Special Report

America's 50 Most Dangerous Cities

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40. Fayetteville, North Carolina
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 875 per 100,000 people (1,835 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 24
> 2019 poverty rate: 19.2%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 5.4%
> 2019 population: 209,614

The violent crime rate in Fayetteville, North Carolina, is among the highest of any U.S. city. There were 1,835 cases of rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and murder reported in Fayetteville in 2019, or 875 for every 100,000 people — more than double the violent crime rate nationwide of 367 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Though the relationship between economic conditions and crime is complicated, crime rates are often higher in areas with limited employment opportunities. In Fayetteville, a relatively dangerous city, the annual unemployment rate stands at 5.4%, well above the comparable national jobless rate of 3.7%.

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39. New Haven, Connecticut
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 895 per 100,000 people (1,168 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 13
> 2019 poverty rate: 25.9%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 4.4%
> 2019 population: 130,494

There were 895 violent crimes reported per 100,000 New Haven residents in 2019, far more than the national rate of 367 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans and the 39th highest violent crime rate of any large city.

Poverty tends to be more prevalent in areas where crime is more common. In New Haven, some 25.9% of residents live below the poverty line, far more than the national poverty rate of 14.1%.

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38. Akron, Ohio
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 901 per 100,000 people (1,782 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 27
> 2019 poverty rate: 23.3%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 4.9%
> 2019 population: 197,882

Of the four categories of violent crime — rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and homicide — aggravated assault is the most common. That pattern holds in Akron, Ohio, where there were 1,246 aggravated assaults in 2019. Due primarily to instances of aggravated assault, the violent crime rate in the city stands at 901 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Property crime — which includes burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft — is also relatively common in Akron. There were 3,319 property crimes reported per 100,000 Akron residents in 2019, far more than the national property crime rate of 2,110 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

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37. Springfield, Massachusetts
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 905 per 100,000 people (1,397 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 20
> 2019 poverty rate: 28.6%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 5.5%
> 2019 population: 154,306

As is the case nationwide, in Springfield, Massachusetts, aggravated assault drives the overall violent crime rate more than any other offense. Of the 1,397 violent crimes committed in the city in 2019, 938 were aggravated assaults. Overall, there were 905 violent crimes reported in Springfield for every 100,000 people in 2019.

While the relationship between unemployment and violent crime is complicated, many of the cities with the highest violent crime rates have high unemployment. Some 5.5% of the Springfield labor force was unemployed in 2019, a higher unemployment rate than the national rate of 3.7%.

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36. Minneapolis, Minnesota
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 926 per 100,000 people (3,990 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 46
> 2019 poverty rate: 19.9%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 2.8%
> 2019 population: 431,016

There were 926 violent crimes reported in Minneapolis, Minnesota 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 Minneapolis. Of the 3,990 violent crimes committed in the city in 2019, 2,196 were aggravated assaults.

Violent crime is far more common in Minneapolis than it is in Minnesota. There were 236 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in Minnesota in 2019, far below the corresponding city figure.

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