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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Oakland, CA: Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000 in 2016

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Although Oakland, California only moved down one spot in this year’s rankings, it experienced a notable decrease in violent crime of nearly 15 percent. With the exception of rape, the city saw a decrease in every category of violent crime. But the overall drop in violent crime rate is largely due to a significantly lower number of robberies. Oakland reported nearly 1,500 fewer robberies in 2014 than it did in 2013, a decrease of about 30 percent. The city’s violent crime rate reached a 15 year high in 2012, and the 2014 decrease brings its crime rate down significantly from that peak. The city had 80 murders, 209 rapes, 3,481 robberies, and 3,140 aggravated assaults.

Violent Crime Rate:1,685/100,000 people
Murder Rate:20/100,000 people
Population: 409,994
Officer to Population Ratio:1:573
Rank Last Year:#2

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.

Oakland, California uses the FBI’s legacy definition for reporting rape. For more information, click here.

Editor’s Note: This slide was updated to correct a typo. There were nearly 1,500 fewer robberies in Oakland, not Memphis as the article previously stated.
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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