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City Crime Rankings Once Again Names Amherst, New York

America’s Safest City

Detroit, Michigan Returns as Most Dangerous

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Lawrence, KS—Amherst, New York is on a winning streak. For the fourth consecutive year, the citizens of this upstate New York community can boast that they live in America’s Safest City. The honor will be announced in the new edition of City Crime Rankings, an annual reference book of crime statistics and rankings slated for publication in early December. The results of the tenth annual Safest City Award, which compares crime in 350 cities, were announced today by Morgan Quitno Press, a Lawrence, Kansas-based publishing and research company. At the opposite end of the crime scale, Detroit, Michigan returns to the spotlight as the nation’s most dangerous city.

“Amherst’s record speaks for itself, “said Scott Morgan, President of Morgan Quitno Press. With crime rates that are among the lowest in the nation, it is no wonder that this community shines year after year in our annual competition.”

The Morgan Quitno Safest City Award is based on a city’s rate for six basic crime categories: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. All cities of 75,000+ populations that reported crime data to the FBI for the six crime categories were included in the rankings. Final 2002 statistics, released by the FBI on October 27, 2003, were used to determine the rankings.

Joining Amherst at the top of the Safest City rankings were Brick Township, NJ; Mission Viejo, CA; Simi Valley, CA and Cary, NC.

At the opposite end of the Morgan Quitno crime scale, Detroit, Michigan returns as the nation’s most dangerous city. The Motor City anchored the crime rankings in 1999, 2000 and 2001 before it was ousted last year by St. Louis, Missouri. Detroit is joined at the bottom of the crime rankings by (in ascending order) St. Louis, MO; Atlanta, GA; Camden, NJ and Washington, DC.

In addition to ranking the safety of cities, Morgan Quitno Press also examined crime in metropolitan areas. In those rankings, Bangor, ME was this year’s Safest Metropolitan Area. The Pine Bluff, AR metropolitan area ranked as the most dangerous.

The findings of the tenth annual Safest City and Metropolitan Area Awards are announced in City Crime Rankings 10th Edition, an annual reference book from Morgan Quitno Press. The newly updated edition of this volume will be available December 8th. The Safest City and Metropolitan Area rankings are one of five Morgan Quitno Awards announced annually by the publishing company. These other annual announcements designate the nation’s Most Livable State (a state quality of life survey); the Healthiest State (a survey of state health care); the Safest and Most Dangerous States (a state crime survey) and the Smartest State (a state education survey).

Additional information regarding the results of the tenth annual Safest City and Metropolitan Area Awards is available from Morgan Quitno Press via the Internet at The website provides methodology and rankings of the top and bottom 25 cities. A full report featuring information for all 350 cities is available online for $3.00.