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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St. Louis, Missouri holds its number four spot for the second year in a row despite an increase of about 5 percent in its violent crime rate per 100,000 residents. With the exception of rape, the number of crimes in each of the violent crime categories increased in 2014 from the levels in the previous year. The city saw a notable increase in murders, going from 120 in 2013 to 159 in 2014–an increase of about 32 percent. The modest increase in St. Louis’s violent crime rate in 2014 comes after seven consecutive years of decreases.

Violent Crime Rate: 1,679/100,000 people
Murder Rate: 50/100,000 people
Population: 318,574
Officer to Population Ratio: 1:230
Rank Last Year: #4

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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