St. Louis is the most dangerous city in the country due to a surge in violence.The trend shows rise of violent crimes much faster in the Midwest than in the rest of nation.The city has long fared poorly in the rankings of the safest and most dangerous American cities compiled by Morgan Quitno Press. Violent crime surged nearly 20 percent in St. Louis from 2004 to last year, when the rate of such crimes rose most dramatically in the Midwest, according to FBI figures released in June.

The study looks at crime only within St. Louis city limits, with a population of about 330,000, Morgan said. It doesn’t take into account the suburbs in St. Louis County, which has roughly 980,000 residents.The FBI is working harder to form partnerships with police departments to launch programs like St. Louis’ Safe Streets task force, which focuses police efforts on problematic neighborhoods.

The bad news for St. Louis was good for Camden, New Jersey, which in 2005 was named the most dangerous city for the second year in a row.

The following is th elist of the safest cities in the US:

. Brick, New Jersey
2. Amherst, New York
3. Mission Viejo, California
4. Newton, Massachusetts
5. Troy, Michigan
6. Colonie, New York
7. Irvine, California
8. Cary, North Carolina
9. Greece, New York
10. Coral Springs, Florida

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