The Pine Bluff area was ranked No. 7 on a list of "Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for Women" by a Forbes magazine study published online Thursday.

The Pine Bluff area was ranked No. 7 on a list of “Most Dangerous U.S. Cities for Women” by a Forbes magazine study published online Thursday.

According to the article, the study was based on annual data on violent crimes and sexual assaults against women from the FBI Uniform Crime Report compared to population data for each of the country’s metropolitan statistical areas.

The Pine Bluff Metropolitan Statistical area includes Jefferson, Lincoln and Cleveland counties. According to the study, the MSA has a population of 107,341. The study found there were 793 violent crimes against women per 100,000 people; and 56 rapes per 100,000 people.

The study took into account violent crimes, including murder, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault. The FBI numbers do not include instances of date rape, statutory rape and other types of sexual assault.

Also appearing on the list were Memphis, Tenn., at No. 10; Battle Creek, Mich., at No. 9; Lawton, Okla., at No. 8; Flint, Mich., at No. 6; Redding, Calif., at No. 5; Springfield, Ill., at No. 4; Fairbanks, Alaska, at No. 3; and Anchorage, Alaska, at No. 2.

Saginaw, Mich., at the No. 1. slot, had 870 violent crimes per 100,000 people and 76 rapes per 100,000.

The article may be read at http://www.forbes.com/sites/meghancasserly/2012/04/26/most-dangerous-us-cities-women-anchorage-fairbanks-flint/