The Most Dangerous Spring Break Spots in the U.S.

NEW YORK (MainStreet) — Who would have known that the place where you can visit Mickey Mouse, Harry Potter and the Hulk would be the most dangerous Spring Break destination in the U.S.?

A new study by Avvo, a legal-research organization, has found that Orlando tops the charts when it comes to the most dangerous Spring Break destinations in the country. Ten other popular Florida destinations were also part of the top 25 compiled by the group.

Orlando had the worst average across almost all of the categories Avvo looked at for its study, which include violent crime risk – including separate numbers for both murder and rape, fatal car crashes and the site’s own data on the concentration of doctors and lawyers in the area, as well as the number of criminal defense questions it receives in its online forum. The home of Disneyland registered double the amount of violent crime risk, and more than three times as many criminal defense questions received in its forum than any other Spring Break cities.

Daytona Beach ranks second in Avvo’s analysis with 41% more criminal defense questions asked than the average. The city is at least 21% worse than the average in all other categories.

Avvo researchers also looked at big news items related to the areas and found that in 2010, six rape cases were brought to light during Spring Break in Daytona, and the local paper even dubbed the city “Florida’s rape capital.”

Mark Britton, CEO and co-founder of Avvo, attributes the dubious honor of being a dangerous Spring Break spot in part to the heavy toll the economic downturn took on Florida. Researchers noticed that the company had received a lot of questions about criminal issues in Florida cities, especially Orlando, which began a broader search examining this trend. Orlando limited its analysis to the latest popular Spring Break destinations, as determined by travel publications.