Most Perilous Small Towns in America, Places to Avoid at All Costs

By Robert J. Matthews

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Behind the flawless veneer is a maximum-security federal prison, which raises crime rates over the national average. 

Thomson, Illinois

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Despite this challenge, the community shows a praiseworthy attitude and constant resolve to improve the town's image and safety. 

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With its stunning environment and nice residents, this attractive village reveals a less perfect reality.

Alexandria, Louisiana

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Alexandria has higher crime rates than the national average, despite its tranquil appearance.

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Cocoa appears lovely with its sandy beaches and palm palms, but its reality is less positive. Though peaceful, the village has a dark side.

Cocoa, Florida

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This rising crime rate often outpaces larger metropolitan centers.

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Pompano Beach, another Florida beach, with a golden shoreline and lush marine life. However, underneath the sunny facade lurks a less cheerful reality.

Pompano Beach, Florida

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Pompano Beach has a high crime rate despite its popularity. The town's beauty and danger create a complex environment of appeal and caution.

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