After more than two decades of steady decline, violent crime in the U.S. may be on the rise once again. There were an estimated 15,696 murders in the United States in 2015, up over 10% from the previous year and contributing to a 3.9% increase in violent crime overall.
Despite the uptick, U.S. crime rates remain near historic lows, with violent crime down over 50% since 1991. Still, how exposed Americans are to crime depends largely on where they live, as the incidence of crime is not uniform across the country. Violent crime is far more common in some cities than others.
24/7 Wall St. reviewed data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report to identify the most dangerous metropolitan area in each state.