Special Report

America's 50 Most Dangerous Cities

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45. Vallejo, California
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 845 per 100,000 people (1,037 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 12
> 2019 poverty rate: 14.1%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 4.2%
> 2019 population: 122,657

The violent crime rate in Vallejo, California, is among the highest of any U.S. city. There were 1,037 cases of rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and murder reported in Vallejo in 2019, or 845 for every 100,000 people — more than double the violent crime rate nationwide of 367 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Other, nonviolent forms of crime, such as burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft are also more common in Vallejo than they are nationwide. There were 4,941 property crimes reported in Vallejo in 2019, or 4,028 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate stood at 2,110 per 100,000 the same year.

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44. Lancaster, California
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 853 per 100,000 people (1,359 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 7
> 2019 poverty rate: 23.8%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 6.4%
> 2019 population: 159,335

There were 853 violent crimes reported per 100,000 Lancaster residents in 2019, far more than the national rate of 367 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans and the 44th highest violent crime rate of any large city.

While the relationship between unemployment and violent crime is complicated, many of the cities with the highest violent crime rates have high unemployment. Some 6.4% of the Lancaster labor force was unemployed in 2019, a higher unemployment rate than the national rate of 3.7%.

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43. Hartford, Connecticut
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 858 per 100,000 people (1,049 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 21
> 2019 poverty rate: 30.1%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 6.6%
> 2019 population: 122,245

Of the four categories of violent crime — rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and homicide — aggravated assault is the most common. That pattern holds in Hartford, Connecticut, where there were 726 aggravated assaults in 2019. Due primarily to instances of aggravated assault, the violent crime rate in the city stands at 858 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Violent crime is far more common in Hartford than it is in Connecticut. There were 184 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in Connecticut in 2019, far below the corresponding city figure.

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42. Dallas, Texas
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 863 per 100,000 people (11,764 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 198
> 2019 poverty rate: 20.5%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 3.4%
> 2019 population: 1,363,295

As is the case nationwide, in Dallas, Texas, aggravated assault drives the overall violent crime rate more than any other offense. Of the 11,764 violent crimes committed in the city in 2019, 6,369 were aggravated assaults. Overall, there were 863 violent crimes reported in Dallas for every 100,000 people in 2019.

Crime tends to be more concentrated in areas with limited economic opportunity and widespread financial hardship — and this pattern holds in Dallas. Across the city, 20.5% of the population lives below the poverty line, well above the 14.1% national poverty rate.

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41. North Las Vegas, Nevada
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 864 per 100,000 people (2,158 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 18
> 2019 poverty rate: 14.5%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 4.4%
> 2019 population: 249,854

There were 864 violent crimes reported in North Las Vegas, Nevada 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 North Las Vegas. Of the 2,158 violent crimes committed in the city in 2019, 1,565 were aggravated assaults.

Though violence is more concentrated in North Las Vegas than the U.S. as a whole, rates of other, nonviolent forms of crime, such as burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft, are more closely in line with comparable national averages. There were 5,086 property crimes reported in North Las Vegas in 2019, or 2,036 for every 100,000 residents. Meanwhile, the national property crime rate was 2,110 per 100,000 the same year.

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