Special Report

America's 50 Most Dangerous Cities

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20. Nashville, Tennessee
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 1,073 per 100,000 people (7,376 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 83
> 2019 poverty rate: 16.5%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 3.9%
> 2019 population: 687,361

The violent crime rate in Nashville, Tennessee, is among the highest of any U.S. city. There were 7,376 cases of rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and murder reported in Nashville in 2019, or 1,073 for every 100,000 people — more than double the violent crime rate nationwide of 367 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Specifically, homicide is considerably more common in Nashville than it is nationwide. There were 83 homicides committed in Nashville in 2019, or 12.1 for every 100,000 people. Meanwhile, the national murder rate was just 5 per 100,000 the same year.

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19. Lansing, Michigan
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 1,104 per 100,000 people (1,313 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 12
> 2019 poverty rate: 26.1%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 5.0%
> 2019 population: 118,953

There were 1,104 violent crimes reported per 100,000 Lansing residents in 2019, far more than the national rate of 367 violent crimes per 100,000 Americans and the 19th highest violent crime rate of any large city.

Poverty tends to be more prevalent in areas where crime is more common. In Lansing, some 26.1% of residents live below the poverty line, far more than the national poverty rate of 14.1%.

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18. Wichita, Kansas
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 1,141 per 100,000 people (4,451 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 35
> 2019 poverty rate: 16.2%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 3.6%
> 2019 population: 390,080

Of the four categories of violent crime — rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and homicide — aggravated assault is the most common. That pattern holds in Wichita, Kansas, where there were 3,588 aggravated assaults in 2019. Due primarily to instances of aggravated assault, the violent crime rate in the city stands at 1,141 incidents for every 100,000 people.

Property crime — which includes burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft — is also relatively common in Wichita. There were 5,322 property crimes reported per 100,000 Wichita residents in 2019, far more than the national property crime rate of 2,110 incidents per 100,000 Americans.

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17. New Orleans, Louisiana
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 1,145 per 100,000 people (4,516 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 121
> 2019 poverty rate: 24.6%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 4.9%
> 2019 population: 394,498

New Orleans, Louisiana, has the 17th highest violent crime rate of any major American city, with 1,145 incidents per 100,000 people. Yet it has comparatively even more outsized rates of both homicide and rape.

The murder rate in New Orleans is the seventh highest of any U.S. city, at 31 homicides per 100,000 residents, over six times the U.S. murder rate. The city also reported the second highest rate of rape in the nation, with 196 rapes per 100,000 residents — nearly five times the national rate of 43 per 100,000.

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16. Rockford, Illinois
> Violent crime rate in 2019: 1,174 per 100,000 people (1,711 total)
> Total homicides reported in 2019: 14
> 2019 poverty rate: 22.6%
> 2019 annual unemployment rate: 6.8%
> 2019 population: 145,719

As is the case nationwide, in Rockford, Illinois, aggravated assault drives the overall violent crime rate more than any other offense. Of the 1,711 violent crimes committed in the city in 2019, 1,290 were aggravated assaults. Overall, there were 1,174 violent crimes reported in Rockford for every 100,000 people in 2019.

Violent crime is far more common in Rockford than it is in Illinois. There were 407 violent crimes reported per 100,000 residents in Illinois in 2019, far below the corresponding city figure.

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