Tallahassee’s ‘dangerous’ ranking disputed by sheriff

Oct 6, 2011

The following article was published in the South Florida Sun-Sentinel on October 6, 2011:

Tallahassee’s “dangerous” ranking disputed by the sheriff

Forbes Magazine says Florida’s capital is the eighth most dangerous city in the nation.

Leon County Sheriff Larry Campbell says no way.


The sheriff on Wednesday told The Tallahassee Democrat newspaper that the city’s ranking was due to an improper use of crime statistics.

It was based on FBI figures not just for the city but surrounding area in the Tallahassee metropolitan statistical area.

Forbes cites a high poverty rate and Tallahassee’s proximity to Interstate 10, which makes it attractive for drug runners.

Detroit tops the list followed by Memphis, Tenn.; Springfield, Ill.; Flint, Mich.; Anchorage, Alaska; Lubbock, Tex.; Stockton, Calif., and then Tallahassee.

Las Vegas and Rockford, Ill., round out the top ten.