Crime in America 2016: Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000

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Detroit is the most dangerous city with a population over 200,000 for a third year in a row. Although Detroit remains at the top of the list, its violent crime decreased by about 4 percent. Indianapolis, Indiana also makes its first appearance on the list this year at number 10. All statistics are based on 2014 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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Stockton, CA: Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000 in 2016

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After a crime decrease in 2013 left Stockton, California off the list of Most Dangerous Cities, the city returned to the top 10 this year after a 10 percent increase in its violent crime rate. The change is largely due to an increase in reported aggravated assaults, which went from 2,411 in 2013 to 2,707 in 2014–an increase of about 12 percent. The city saw a notable increase in the number of murders with 49 in 2014, an increase of over 50 percent from the previous year.

Violent Crime Rate: 1,331/100,000 people
Murder Rate: 49/100,000 people
Population: 299,519
Officer to Population Ratio: 1:807
Rank Last Year: #25

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 2014.

Stockton, California uses the FBI’s legacy definition for reporting rape. For more information, click here.

Kevin Rizzo
Kevin Rizzo is the Crime in America Editor at Law Street Media. An Ohio Native, the George Washington University graduate is a founding member of the company. Contact Kevin at



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