America’s Most Dangerous Cities

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Akron, Ohio
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45. Akron, Ohio
> 2018 violent crime rate: 862.0 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 38
> Poverty rate: 24.1%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 5.3%

Akron is located about 30 miles south of downtown Cleveland, the most dangerous city in Ohio and seventh most dangerous nationwide. Violent crime is relatively common in Akron as well. There were 1,704 reported incidents of rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and homicide in the city in 2018, or 862 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Like many cities on this list, Akron is relatively poor. Most households in the city have an income below $36,000 or less per year, and nearly one in every four city residents live below the poverty line.

Tacoma, Washington
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44. Tacoma, Washington
> 2018 violent crime rate: 866.5 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 17
> Poverty rate: 17.0%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 5.5%

There were 867 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in Tacoma, Washington, in 2018, more than double the 369 per 100,000 national violent crime rate. High crime levels in Tacoma are not limited to violent offenses. There were also 5,268 property crimes — which include burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft — for every 100,000 people, more than in all but 17 other cities with at least 100,000 residents.

Like many cities on this list, joblessness is relatively common in Tacoma. The average annual unemployment rate in the city is 5.5%, well above the 3.9% national rate.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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43. Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
> 2018 violent crime rate: 867.3 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 52
> Poverty rate: 17.1%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 3.2%

Oklahoma City is the second most dangerous city in Oklahoma and 43rd most dangerous in the United States. There were 867 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in the city in 2018, less than the 1,065 per 100,000 reported in Tulsa — but well more than double the nationwide rate of 369 per 100,000.

As is the case nationwide, aggravated assaults are the most common violent offense in Oklahoma City. Of the 5,663 violent crimes reported in the city last year, nearly 4,000 were classified as aggravated assaults.

Odessa, Texas
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42. Odessa, Texas
> 2018 violent crime rate: 877.5 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 8
> Poverty rate: 11.8%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 2.6%

Odessa, a small city of about 120,000 in west Texas, is one of four cities in the Lone Star State to rank on this list. There were 877 violent crimes reported in the city for every 100,000 people in 2018, more than double the 369 per 100,000 national rate. According to a spokesperson from the city police department, the vast majority of these crimes were either drug related or domestic incidents.

Modesto, California
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41. Modesto, California
> 2018 violent crime rate: 882.2 per 100,000 people
> 2018 homicides: 16
> Poverty rate: 17.0%
> 2018 unemployment rate: 5.8%

Of the five California cities to rank on this list, Modesto is the safest. Still, the 882 violent crimes for every 100,000 people reported in the city in 2018 was more than double the national violent crime rate of 369 incidents 100,000 Americans.

While the rates of violent crimes like murder and rape are not especially high in Modesto compared to other cities on this list, the aggravated assault rate is. There were 632 cases of aggravated assault reported for every 100,000 people in Modesto, ranking the central California city among the 30 worst in the country for that crime.