By the numbers: Here are the ‘most dangerous’ cities in America

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The good news? Overall, America is getting safer. The bad news? In many corners of the country, crime is still a big problem–and it’s hard to quantify.

At its peak in 1991, the number of murders was 24,703, according to the FBI. In 2013, the country had 14,196 murders, a 4.4% decrease from the year before.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Report has arguably been the most comprehensive and organized collection of crime data to date, which is why many have turned to it as a source. Using the numbers from the most recent report (2013), FindTheHome was able to visualize the report and find where the most violent crime per 100,000 people occurs in America.

A few things to note:

– A violent crime includes murder, rape (legacy or revised definition, depending on the state), robbery, and aggravated assault.
– A crime is classified under either city or county jurisdiction (never both), so FindTheHome added city and county crimes together to come up with a number for the county as a whole.
– The report doesn’t have full coverage (regions in gray), as some places aren’t as thorough in their reporting.

Read more about the methodology behind the report. First, here’s a look at overall crime in the country:

Here are the 20 cities highest rate of crime per 100,000 people:

20 | Miami, FL

Violent crime rate: 1,213.4 crimes per 100K people
Population: 407,526

In 2013, 71 murders, 96 rapes, 2,216 robberies, and 2,562 assaults were reported in Miami—a total of 4,945 violent crimes.

19 | Stockton, CA

Violent crime rate: 1,230.3 crimes per 100K people
Population: 294,406

In 2013, 32 murders, 91 rapes, 1,088 robberies, and 2,411 assaults were reported in Stockton—a total of 3,622 violent crimes.

18 | Buffalo, NY

Violent crime rate: 1,246.9 crimes per 100K people
Population: 260,568

In 2013, 47 murders, 145 rapes, 1,322 robberies, and 1,735 assaults were reported in Buffalo—a total of 3,249 violent crimes.

17 | New Haven, CT

Violent crime rate: 1,260.6 crimes per 100K people
Population: 130,338

In 2013, 19 murders, 76 rapes, 770 robberies, and 778 assaults were reported in New Haven—a total of 1,643 violent crimes.

16 | Indianapolis, IN

Violent crime rate: 1264.3 crimes per 100K people
Population: 828841

In 2013, 129 murders, 656 rapes, 3800 robberies, and 5894 assaults were reported in Indianapolis—a total of 10479 violent crimes.

15 | Newark, NJ

Violent crime rate: 1267.7 crimes per 100K people
Population: 277357

In 2013, 112 murders, 45 rapes, 2433 robberies, and 926 assaults were reported in Newark—a total of 3516 violent crimes.

14 |Kansas City, MO

Violent crime rate: 1268.2 crimes per 100K people
Population: 462378

In 2013, 99 murders, 377 rapes, 1662 robberies, and 3726 assaults were reported in Kansas City—a total of 5864 violent crimes.

13 |Washington D.C.

Violent crime rate: 1,273.5 crimes per 100K people
Population: 618,777

In 2013, 103 murders, 393 rapes, 3,660 robberies, and 3,724 assaults were reported in Washington D.C.—a total of 7,880 violent crimes.

12 | Atlanta, GA

Violent crime rate: 1,275.3 crimes per 100K people
Population: 432,589

In 2013, 84 murders, 105 rapes, 2,363 robberies, and 2,965 assaults were reported in Atlanta—a total of 5,517 violent crimes.

11 | Birmingham, AL

Violent crime rate: 1,343.4 crimes per 100K people
Population: 212,295

In 2013, 63 murders, 178 rapes, 969 robberies, and 1642 assaults were reported in Birmingham—a total of 2,852 violent crimes.

10 | Rockford, IL

Violent crime rate: 1,357.3 crimes per 100K people
Population: 152,138

In 2013, 19 murders, 145 rapes, 394 robberies, and 1,507 assaults were reported in Rockford—a total of 2,065 violent crimes.

9 | Milwaukee, WI

Violent crime rate: 1,373.8 crimes per 100K people
Population: 596,459

In 2013, 104 murders, 401 rapes, 3,284 robberies, and 4,405 assaults were reported in Milwaukee—a total of 8,194 violent crimes.

8 | Baltimore, MD

Violent crime rate: 1,404 crimes per 100K people
Population: 621,445

In 2013, 233 murders, 298 rapes, 3,734 robberies, and 4,460 assaults were reported in Baltimore—a total of 8,725 violent crimes.

7 | Little Rock, AR

Violent crime rate: 1,423.4 crimes per 100K people
Population: 195,092

In 2013, 35 murders, 119 rapes, 944 robberies, and 1,679 assaults were reported in Little Rock—a total of 2,777 violent crimes.

6 | Cleveland, OH

Violent crime rate: 1,458.4 crimes per 100K people
Population: 394,335

In 2013, 55 murders, 417 rapes, 3,490 robberies, and 1,789 assaults were reported in Cleveland—a total of 5,751 violent crimes.

5 | St. Louis, MO

Violent crime rate: 1,591.8 crimes per 100K people
Population: 318,955

In 2013, 120 murders, 333 rapes, 1,457 robberies, and 3,167 assaults were reported in St. Louis—a total of 5,077 violent crimes.

4 | Memphis, TN

Violent crime rate: 1,673.6 crimes per 100K people
Population: 650,932

In 2013, 124 murders, 437 rapes, 3,133 robberies, and 7,200 assaults were reported in Memphis—a total of 10,894 violent crimes.

3 | Flint, MI

Violent crime rate: 1,876.1 crimes per 100K people
Population: 101,649

In 2013, 48 murders, 145 rapes, 447 robberies, and 1,267 assaults were reported in Flint—a total of 1,907 violent crimes.

2 | Oakland, CA

Violent crime rate: 2,011 crimes per 100K people
Population: 397,011

In 2013, 90 murders, 180 rapes, 4,922 robberies, and 2,792 assaults were reported in Oakland—a total of 7,984 violent crimes.

1 | Detroit, MI

Violent crime rate: 2,052.5 crimes per 100K people
Population: 706,663

In 2013, 316 murders, 618 rapes, 4,774 robberies, and 8,796 assaults were reported in Detroit—a total of 14,504 violent crimes.


  • Reasonless

    Mayor Barrett,
    I hope you’re proud..

    This happened on your watch. With all of your failed liberal policies, you just keep talking like the fool that you are while Milwaukee sinks deeper and deeper each day.

    • mayor mccheese


    • Mr Bob

      Remember Reasonless, mayor mccheese and the spineless, jellyfish, cowardly weasel flynn have the solution for the violent crime problem in the city. They put up all those billboards and that is going to totally eliminate violent crime in the city just like mccheese lowered the death rate for black newborns. These two weiners have a plan!!!!

  • Lisa

    How can you guys blame each other for the ignorance of the young people in Milwaukee. They are ignorant and stupid and just don’t care. Instead of blaming ya selves we need free community centers that these kids can get involved in with sports and other activities. I tried getting my grandson in the YMCA and the boys and girls clubs and they wanted to charge me $100/wk, do I have $100/week? No, I work to pay my bills. These young kids only role models are drug dealers who drive nice cars and can buy all the name brand clothes and shoes. The need to be able to have music lessons. How come all the music the hear is rap which is not good for anyone’s ears. Don’t blame each other get together and help or children.

    • Reasonless

      If our tax dollars weren’t wasted on silly trolleys along with the other foolish government spending that goes on in Milwaukee, we would have the funds to work with our young people.
      Until Milwaukee gets rid of this half witted fool of a mayor, along with his other child like cronies, the future of Milwaukee youth along with MPS is pretty dim.

    • Mr Bob

      Jim, it could be that mayor mccheese was unavailable to comment on the story because he was busy working on that financing plan to give the billionaire bucks owners taxpayer dollars to fund their new gymnasium for the millionaire players of the nba. I’m sure he would have explained how they put up those billboards which will ultimately stop all violent crime in Milwaukee.

  • Chris

    Take the north side out of this. I will bet the numbers will put us in the bottom of the list of States.

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