Crime in America 2017: Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000
St. Louis, Missouri moved from #4 to #1 this year on Law Street's list of Dangerous Cities Over 200,000 after its violent crime rate rose by more than 8 percent. As violent crime increased nationally by nearly 4 percent, many cities in the top 10 saw substantial increases. Detroit is #2 on this year's list, moving down after three consecutive years at the top of the list due to an 11.5 percent decrease in its overall violent crime rate. Notably missing from this year's list is Cleveland, Ohio, which had ranked #8 on last year's list. The FBI did not provide information for Cleveland this year, and therefore the city cannot be ranked.
All statistics are based on 2015 data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. Check out the slideshow below for the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000.
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Despite a third consecutive year of declining violent crime, Detroit still ranks near the top of the list of Most Dangerous Cities over 200,000. The 2015 crime drop was quite significant, as the city saw its violent crime rate go down by 11.5 percent overall, even when factoring in the significant drop in population that occurred in Detroit. According to Census Bureau estimates used by the FBI, Detroit’s population dropped by about 11,500 people between 2014 and 2015. The murder rate in Detroit remained relatively stable at 44 murders per 100,000 people. The overall decrease in the violent crime rate was largely fueled by a dramatic drop in the number of aggravated assaults in Detroit. In total, there were roughly 1,600 fewer aggravated assaults last year than in 2014, a decrease of nearly 18 percent.
Violent Crime Rate: 1,760/100,000 people
Murder Rate: 44/100,000 people
Officer to Population Ratio: 1:299
Rank Last Year: #1
Research and analysis by Law Street’s Crime in America Team: Kevin Rizzo, Alexis Evans, and Anneliese Mahoney.
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FBI: Violent crime, population, murder, and officer statistics, measured January – December 2015.