It may not surprise you that Oakland would be on this list. In fact, the reason it’s listed second is to show its violent impact on surrounding communities such as Emeryville.
Oakland is a city of just less than 500,000 people, and what is mesmerizing is that if you live in a city that big your chances of being a victim of violent crime is one in 50. That’s an overwhelming number for much of the country who live in areas where they may never see a violent crime in their lives, or for generations.
Oakland is currently the most dangerous city in California. However, the intensity differs throughout the city. East Oakland is by far the worst. However, hipsters are moving into other areas of Oakland as a revitalization project hitting the city. The question is, will hipsters and community gardens ever overcome a city more dangerous than Detroit or Chicago?