Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Top 5 Angriest Cities in the US

Anger Class Online has spent a lot of time studying anger trends throughout the country. And now we've compiled a list of the top 5 angriest cities in the country. We came up with our numbers through a number of sources. First, we looked at violent crime statistics, a key indicator in populace anger, courtesy of the FBI Uniform Crime Reports. Then we looked at road range incidents, another key indicator. Finally we looked at's own sales statistics to see which areas were the biggest purchasers of anger management products are located. Here's what we came up with:

#5. Orlando, FL

Orlando is the home to the world famous "happiest place on earth" and many other popular tourist attractions including Universal Studios, Sea World, Gatorland, and many others. It is host to over 50 million visitors every year. And as a result it's unemployment rate is half the national average. So it shouldn't be a very angry place.

But the crime statistics speak otherwise. Not only does Orlando's violent crime rate 2.8 times the national average, but the aggravated assulat rate is 3.2 times the national average. Although not the highest road rage city in our study it is the highest road rage state. The next highest state being New York.

#4. Johnson, AR

Never heard of it? Another average city in the midwest? Quiet and rural? Maybe. But it's got one statistic going for it. Johnson is the #1 city for road rage in the U.S. So if you're passing through town, the best advice I can give you is drive defensively and no rude gestures to your fellow drivers.

#3. Los Angeles, CA

Another popular tourist destination and home to the entertainment industry. With all the glamour and sunshine, who could possibly be angry here? There is a dark side here. With the city being so spread out, it is the #1 most congested city in the U.S. (second only to San Francisco). With all that congestion, road rage is a real problem here. Los Angeles ranks as the #4 road rage city in the country. And Los Angeles does have its fare share of crime. The city's violent crime rate is 2.1 times the national average.

While L.A. is a wealthy city, the disparity between the "haves" and the "have nots" is extreme. The average house costs around half a million dollars making it one of the top ten least affordable cities in the country.

No wonder that Los Angeles is the "home" of anger management with the most anger management providers of any city in the country.

#2 St. Louis, MO

We all know St. Louis for its beautiful iconic St. Louis Gateway Arch which spans the Mississippi River. It is also home to such institutions as the St. Louis Cardinals and the Anheuser-Busch Brewery.

Unfortunately, it is also the top city in the country for violent crime, with crime 3.1 times the national average. And don't forget to lock you car, because it is 5.2 times more likely to get stolen than any other place in the country.

#1 Detroit, MI

The hub of auto industry, Detroit has ridden car manufactures rise in the 20th century and subsequent fall in the face of international competition. Economics probably have the most to do with making Detroit the angriest city in the country. Although not the top city for all violent crime, it's murder rate is over 5 times the national average. Plus the arson rate is a shocking 6.3 times the national average.

Type "Detroit anger" into google and you'll get over 432,000 results. Even the sports fans get involved. Remember the brawl between the NBA Pacers and the Pistons in 1994? Or the riots after the Detroit Tigers won the World Series in 1984? This is a city that needs better times.


Karma said...

Can't believe Orlando is number 5 in your review of angriest cities. Perhaps the residents are angry at all the tourists having so much fun? But the tourism must pay the wages of many of the residents?! For things to do in Orlando, you might like to check out my blog - who can be angry on a rollercoaster or visiting Mickey at the Magic Kingdom? I suppose the crowds might get you down...

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