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Anyone who knows me knows that one thing I’ve always been lacking in life is legitimate street cred. I know this may shock readers who had a higher opinion of me, but surprisingly being a short white guy from the burbs really hasn’t done my rep any favors on the streets.
That’s why I was thrilled to learn this morning that I survived five years in the most dangerous place to live in my state, making me instantly tough as hell.
From Houston Chronicle:
Using data from the latest FBI crime report, FindTheHome ranked the most dangerous city in every state.
Proof is in the pudding, as my college town of Odessa is the lucky winner for most dangerous place in Texas. Guess I’m not so soft after all.
Violent crimes per 100K people: 1,035.4
Number of violent crimes reported: 1,228
Yeah, your boy was out there grinding for five years of college in the wild west of Odessa. I want to take the chance to let y’all know that this doesn’t change me, and you don’t have to be scared when approaching me in public just because you know what I’ve been through. I’m not some violent criminal like this list might paint me as.
Now I didn’t witness any of this crime myself, although I did see someone brandish a gun at a strip club during my freshman year (shoutout Jaguars Gold Club, much love). Actually I was under the impression I spent my college years in a thriving oil boom town. But stats don’t lie, and for Odessa to be up there with some of the dangerous legends like Oakland and Little Rock, I can’t help but shed a tear of pride for how big my college town has become. Momma, we made it.
Check the list, because you may find out you were living a dangerous life too. .
[via Houston Chronicle]
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