Crime in America 2017: Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Under 200,000

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Rockford, Illinois, is the most dangerous city in the U.S. with a population between 100,000-200,000 people, displacing Little Rock, Arkansas, which now ranks as #2. Tallahassee, Florida moved onto the list at #8 after just missing the cut at #12 last year; Odessa, Texas also moved from #11 to #9. Many of the rest of the positions held steady and only saw small increases or decreases in their violent crime rates.

All statistics are based on 2015 data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. Check out the slideshow below for the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Under 200,000.

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#10 Chattanooga, Tennessee

Chattanooga, TN: Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Under 200,000 in 2017

“Chattanooga downtown” courtesy of Ron Jones via Flickr

Chattanooga, Tennessee dropped from the #9 spot to the #10 spot this year. However, Chattanooga’s violent crime rate actually increased by 1.6 percent–its drop on the list comes from the fact that other cities’ violent crime rates increased more sharply. However, Chattanooga’s instances of murder, rape, and robbery all dropped, while the number of aggravated assaults reported rose from 1,218 in 2014 to 1,290 in 2015.

Violent Crime Rate:  989/100,000 people
Murder Rate: 13/100,000 people
Population: 174,969
Officer to Population Ratio: 1:404
Rank Last Year: #9

Research and analysis by Law Street’s Crime in America Team: Kevin Rizzo, Alexis Evans, and Anneliese Mahoney.

Click here for additional information on Law Street’s crime-ranking methodology.


FBI: Violent crime, population, murder, and officer statistics, measured January – December 2015.

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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