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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Memphis, TN: Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000 in 2016

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Memphis, Tennessee moved up a spot in this year’s rankings, ranking #2 after its violent crime rate increased by about 5 percent in 2014. Memphis’s increase in crime happened across every category of violent crime. The largest increases occurred in the number of rapes and murders, which went up by 14.5 percent and 13 percent respectively. The number of murders also hit an eight-year high, with 140 in 2014. The city had 501 rapes, 3,285 robberies, and 7,473 aggravated assaults.

Violent Crime Rate: 1,741/100,000 people
Murder Rate: 21/100,000 people
population: 654,922
Officer to Population Ratio: 1:293
Rank Last Year:#3

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.

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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