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California is the most populous state in the country and one of the largest. [See: 15 Most 'Outdoorsy' U.S. States] There are many dangerous cities but Los Angeles is not at the top. Mathematically, Oakland, where 409,994 people live, is the most dangerous, one with 6,910 violent crimes reported in 2014. Compton is close with 1,129 crimes but 98,224 local residents. L.A. had 19,171 offenses, but compared to a population of 3.9 million.