Does Memphis have two of the most dangerous neighborhoods in America?
According to real estate research website NeighborhoodScout.com, the Bluff City does. The website ranked two areas in South Memphis on its list of the nation's most dangerous neighborhoods.
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The group says people who live in the two neighborhoods are more likely to become crime victims. Residents in the two neighborhoods say they're dealing with crime, but they don't think their situation is any worse than any other part of the city.
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A new report on crime says the South Memphis neighborhood near Crump and South Fourth Street is the 12th most dangerous neighborhood in America.
Travel east on Crump Boulevard and you'll find the St. Paul Historic District. The neighborhood around the intersection of St. Paul Avenue and Walnut Street ranked 23rd on the list.
Residents in both neighborhoods don't see it.
"Everywhere you look is dangerous now," said Hattie Winfield, who has lived in the Crump and South Fourth since 1972. "I mean there is danger. You just have to be watchful, prayerful and trust you make it until the next day. That's all I can say."
NeighborhoodScout.com ranked the nation's 25 most dangerous neighborhoods using data collected by the FBI from police departments around the country. The website doesn't disclose exactly how its researchers crunched the numbers, but they found this area had a violent crime rate of 82.91 for every 1,000 people.
The website says if you live here there's a one in 12 you'll become a victim.
Drive through the neighborhood and you'll see blight and abandoned homes mixed in with houses with families living in them.
"As far as living here, being here in this actual on this ground on this soil, it's not bad at all. I mean it's not rough," said Corey Woods.
Travel east on Crump Boulevard and you'll find the St. Paul Historic District. If you live here the researchers say you have a one in 15 chance of becoming a victim of a crime.
"People look out for each other, you know?," said Timothy Garder, who has lived in the St. Paul Avenue neighborhood his entire life. He doesn't think the numbers add up.
"It's like, you know, family 'cause anybody grown up together and you know, all the people, you know who gun with your mom and everybody just look out for each other," he added.
Memphis wasn't the only Mid-South city to land on this list. The West Memphis, Ark., neighborhood around East Broadway and Stuart Avenue was ranked 21st in the nation with a crime rate of 68.9 percent.
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