Two New England cities have officially made a list, and not the good kind.

Two cities in New England were included in the top 100 "Most Dangerous Cities" in America last year.

The list comes from a Neighborhood Scout article, based on the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents. "Violent crimes include rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault," according to the article. "The data used for this research are the number of violent crimes reported to have occurred in each city, and the population of each city."

Many of the dangerous cities on the list for 2023 have appeared there before, including the two in New England.

Let's start with the #1 most dangerous city in America: Bessemer, Alabama. Out of 1,000 residents, the crime rate is 33.1. Your chance of being a victim in Bessemer is one in 30.

So let's chat about New England. Ranking in at #87 was Holyoke, Massachusetts.

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Holyoke has a violent crime rate of 9.6. Your chance of being a victim in Holyoke is one in 103.

Holyoke is 11 miles north of the third largest city in Massachusetts and the fourth largest in all of New England, Springfield.

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It should come as no surprise that Springfield, Massachusetts, is the second city that made the list of America's Most Dangerous Cities for 2023. The city ranked at #99.

Springfield's violent crime rate of 9.3. Your chance of being a victim in Springfield is one in 106. But Springfield and surrounding areas like Holyoke have come a long way.

Just three years ago, Springfield ranked 69 (as compared to 99 in 2023).

Springfield is commonly known as the “City of Firsts”, which is,

...a moniker earned through a history of innovation, including America’s first Armory and military arsenal and the first American-made automobile. Springfield may be best known for two other innovations - the birthplace of basketball and of Theodor Geisel, better known as 'Dr. Seuss'. – Springfield Gov.

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Click these links to learn more positives about Springfield and Holyoke, and how they are contributing positively to Massachusetts and New England as a whole.

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