Charlotte neighborhood makes '25 Most Dangerous in U.S.' list

Published: Oct. 5, 2010 at 2:40 AM EDT|Updated: Nov. 5, 2010 at 2:41 AM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - It's a dubious distinction at best. Finding out the area of the Queen City you live in is ranked on the list of the 25 most dangerous neighborhoods in America.

That's the case for 10 mile stretch in North Charlotte between N. Tryon and Graham Streets between Seaboard Street and Atando Avenue. It includes Tryon Hills and Lockwood communities just to name a few.

The area is ranked 11th, according to which analyzed data compiled by from the FBI to determine the lists.

Andrew Schiller, founder of the group, said the ranking refers to violent crime.

A lot of people think that if two places have 10 crimes, that the crime rate or crime risk is the same," said Schiller. "But if one of those has a hundred people living in it and one of those has 500 people living in it, the place with 500 people is five times more safe."

According to the list, those that live in that area for a year have a 1 in 9 chance of being a victim of a violent crime.

That came as a surprise to many in the area.

"It's gotten considerably better," Robert Russell who's only lived in the area for a couple of years. "There was some violence when I first moved in, but the neighborhood is starting to come together."

Another neighbor, Jacqueline Blair agrees. "Oh, wow," she said. "Somebody trying to put us on the map, right? Because that's ridiculous."

Still, according to the group's findings, people living there have a 1 in 9 chance of being a victim of violent crime. That's compared to a 1in 63 chance city-wide and a1 in 214 chance state-wide.

We contacted CMPD about the findings but they told us since their numbers didn't match up with the group's data, they couldn't comment on the ranking.

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