NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- One of the most important factors in determining where to live is the crime, or lack thereof, in the neighborhood, city or state in which you plan to reside. The safer the area, the more inclined one would be to live there with their loved ones.
According to the FBI, crime is declining nationwide. The agency estimates that 1,163,146 violent crimes occurred across the U.S. in 2013, a 4.4% decrease from the 2012 estimate. After factoring in 5-year and 10-year trends, the 2013 estimate was 12.3% less than the 2009 level and 14.5% less than the 2004 level.
The FBI calculated an estimated 367.9 violent crimes per 100,000 population in 2013, a 5.1% decline from the 2012 estimated rate.
Unfortunately, violent crime is a major problem in many cities throughout the U.S.
But which are the most violent cities in the U.S.?
To determine the top 10, we looked at Forbes' annual list of the most dangerous cities for 2013, which used the FBI's Crime Statistics database and only considered cities with populations of 200,000 or more.
The cities with the greatest total violent crime rate per 100,000 population made the list. So let's take a look at the top 10 most violent cities in the U.S., according to the FBI's data...
Violent crime rate (per 100,000 residents): 1,295
Total metropolitan area population (according to FBI data): 1,571,468