Special Report

25 Most Dangerous Cities in America

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10. Albuquerque, New Mexico
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 1,352 per 100,000 people (7,596 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 84
> 2019 poverty rate: 17.6%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 4.4%
> 2019 population: 561,920

Albuquerque’s violent crime rate of 1,352 incidents per 100,000 people is the 10th highest of all large cities tracked by the FBI. Other crimes that are not included in the violent crime rate are also far more common in Albuquerque than they are in much of the rest of the country. For example, there were 965 motor vehicle thefts in the city for every 100,000 people in 2019, the seventh highest car theft rate among large U.S. cities and more than four times higher than the national motor vehicle theft rate of 220 per 100,000.

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9. Stockton, California
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 1,397 per 100,000 people (4,380 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 34
> 2019 poverty rate: 20.5%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 6.8%
> 2019 population: 313,604

With 1,397 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in 2019, Stockton ranks as the most dangerous city in California and the western United States. There were a total of over 3,000 aggravated assaults reported in the city in 2019 and 1,158 robberies — more than several other cities home to over twice as many people as Stockton.

Crime is often higher in areas with limited economic opportunity. In Stockton, 6.8% of the labor force was unemployed in 2019, well above the comparable 3.7% national unemployment rate.

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8. Kansas City, Missouri
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 1,431 per 100,000 people (7,099 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 150
> 2019 poverty rate: 16.5%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 3.6%
> 2019 population: 495,964

Kansas City is one of three cities in Missouri to rank among the 10 most dangerous cities in the United States. The city’s murder rate of 30 incidents for every 100,000 people is six times higher than the national homicide rate. Aggravated assault — the most common violent offense both in Kansas City and across the country — is also far more common in Kansas City than it is nationwide. There were 1,040 reported cases of aggravated assault for every 100,000 people in the city in 2019, more than four times the national aggravated assault rate of 250 incidents per 100,000.

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7. Cleveland, Ohio
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 1,517 per 100,000 people (5,791 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 92
> 2019 poverty rate: 34.6%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 5.2%
> 2019 population: 381,829

Half of the most dangerous large U.S. cities are located in the Midwest — and Cleveland is one of them. There were 1,517 violent crimes reported in Cleveland for every 100,000 residents in 2019, more than four times the national violent crime rate.

Violence tends to be more common in lower-income areas, and Cleveland is one of the poorest cities in the country. Nearly 35% of the city’s population lives below the poverty line, more than double the 14.1% national poverty rate.

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6. Little Rock, Arkansas
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 1,517 per 100,000 people (3,009 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 38
> 2019 poverty rate: 17.4%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 3.3%
> 2019 population: 198,382

Little Rock, the capital of Arkansas, ranks as the most dangerous city in the state and also one of the most dangerous nationwide. Driven primarily by incidents of aggravated assault, Little Rock has a violent crime rate of 1,517 incidents for every 100,000 people, compared to the national rate of 367 per 100,000.

Little Rock also has a far higher than average property crime rate. There were 6,122 property crimes such as burglary and motor vehicle theft in the city for every 100,000 people in 2019 — nearly three times the national property crime rate of 2,110 per 100,000.