Crime in America: Safest and Most Dangerous Cities 2016
Law Street Media, LLC
DETROIT & LITTLE ROCK ARE THE MOST DANGEROUS U.S. CITIES; STOCKTON, INDIANAPOLIS ENTERS THE TOP 10; IRVINE, CALIFORNIA IS STILL THE SAFEST CITY
WASHINGTON and NEW YORK, September 29, 2015: Detroit, Michigan is America’s most dangerous city for the third year in a row, and Little Rock, Arkansas is America’s most dangerous city under 200,000 in population, according to rankings by Law Street Media based on FBI data, both released yesterday.
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These rankings constitute the first tabulation of the FBI’s latest data for calendar year 2014–the most recent year for which FBI data is available. The Crime in America 2016 rankings revealed some important year-over-year trends: Most notably, crime rates dropped about 1 percent from the previous year. Among the Top 10 Most Dangerous U.S. Cities with populations over 200,000, Indianapolis, Indiana appeared in the Top 10 for the first time, ranking #10 this year. Detroit topped the list once again, despite seeing a 4 percent drop in violent crime and its lowest murder count in 47 years.
In the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities with populations under 200,000 Little Rock maintained its #1 position since last year and Rockford, Illinois maintained its #2 spot on the Most Dangerous List. Chattanooga, Tennessee #9 and Worcester, Massachusetts #10 joined the list this year.
In the Top 10 Safest CitiesIrvine and Gilbert, Arizona kept the top spots as the #1 and #2 safest cities in the United States. Virginia Beach, Virginia jumped from #8 to the #4 spot this year. Chula Vista, California also reclaimed a spot as a Top 10 Safest City this year, after being absent from last year’s rankings.
Law Street used the FBI’s four major violent crime categories – murders, aggravated assaults, robberies, and rapes – to create a standard measure of violent-crimes-per-100,000 people among all cities reporting crime data to the FBI. This allows year-to-year and city-to-city comparisons. To derive the ratio, the total number of violentcrimes reported to the FBI is divided by the city’s population, with the result then multiplied by 100,000. The formula for this calculation is shown below:
Violent Crime Rate = (Total Violent Crime in a City/City Population) x 100,000. Crime ratings were further broken down by population, with 200,000 used as the dividing point.
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