Cities Where Crime Is Soaring in Every State

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36. Oklahoma
> Metro area: Tulsa
> 5-yr. change in crime rate: +6.3% (metro area) -1.1% (state)
> 2016 violent crimes per 100,000: 589 (metro area) 450 (state)
> 2016 murders: 91 (metro area) 245 (state)
> 2016 unemployment rate: 5.0% (metro area) 4.9% (state)

Across Oklahoma, the incidence of violent crime fell slightly from 455 incidents per 100,000 people in 2011 to 450 per 100,000 in 2016. In a break with the statewide trend, the incidence of violent crime increased by 6.3% in Tulsa over the same period, from 554 crimes per 100,000 to 589 per 100,000. Meanwhile, in Oklahoma City, the only other metro area in the state for which data is available, the incidence of violent crime decreased by 7.1% from 528 incidents per 100,000 people to 491 per 100,000.

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37. Oregon
> Metro area: Medford
> 5-yr. change in crime rate: +23.3% (metro area) +6.9% (state)
> 2016 violent crimes per 100,000: 358 (metro area) 265 (state)
> 2016 murders: 5 (metro area) 113 (state)
> 2016 unemployment rate: 5.8% (metro area) 4.9% (state)

While rates of major crimes such as murder and rape in Medford have decreased between 2011 and 2016, rates of crimes such as robbery and aggravated assault increased, driving the overall violent crime rate in the area higher. Medford also reported the highest violent crime rate statewide in 2016, with 358 incidents per 100,000 residents. For comparison, the violent crime rate in the Corvallis metro area was 128 incidents per 100,000 residents in 2016, and in Bend-Redmond – where violent crime decreased by 54.2% over the last five years – it was 152 per 100,000.

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38. Pennsylvania
> Metro area: Williamsport
> 5-yr. change in crime rate: +15.8% (metro area) -10.9% (state)
> 2016 violent crimes per 100,000: 206 (metro area) 316 (state)
> 2016 murders: 7 (metro area) 661 (state)
> 2016 unemployment rate: 6.7% (metro area) 5.4% (state)

Pennsylvania’s violent crime rate declined by about 11% between 2011 and 2016. The crime rate also declined in 10 of the state’s 11 metropolitan statistical areas with comparable data, the vast majority of which were double-digit declines. However, in the 11th metropolitan area, Williamsport, the incidence of violent crime increased by a substantial 15%. Despite the increase, Williamsport’s 2016 violent crime rate of 206 incidents per 100,000 residents remains lower than in the majority of U.S. metro areas.

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39. Rhode Island
> Metro area: None
> 5-yr. change in crime rate: -3.5% (state)
> 2016 violent crimes per 100,000: 239 (state)
> 2016 murders: 29 (state)
> 2016 unemployment rate: 5.3% (state)

Due to reporting inconsistencies, the 2011 violent crime data for the Providence-Warwick metro area — the only metro area in Rhode Island — is not comparable to the 2016 violent crime data. Statewide, the incidence of violent crime fell by 3.5% making Rhode Island one of only 13 states where the violent crime rate declined over the past five years.

The Providence metro area is slightly more dangerous than the state as a whole. There were 315 violent crimes in the metro area for every 100,000 people in 2016, considerably more than the 239 violent crimes per 100,000 people across the state.

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40. South Carolina
> Metro area: Sumter
> 5-yr. change in crime rate: +16.8% (metro area) -12.3% (state)
> 2016 violent crimes per 100,000: 591 (metro area) 502 (state)
> 2016 murders: 4 (metro area) 366 (state)
> 2016 unemployment rate: 5.7% (metro area) 4.8% (state)

The murder rate in South Carolina’s Sumter metro area decreased from 15.6 per 100,000 people in 2011 to 3.7 per 100,000 in 2016. However, aggravated assaults over this same period increased from 360.6 to 491.3 per 100,000. Due in large part to the increase in the area’s aggravated assault rate, the overall incidence of violent crime in Sumter climbed 16.8% to 591 incidents per 100,000 people in the last five years.

Areas with high poverty rates also tend to have higher violent crime rates. In Sumter, a larger than typical 21.2% of the population live in poverty.