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Last June, we reported on the top worst states to raise Black children based on the Casey Foundation findings (2013-2014). This year, as of July 22, 2015 based on Forbes List of Poverty rates for children under the age of 17 and newly released information about the number of violent crimes against African American children, we have the 2014-2015 worst cities to raise Black children. Take a look…

10. Jackson, Mississippi — With 41 murders and 455 robberies per 100,000 people, Jackson is a high-crime city.

9. Orlando, Florida — This central Florida city’s crime rate is nearly four times as high as the national rate. In an effort to reduce violence, the police department has placed surveillance cameras around the city.

8. Atlanta, Georgia — Notice that the surrounding suburbs of Atlanta are not listed, just the city proper. That’s due to the fact of property crime has risen in this southern city: motor vehicle theft is 55 percent higher than the average and burglary is 38 percent higher.

7. Birmingham, Alabama — With high poverty rates (the median household income is less than $32,000) and a high number of violent crimes (1,517 per 100,000 residents), Birmingham makes many “most dangerous cities” lists. In addition to a high murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate, the city also has a high property crime rate.

6. Bridgeport, Connecticut — A surprise to some, but the biggest city in Connecticut has a problem with violence, particularly with youth ages 12-17, so the city has introduced a curfew in an attempt to end late-night violence.

5. New Orleans, LA – Surprisingly, the Big Easy made it on this list. We say surprisingly because even though New Orleans is home to the University that graduates more Black Doctors than anywhere in the world (Xavier University), the youth under age 17 are still struggling due to low education scores and the number of violent crimes in a small radius.

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