When you think dangerous places, or cities more specifically, you picture a place like New York City.

But perhaps you should starting thinking of other places first, when it comes to towns or cities with high crime and violent crime rates.

Deciding to pick a place that has low crime rate is nothing new, as many people make that a determining factor on where to live for any extended period of time.

Here in New York State, there are plenty of places to choose from, but some cities do have a more dangerous crime rate than others.

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Based on recent FBI crime data, compiled by 24/7 Wall St., the top five most dangerous cities in the state does not include New York City. It's shocking thinking that the largest city in the country would not be in a top five list such as this, but it in fact, isn't

The criteria for the rankings were based on violent crime and property crime data; along with population, poverty rate and median household income for the respective city in the state.

What are the five most dangerous places in New York State? Here's the top five, and number one may be a bit surprising.

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