New Orleans may have the highest murder rate for small metropolitan areas, but you can bet your ass that being in certain parts of Baltimore City (Md) or Washington DC will get you dead just as fast as being in New Orleans. All depends on where the fool in you strays to. I live in PA, but work in Baltimore. They don't call the Baltimore/D.C. area the "killing fields" for nothing. Like any other city in this fine nation of ours, you just got to know where you can go and where you shouldn't. A simple rule if you want to live. I enjoyed my stays in Naw'lins. Always stayed in the Quarter and refrained from going places where I was not wanted. Of course that was before the Katrina hit. I understand that some of the eateries that I really enjoyed may not be there anymore due to the high water. Sure hope they come back.