Special Report

America's 50 Most Dangerous Cities

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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

There were 1,397 violent crimes reported in Stockton, California for every 100,000 people in 2019. For context, there were 367 violent crimes for every 100,000 people nationwide in 2019. As is the case across the United States, aggravated assault is the most common violent crime in Stockton. Of the 4,380 violent crimes committed in the city in 2019, 3,007 were aggravated assaults.

Though the relationship between economic conditions and crime is complicated, crime rates are often higher in areas with limited employment opportunities. In Stockton, a relatively dangerous city, the annual unemployment rate stands at 6.8%, well above the comparable national jobless rate of 3.7%.

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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

The violent crime rate in Kansas City, Missouri, is among the highest of any U.S. city. There were 7,099 cases of rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and murder reported in Kansas City in 2019, or 1,431 for every 100,000 people — more than triple the violent crime rate nationwide of 367 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Property crime — which includes burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft — is also relatively common in Kansas City. There were 3,856 property crimes reported per 100,000 Kansas City residents in 2019, far more than the national property crime rate of 2,110 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

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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

There were 1,517 violent crimes reported per 100,000 Cleveland residents in 2019, far more than the national rate of 367 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans and the seventh highest violent crime rate of any large city.

Murder is particularly common in Cleveland. In 2019 there were 24.1 homicides reported for every 100,000 residents — more than four times the national murder rate of 5 per 100,000 people.

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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

Of the four categories of violent crime — rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and homicide — aggravated assault is the most common. That pattern holds in Little Rock, Arkansas, where there were 2,371 aggravated assaults in 2019. Due primarily to instances of aggravated assault, the violent crime rate in the city stands at 1,517 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Crime tends to be more concentrated in areas with limited economic opportunity and widespread financial hardship — and this pattern holds in Little Rock. Across the city, 17.4% of the population lives below the poverty line, well above the 14.1% national poverty rate.

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