There were 1.2 million violent crimes — murders, rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults — committed in the United States in 2019, according to the most recent available FBI data. The 2019 national crime rate of 367 incidents for every 100,000 Americans is almost exactly in line with where it was five years ago.
A handful of major metropolitan areas have not followed the national trend, however. Dozens of U.S. cities are reporting violent crime rates over 20% higher than they were five years ago. Not confined to one specific region, these cities span the country, from the deep South to the upper Midwest, and from the Northeast to the Southwest.
Using data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the 25 cities where crime is soaring. In each metro area on this list, the population-adjusted violent crime rate climbed by at least 32.5% between 2014 and 2019.
It is important to note that in the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have had an impact on crime patterns in the United States. Preliminary data from major cities across the country reveal a decline in crime during the pandemic, despite an uptick in shootings and killings. Exactly how these trends will impact the overall violent crime rate in the cities on this list and nationwide remains to be seen. Here is a look at 17 non-obvious ways life has changed during the COVID-19 pandemic.
While every city on this list has reported a surge in violent crime in recent years, not every city is especially dangerous. Despite rising crime rates, many of these cities remain far safer than the U.S. as a whole. Others, however, may have been safer or as safe as the U.S. five years ago but now have violent crime rates two and even three times higher than the national average. Here is a look at America’s 50 most dangerous cities.