Special Report

US Metro Areas Where Crime Is Soaring

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35. Durham-Chapel Hill, NC
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 61.3 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 3,272 — 34th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 2,830 — 38th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 500.4 — 42nd highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 439.1 — 56th highest of 209 metros
> Population: 644,367

34. Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 62.8 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 1,116 — 94th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 920 — 99th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 363.6 — 100th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 300.8 — 90th lowest of 209 metros
> Population: 307,707

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33. Cedar Rapids, IA
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 63.4 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 691 — 82nd lowest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 514 — 65th lowest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 251.9 — 59th lowest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 188.5 — 25th lowest of 209 metros
> Population: 273,032

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32. Beaumont-Port Arthur, TX
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 64.5 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 2,372 — 49th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 2,133 — 51st highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 605.7 — 26th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 541.2 — 31st highest of 209 metros
> Population: 392,563

31. Goldsboro, NC
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 66.7 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 593 — 70th lowest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 511 — 63rd lowest of 209 metros (tied)
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 481.4 — 49th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 414.7 — 68th highest of 209 metros
> Population: 123,131

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