Compton Makes National Top 10 List Of Most-Dangerous Cities
Compton thug life, circa 1954.
Los Angeles, we're proud of you. While the city proper only made the top 162 in a ranking of the nation's most-violent municipalities, we knew the region would somehow represent. And that it did.
Compton made the top 10! Yay!
In fact Compton -- you know, the city they rap about -- made it to number 8 among the nation's most-violent-crime-plagued cities.
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Fortunately for greater L.A., it was the only area city in the top 10 (PDF).
But, as Robert DiNero said in Heat, "There is a flip side to that coin:"
And that flip side (PDF) lies in sometimes idyllic Orange County, our own bridge-and-tunnel community to the south. So stand up and take a bow ...
-Mission Viejo! (The fourth safest city in America).
-Lake Forest! (Number 7).
-And Irvine (the former champ comes in at number 10).
These three cities are for real, yo (when it comes to raising families in nice places).
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