An annual ranking of crime statistics shows that North Charleston is no longer ranked among the Top 10 most dangerous cities in the country.

The city fell from the 10th most dangerous city in 2007 to the 22nd most dangerous in 2008, according to the most recent report issued by Washington-based CQ Press.

Charleston is ranked 134th, Columbia is 111th. Greenville and Myrtle Beach are not on the list.

Camden, N.J., was ranked the No. 1 most dangerous city nationally, while Colonie, NY was ranked the safest.

The report is based on the FBI’s 2008 crime statistics report but uses a rating system that is routinely criticized by law enforcement agencies.

The American Society of Criminology once called the report “an irresponsible misuse” of crime data.

North Charleston Police Chief Jon Zumalt said last year that his main gripe with the rankings is they pit one burg against another while ignoring the progress each has made in addressing its individual crime problems.

Read more details in Tuesday’s editions of The Post and Courier.