Check out these notorious cities in Alabama that tourists should be looking out for.
Risky Cities In Alabama
According to a published article by the Southwest Journal, Anniston has a population of around 22,400 and is considered one of the most dangerous cities in Alabama. Its violent crime rate is 2,992 per 100,000 people, significantly higher than the national average.
Fairfield is another one of the most dangerous cities in Alabama. It has a population of under 11,000 and a crime rate that is 219% higher than the state average and 308% higher than the national average.
Bessemer is also among the most unsafe cities in Alabama, with a population of about 26,800, is known for its natural resources but is also the sixth most dangerous place to live in the state.
Birmingham is another one of the most notorious cities in Alabama, with a population of over 212,000, is the most populous city in the state. It has a high murder rate and certain areas, like downtown, Ensley, and Norwood, are known for gang violence and should be avoided if possible.
Prichard is also one of the cities in Alabama deemed dangerous, with a population of approximately 22,300, it has a crime rate that is 2.1 times the national average.
Selma, Alabama, with a population of 19,500, also experiences a high crime rate, particularly related to drugs and gang violence. However, there has been a 5% decrease in crime, making Selma marginally safer than other cities in Alabama.
In a published article by WSFA, Alabama landowners affected by the invasive weed called Cogongrass can apply for financial relief for a third year. The Alabama Forestry Commission has opened an application period from February 20 to March 29, or until 150 applicants have been reached.
Cogongrass, which originated from Asia, Australia, and South Africa, poses a significant threat to native ecosystems and requires continuous and expensive eradication efforts. The Cogongrass Mitigation Program aims to reduce infested acres, eliminate damage to ecosystems, improve productivity on affected sites, and prevent the spread of the weed to new areas.