BY RACHEL SCHUMACHER
SPECIAL TO NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM
Each year, CQ Press ranks the most dangerous cities in America based on an in-depth analysis of FBI crime data. The 2014 list was recently released, and Camden, New Jersey came in at number one with the highest violent crime rate in the country. This may not come as a shock to local residents, as Camden has long been identified as the most dangerous city in state of New Jersey, but the new data has brought national attention to the severity of the problem.
Camden boasts a population of about 77,000, but from its appearance, you’d never guess that it had any residents at all. Rundown buildings line the streets. Homes have been abandoned, boarded up, and left to rot. Graffiti covers nearly every visible surface. The once-bustling metropolis now resembles a scene from a post-apocalyptic film, which begs the question: How did things get so bad? It turns out that several contributing factors played a part in turning Camden into the criminal underworld it is today.