Special Report

The Most Dangerous Cities in America

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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25. Minneapolis, Minnesota
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,062.9
> 2015 murders: 47
> Poverty rate: 22.6%
> Unemployment rate: 3.3%

With a violent crime rate of 1,063 reported incidents for every 100,000 residents, nearly three times the corresponding national rate, Minneapolis is one of the most dangerous cities in the country. Robbery is especially common in the Midwestern city, with 459 reported incidents per 100,000 residents, the 10th highest rate of any American city.

Poor economic conditions can often lead to large populations of disengaged young men — the group most likely to commit violent crimes. However, Minneapolis’s economy is fairing better than the country as a whole. The city’s 3.3% unemployment rate in 2015 was well below the national 5.3% rate that year.

Tallahassee, Florida
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24. Tallahassee, Florida
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,064.3
> 2015 murders: 16
> Poverty rate: 31.1%
> Unemployment rate: 5.2%

Tallahassee’s violent crime rate of 1,064 incidents per 100,000 residents in 2015 was nearly triple the national violent crime rate. Particularly, the state capital reported the seventh highest rate of rape in the country and the 18th highest rate of aggravated assault. Violent crime in the city spiked considerably in recent years. The 2015 violent crime rate was 21.6% higher than it was half a decade prior.

Springfield, Illinois State Capitol Building
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23. Springfield, Illinois
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,070.4
> 2015 murders: 11
> Poverty rate: 18.6%
> Unemployment rate: 5.6%

With less than 120,000 residents, Springfield, Illinois is smaller than the majority of America’s most dangerous cities. Across the country, aggravated assault is the most common type of violent crime. In keeping with that trend, the 880 reported incidents of aggravated assault in 2015 were the primary driver to the city’s high violent crime rate.

Anchorage, Alaska
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22. Anchorage, Alaska
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,070.9
> 2015 murders: 26
> Poverty rate: 8.3%
> Unemployment rate: 5.0%

Alaska consistently struggles with high incidence of rape, as is evident from the high rate of rape Anchorage reported last year — the third highest of any major U.S. city. The 517 reported rapes in the city last year amounted to 172 incidents per 100,000 residents, significantly more than four times the corresponding national rate of 39 incidents per 100,000 people.

Springfield, Massachusetts
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21. Springfield, Massachusetts
> Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,073.4
> 2015 murders: 18
> Poverty rate: 30.1%
> Unemployment rate: 9.3%

A depressed economy often drives up crime rates, as young men — the most likely perpetrators of violent crime — are less likely to be socially engaged. With a near nation leading 9.3% unemployment rate in 2015, economic opportunities in Springfield, Massachusetts are scarce. The same year, there were 1,073 violent crimes, including murder, rape, and robbery in Springfield per 100,000 residents.

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