FBI Statistics Show That Some of the Most Violent Cities in America Are White
According to Safewise.com, a Gallup poll shows that the majority of U.S. citizens believe that crime is increasing, yet as a whole the nation’s crime rate has gone done significantly over the last several years.
Every year, the FBI releases the Uniform Crime Report, its statistical interpretation of crime in America. The data is given to the federal agency by local law enforcement agencies.
CBS looked at the cities with the most violent crimes: murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault. Keep in mind, these rates don’t represent U.S. cities alone.
However, with gun violence a major topic across the country, these statistics paint a picture of what happening in our urban communities.
The rates vary per size of the city. Below, you’ll find the cities with the highest violent crime rates. You can see the information for all 9,346 American cities the FBI reported on here.
According to the report, America experienced a violent crime rate of 365.5 per 100,000 residents and a murder rate of 4.5.
Violent Crime Rates For Big Cities
There are 76 cities with more than 250,000 people in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.
Big Cities With the Highest Violent Crime Rates include:
St. Louis, 1678.73
Stockton, California 1331.47
Kansas City, 1251.45
Of America’s three biggest cities, Chicago had the highest violent crime rate at 884.26 violent crimes per capita. New York City had a rate of 596.7 and Los Angeles had a rate of 490.71.
Violent Crime Rates For Medium Cities
There are 210 cities with 100,000 to 249,999 people in the FBI’s report.
Medium Cities With the Highest Violent Crime Rates include:
Little Rock, 1391.91
Rockford, Illinois 1234.74
Springfield, Missouri 1186.47
Lansing, Michigan 1116.76
Springfield, Massachusetts 1080.86
Springfield, Illinois 1064.45
New Haven, Connecticut 1054.37
San Bernardino, 991.67
Violent Crime Rates For Small Cities
There are 3,056 cities with 10,000 to 99,999 people in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.
Small Cities With the Highest Violent Crime Rates include:
Darby, Pennsylvania 3855.15
East St. Louis, Illinois 3645.89
Florida City, Florida 2771.84
Espanola, New Mexico 2605.45
Benton Harbor, Michigan 2526.46
Opa Locka, Florida 2427.85
Anniston, Alabama 2375.15
College Park, Georgia 2151.56
Gallup, New Mexico 2146.79
Cocoa, Florida 1810.40
Violent Crime Rates For Tiny Cities
There are 5,227 with 1,000 to 9,999 people in the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report.
Tiny Cities With the Highest Violent Crime Rates include:
Oceana, West Virginia 4,175.99
Wellston, Missouri 3936.67
Cairo, Illinois 3527.13
Mangonia Park, Florida 3331.62
Lithonia, Georgia 3154.73
West Wendover, Nevada 2677.58
Iowa, Louisiana 2669.21
South Tucson, Arizona 2435.61
Mount Oliver, Pennsylvania 2248.52
Fruitport, Michigan 2173.91
Keep in mind that a single murder in a small town yields a drastically different effect on a crime rate than a single murder in a large city like Chicago or Detroit.
Concludes the CBS report, “It takes a deep understanding of not only the statistics behind crime and poverty, but a solid grasp on the history of a place to begin to understand the true character of the place you live.”