These Places Have the Highest Violent Crime Rates in the U.S.

How bad is crime in the U.S.? Both violent crime and property crime in the country have fallen since the 1990s, yet public perceptions about crime in the U.S. often don't align with the data, according to Pew Research, which says that surveys regularly find that Americans believe crime is up nationally, even when the data show it is down.

Geographically, there are big differences in crime rates. In the U.S. overall, the 2016 violent crime rate was 386 per 100,000 inhabitants, yet in some places it is significantly higher or lower. The FBI points out that there are numerous variables that mold crime in a particular town, city, county, state, tribal area, or region.

According to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program, while property crimes were down, the violent crime rate rose 3.4% in 2016 compared with 2015. The arrest rate for violent crime nationally was 160 per 100,000 inhabitants.

Based on the UCR data, these are the places that have the highest rate of violent crime (murder and nonnegligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.) These are all metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) except where noted. The rates for some metros, including Boston and St. Louis, were not available due to changes in reporting practices, or data being under- or overreported, according to the FBI.

1. Monroe, La.
1. Monroe, La.

1. Monroe, La.

Population: 179,125

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 1,186.9

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2. Anchorage, Alaska
2. Anchorage, Alaska

2. Anchorage, Alaska

Population: 315,641

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 1,114.9

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3. Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark.
3. Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark.

3. Memphis, Tenn.-Miss.-Ark.

Population: 1.35 million

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 1,082.1

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4. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich. Metropolitan Division
4. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich. Metropolitan Division

4. Detroit-Dearborn-Livonia, Mich. Metropolitan Division

Population: 1.75 million

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 1,034.2

This metropolitan division is one of two in the Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, Mich. Metropolitan Statistical Area, which has a total population of 4.3 million and a violent crime rate of 555.6 per 100,000.

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5. Farmington, N.M.
5. Farmington, N.M.

5. Farmington, N.M.

Population: 116,108

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 947.4

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6. Lubbock, Texas
6. Lubbock, Texas

6. Lubbock, Texas

Population: 314,167

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 924

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7. Alexandria, La.
7. Alexandria, La.

7. Alexandria, La.

Population: 154,032

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 923.2

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8. Hammond, La.
8. Hammond, La.

8. Hammond, La.

Population: 129,819

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 915.9

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9. Pine Bluff, Ark.
9. Pine Bluff, Ark.

9. Pine Bluff, Ark.

Population: 92,403

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 909.1

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10. Albuquerque, N.M.
10. Albuquerque, N.M.

10. Albuquerque, N.M.

Population: 907,140

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 901

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11. Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, Ala.
11. Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, Ala.

11. Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, Ala.

Population: 114,790

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 894.7

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12. Rockford, Ill.
12. Rockford, Ill.

12. Rockford, Ill.

Population: 337,323

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 871.3

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13. Philadelphia, Pa. Metropolitan Division
13. Philadelphia, Pa. Metropolitan Division

13. Philadelphia, Pa. Metropolitan Division

Population: 2.1 million

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 826.7

The Philadelphia MD is one of four metropolitan divisions in the Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington MSA, which overall had a violent crime rate per 100,000 of 446.5, in a population of more than 6 million.

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14. Stockton-Lodi, Calif.
14. Stockton-Lodi, Calif.

14. Stockton-Lodi, Calif.

Population: 729,104

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 823.6

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15. Danville, Ill.
15. Danville, Ill.

15. Danville, Ill.

Population: 78,439

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 808.3

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16. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev.
16. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev.

16. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nev.

Population: 2.16 million

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 771

Above, the Las Vegas sign became a memorial to victims killed in the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in October, 2017.

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17. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Ark.
17. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Ark.

17. Little Rock-North Little Rock-Conway, Ark.

Population: 737,086

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 760

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18. Redding, Calif.
18. Redding, Calif.

18. Redding, Calif.

Population: 178,755

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 745.7

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19. Battle Creek, Mich.
19. Battle Creek, Mich.

19. Battle Creek, Mich.

Population: 133,914

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 746.7

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20. Springfield, Ill.
20. Springfield, Ill.

20. Springfield, Ill.

Population: 210,256

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 740.1

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21. Albany, Ga.
21. Albany, Ga.

21. Albany, Ga.

Population: 152,566

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 734.8

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22. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind.
22. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind.

22. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Ind.

Population: 2 million

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 713.4

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23. Odessa, Texas
23. Odessa, Texas

23. Odessa, Texas

Population: 163,843

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 713

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24. Gadsden, Ala.
24. Gadsden, Ala.

24. Gadsden, Ala.

Population: 102,537

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 711.9

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25. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md.
25. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md.

25. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Md.

Population: 2.8 million

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 710.3

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26. Wichita, Kan.
26. Wichita, Kan.

26. Wichita, Kan.

Population: 643,764

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 708.8

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27. Dalton, Ga.
27. Dalton, Ga.

27. Dalton, Ga.

Population: 143,925

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 688.6

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28. Pueblo, Colo.
28. Pueblo, Colo.

28. Pueblo, Colo.

Population: 164,337

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 679.7

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29. Fairbanks, Alaska
29. Fairbanks, Alaska

29. Fairbanks, Alaska

Population: 34,657

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 669.4

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30. Madera-Chowchilla, Calif.
30. Madera-Chowchilla, Calif.

30. Madera-Chowchilla, Calif.

Population: 154,726

Rate of violent crime per 100,000 inhabitants: 661.8

Photo: Jcarrello/Wikipedia

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