NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- North Charleston found itself ranked seventh in the nation in a category no one wants to be in: most dangerous.
This city of 87,000 just north of historic Charleston was among large urban cities, such as Detroit, the nation's most dangerous city, St. Louis at number two, Flint, Michigan, at number three and Oakland, California, and Camden New Jersey rounding out the top five.
Birmingham, Alabama, at number six, was the South's most dangerous city, just ahead of North Charleston and Memphis, Tennessee.
Mission Viejo, California, was ranked the safest U.S. city, followed by Clarkstown, New York.
The rankings by a private research group are based on annual FBI crime statistics. But the study has drawn harsh criticism from the American Society of Criminology, calling it "an irresponsible misuse" of crime data.