Special Report

America's 50 Most Dangerous Cities

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50. Modesto, California
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 812 per 100,000 people (1,758 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 13
> 2019 poverty rate: 15.9%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 5.5%
> 2019 population: 216,542

There were 812 violent crimes reported per 100,000 Modesto residents in 2019, far more than the national rate of 367 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans and the 50th highest violent crime rate of any large city.

Though the relationship between economic conditions and crime is complicated, crime rates are often higher in areas with limited employment opportunities. In Modesto, a relatively dangerous city, the annual unemployment rate stands at 5.5%, well above the comparable national jobless rate of 3.7%.

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49. Greensboro, North Carolina
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 819 per 100,000 people (2,440 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 43
> 2019 poverty rate: 18.5%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 4.2%
> 2019 population: 298,025

Of the four categories of violent crime — rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and homicide — aggravated assault is the most common. That pattern holds in Greensboro, North Carolina, where there were 1,663 aggravated assaults in 2019. Due primarily to instances of aggravated assault, the violent crime rate in the city stands at 819 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Property crime — which includes burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft — is also relatively common in Greensboro. There were 3,689 property crimes reported per 100,000 Greensboro residents in 2019, far more than the national property crime rate of 2,110 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

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48. Paterson, New Jersey
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 841 per 100,000 people (1,219 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 19
> 2019 poverty rate: 28.1%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 6.6%
> 2019 population: 144,866

As is the case nationwide, in Paterson, New Jersey, aggravated assault drives the overall violent crime rate more than any other offense. Of the 1,219 violent crimes committed in the city in 2019, 682 were aggravated assaults. Overall, there were 841 violent crimes reported in Paterson for every 100,000 people in 2019.

Poverty tends to be more prevalent in areas where crime is more common. In Paterson, some 28.1% of residents live below the poverty line, far more than the national poverty rate of 14.1%.

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47. Cincinnati, Ohio
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 845 per 100,000 people (2,562 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 64
> 2019 poverty rate: 27.2%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 4.2%
> 2019 population: 303,335

Of the four categories of violent crime — rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and homicide — aggravated assault is the most common nationwide. That pattern holds in Cincinnati, Ohio, where there were 1,346 aggravated assaults in 2019. Due primarily to instances of aggravated assault, the violent crime rate in the city stands at 845 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Murder is particularly common in Cincinnati. In 2019 there were 21.1 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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46. Tacoma, Washington
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 845 per 100,000 people (1,848 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 16
> 2019 poverty rate: 15.9%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 5.4%
> 2019 population: 218,650

There were 845 violent crimes reported in Tacoma, Washington 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 Tacoma. Of the 1,848 violent crimes committed in the city in 2019, 1,250 were aggravated assaults.

Specifically, homicide is considerably more common in Tacoma than it is nationwide. There were 16 homicides committed in Tacoma in 2019, or 7.3 for every 100,000 people. Meanwhile, the national murder rate was just 5 per 100,000 the same year.

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