Across the country, violent crime increased last year for the first time in five years and the country's most dangerous cities haven't exactly reformed their ways.
Across the country, violent crime increased last year for the first time in five years and the country’s most dangerous cities haven’t exactly reformed their ways.
24/7 Wall Street used the FBI Uniform Crime Report to rank the most dangerous cities in America. Huffington Post points out that the list looks very similar to last year’s as all of the cities are still there, though some have changed places.
The biggest increase in violent crimes occurred in large cities, up by 3.7% over the previous year. The Northeast recorded the only decrease (just 0.6%) while violent crime rose by 3.3% in the West. Murders in the Northeast fell by 4.4%. Across the nation, violent crime was up just 1.2%.
Violent crimes, according to the FBI, include murder, nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.
Furthermore, property burglary decreased by 3.6%, but motor vehicle theft increased 1.3% and arson offenses decreased 1.2% nationwide.
5. Memphis, Tenn.
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Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,750.0
2012 murders: 133
Poverty rate: 27.2%
Percent of adults with high-school diploma: 83.4%
4. St. Louis, Mo.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,776.5
2012 murders: 113
Poverty rate: 27.0%
Percent of adults with high-school diploma: 83.9%
3. Oakland, Calif.
Copyright David Corby
Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,993.1
2012 murders: 126
Poverty rate: 21.0%
Percent of adults with high-school diploma: 79.9%
2. Detroit, Mich.
Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,122.6
2012 murders: 386
Poverty rate: 40.9%
Percent of adults with high-school diploma: 77.4%
1. Flint, Mich.
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Violent crimes per 100,000: 2,729.5
2012 murders: 63
Poverty rate: 40.6%
Percent of adults with high-school diploma: 82.9%