Most Dangerous American Cities for Women15:06
Some cities are less safe for women to walk the streets alone.
Michigan is home to three of them.
According to FBI crime and rape statistics, of Saginaw is the most dangerous city for women in America.
The magazine reported the city, 90 miles north of Detroit, recorded 76 rapes per 100,000 people.
The city took issue with Forbes, saying its population was closer to 200,000, not 400,000, and actually reported half as many rapes.
Still, the mayor of Saginaw, Greg Branch, acknowledged to Mlive.com that violence toward women is a serious problem in the area.
The Michigan cities of Flint and Battle Creek also made the magazine’s top 10 list of places where women should consider carrying a can of Mace.
Alaska didn’t fare well either.
Anchorage has the highest violent crime rate in the state, and the second-highest reporting of rape in the country. The small city of Fairbanks came in at number three with 193 rapes per 100,000 residents.
Alaska’s Native American population — approximately 15% — may explain why the numbers are so high.
One in three Native or American Indian women will be raped or sexually assaulted in her lifetime — a rate 3.5 times higher than any other racial group, Scott Berkowitz, the president of the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, told Forbes.
Most Dangerous Cities for Women
1) Saginaw, Mich.
2) Anchorage, Alaska
3) Fairbanks, Alaska
4) Springfield, Ill.
5) Redding, Calif.
6) Flint, Mich.
7) Pine Bluff, Ark.
8) Lawton, Okla.
9) Battle Creek, Mich.
10) Memphis, Tenn.