for 2010.