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Pine Bluff, Arkansas: America’s Most Dangerous Little Town

Pine Bluff Violent City

Pine Bluff, Arkansas is the most dangerous town in America despite its rather small population of 49,000 people and its disconnect from major cities.

While the town houses only 49,000 residents, the economic downturn and rising gang activity led to 18 murders in Pine Bluff through all of 2012. Eighteen murders with a population of 49,000 is seven times the national average per capita.

2013 isn’t shaping up to be any better. Two people have already been killed in the town, placing it in second place behind Detroit, Michigan, a city with a population of 1.8 million people.

Speaking to The Independent, Police Chief Jeff Hubank proclaimed:

“To have 18 homicides is just an outrageous number for a town this size.”

Hubank further notes:

“The reality is, the little old white lady with the kitten on her lap is perfectly safe in this town. But if you are slinging dope on the east side, you are looking to pay with your life.”

Pine Bluff only recently fell into complete disarray after surviving the great flood of 1927, the Great Depression, and racial tensions in the 1960s.

Violence has become so pronounced in Pine Bluff that 16,000 people have fled the town over the last 30 years. The town’s schools have also fallen well behind, and much of the city’s infrastructure has not been upgraded or looked after properly in years.

In one case, a police officer had a gun held to his head during a gas station robbery. The officer managed to shoot and kill the robber but not before he was shot in his bullet proof vest.

Pine Bluff has become so dangerous that some police officers moved to the town in the hopes of winning an uphill battle against the rise in gangland activity.

To put Pine Bluff’s high crime rate into perspective, here is a list of American’s most dangerous cities and towns as ranked by the CQ Press:

1. Detroit-Livonia-Dearborn, Michigan

2. Pine Bluff, Arkansas

3. Flint, Michigan

4. Memphis, Tennessee/Mississippi/Arkansas

5. Stockton, California

6. New Orleans, Louisiana

7. Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

8. Little Rock, Arkansas

9. Mobile, Alabama

10. Jackson, Tennessee

Here is a map that shows Pine Bluff’s location in comparison to Little Rock, Arkansas:

Pine Bluff Map Comparison

Are you surprised to learn that Pine Bluff is one of America’s most deadly cities?

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36 Responses to “Pine Bluff, Arkansas: America’s Most Dangerous Little Town”

  1. Sarah Meek

    Not one bit surprised….lived there till I was 21 then got the hell out as fast as I could. Moved back there for a year during 2009 and to no surprise of course it was worse than before…i was quick to get out of there again and I have not lived there since. I visit family when I can but I refuse to live there again……

  2. Wayne James

    Just think next year we maybe #1.come on down.we need help.pull your pants down to your knees and walk around.don't look for a job.if you need something take it.that's like in pine bluff.

  3. Belino Jim

    With a population that is 75% black it's amazing the city is number one.

  4. Belino Jim

    What I meant to say is that considering the city has a population that is 75% black (according to the census) I'm amazed its not the crime capital of the entire country. The 21% that up make up the white population is probably 7% whigger and 5% white trash leaving the other 13% as the police force and street department.

  5. Natasha Socialbutterfly Thompson

    why the lil old white lady… why did race have to be a description why not the lil old lady…

  6. Natasha Socialbutterfly Thompson

    Not understand why the police chief chose to say that…

  7. Jenni Kirkeby

    I just read it– that's a really good story. Glad to see it from another perspective. I've grown up in Maumelle, which is right outside of LR and I never knew how dangerous these cities were. I think a lot of it has to do with racist cops, drugs, and racial tension in general.

  8. Monica Nelson

    To me we really don't have what u call random killings they normally get who they are after

  9. Natasha Socialbutterfly Thompson

    monica that is true too…even tho im not condoning taking someones life but that is true

  10. Natasha Socialbutterfly Thompson

    monica that is true too…even tho im not condoning taking someones life but that is true

  11. Natasha Socialbutterfly Thompson

    yes jenni regardless any race or age should feel comfortable and safe….

  12. Sandra G. Jackson

    All this attention is being focused on how bad the crime rate is in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, let's see if our government will spend any money on creating a safer environment. Money was given to Chicago, New York, and several other cities that had a high crime rating. Why not Pine Bluff AR.?

  13. Tiffany Simmons

    Stop Complaining and do something about it..Its so easy to point a finger..How many of these young ladies or men have y'all mentored.Took the time out of your life to make a different..Nevertheless Pine Bluff is surrounded by more penitentiary then any town in Arkansas..So if We dont stand up the streets will.Loveing My city

  14. Harold Sullivan

    I really love PB. It's my moms hometown and I've visited there frewuently. As a Detroit resident, I can sympathize w/ the problems confronting the city. I'm praying things get better.

  15. Charles Shepherd

    98 thousand people die from preventable medical errors every year according to the articles on this page about Pine Bluff being the most dangerous city in America. Pine Bluff is prime time America. All crime is preventable if you speak to the spirit of the matter. The real crime is ignoring that nature takes place everywhere humans reside. Every person is a city unto himself.

  16. Felisha Pace

    I GREW UP IN PINE BLUFF, I MOVED AWAY IN 1995, NOT BECAUSE OF VIOLENCE EVEN THOUGH IT TRULY EXISITED BECAUSE IT'S EVERYWHERE. I HAVE FAMILY MEMBERS THERE WHO KEEP ME WELL INFORMED ABOUT HOW VIOLENT THIS TOWN HAS GOTTEN AND IT'S REALLY SAD BECAUSE TRUTH BE TOLD I LOVE PINE BLUFF AND REALLY WOULD LOVE TO COME BACK HOME TO LIVE…. ECONOMICALLY… I KNOW THATS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, BUT I WILL SAY THIS AND I HOPE IT DOSEN'T CAUSE A FUSS… GOD IS NOT PLEASED WITH VIOLENCE NO MATTER WHERE IT'S HAPPENING OR ON WHAT LEVEL. JUST LIKE YOU AND I, WE CAN ONLY PUT UP WITH WRONG FOR A CERTAIN PERIOD OF TIME BEFORE WE MUST TAKE ACTION. PLEASE DON'T GET ME WRONG,GOD WOULD NEVER HURT ANYONE, BUT BECAUSE PEOPLE WANT TO DO THINGS THEIR WAY NO BOUNDARIES, DON'T CARE WHO THEY HURT, YOUNG OR OLD EVEN THE 'LITTLE OLD WHITE LADY" WITH HER KITTEN IN HER LAP HE WILL ALLOW THE DESTRUCTION THAT WE BRING UPON OURSELVES TO TAKE PLACE ………. IF MY PEOPLE, WHO ARE CALLED BY MY NAME WILL HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY AND SEEK MY FACE AND TURN FROM THEIR WICKED WAYS, THEN I WILL HEAR FROM HEAVEN, AND I WILL FORGIVE THEIR SIN AND WILL HEAL THEIR LAND… 2 CHRONICLES 7:14 THIS IS MY PRAYER FOR THE WORLD NOT JUST PINE BLUFF…. GOD BE WITH AND BLESS US ALL.

  17. Leslie Gail Holland

    I've lived in Pine Bluff almost my whole life. It's just like any other place…..you have to know what part of town to stay away from and stay away from it, especially at night. I am hoping to move away from here though, but for other reasons, not due to the crime.

  18. Brandi Wright

    You can't really stay outta the bad parts of pine bluff bc walmart and all the stores you need to get everything at one place is in the bad area . My fiancé got assaulted in walmart for just taking to long in line which we were buying a phone so that does take awhile . I think if ppl would raise their kids right maybe the crime rate would go down. I have notice over the years as little kids get older the crime rate has gone up.

  19. Robert Kresko

    My mother grew up in it's east side. Visiting there as a child from St. Louis back in the 60's and early 70's I remember that you could have left your doors unlocked and been safe. Now I won't even go see my grandparents' old house on Pennsylvania Street for fear of what it probably looks like. I still visit about twice a year. The town holds great memories for me even though I didn't grow up there. Now almost the entire town is like a bad section of St. Louis. Sissy's Log Cabin is still there. Great store. Good railroad museum too.

  20. Jennifer Seymore Dunton

    Natasha Socialbutterfly Thompson, that was the first thing I noticed too. What does race have to do with it? It shouldn't matter what race you are, everyone should be safe.

  21. Jennifer Grey DeWitt

    I wish I could agree with you 100%. Sadly its for the best if the truth is pulled out into the light of day. Generally black people arent as safe as the "lil old white lady", the neighborhoods where black people are the majority population are more prone to crime and drugs. Black people have been effected more by the forclosure crisis than anyone else. Black boys are more often on the school to prision pipeline than anyone else. Race just is in it. Something needs to be done about it. The lil old black lady needs to be as safe as the "lil old white lady" and she needs to be just as likely to NOT loose her home. I think the writer is just pointing out the truth, the sad truth, the truth that needs to be changed. As a lovely young black lady I know it must be hard for you to hear it and be reminded of the inequality that still exist. For that I am truly sad. Yet until we pull it out of the closet and talk about it openly and give it some air it will never change.

  22. Oneika Michelle

    Pine Bluff is dangerous! I was born and raised there. I have been living in Washington, DC now for about 15 years and feel safer here. When I visit, I feel like I am going to get killed.