Although 2020 was the worst year for gun violence in America in decades, with both deaths and injuries soaring, other types of violent crime have declined in recent years. This continues a trend of decreasing crime rates in many major cities since a peak in the early 1990s.
For the past 80 years, the FBI has collected data on crime across the country and published a summary of its findings annually. Based on the bureau’s most recent report, 24/7 Wall St. has identified 25 cities where violent offenses have fallen most precipitously. Between 2014 and 2019, according to the FBI, violent crimes in these cities dropped by at least 25%.
“For the last three years,” said then-deputy director of the bureau Dave Bowdich when the report was published, “the Department of Justice has worked tirelessly with our federal, state, local, and tribal partners to pursue those violent criminals, cartels, and gangs who seek to harm our communities.”
Of the 25 cities with the steepest decline in violent crime listed here, 14 are in Florida, three are in Connecticut, and two are in New Jersey. The rest are scattered across the rest of the country, including the Midwest, Southwest, and West Coast. A low crime rate is only one of many reasons to consider the best cities to live in every state.
Despite falling crime rates in these areas, 2019 still saw 1.2 million violent crimes in the U.S., including assaults, robberies, rapes, and murders. While violent crimes have decreased in the cities on this list, here are the 25 cities where crime is soaring.