Special Report

US Metro Areas Where Crime Is Soaring

30. San Luis Obispo-Paso Robles, CA
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 67.3 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 816 — 95th lowest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 630 — 74th lowest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 289.6 — 78th lowest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 222.3 — 47th lowest of 209 metros
> Population: 283,111

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29. Gainesville, FL
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 68.2 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 2,516 — 47th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 2,282 — 46th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 760.3 — 13th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 692.1 — 13th highest of 209 metros
> Population: 328,517

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28. Lansing-East Lansing, MI
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 68.2 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 2,741 — 41st highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 2,367 — 43rd highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 498.1 — 44th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 429.9 — 60th highest of 209 metros
> Population: 550,391

27. Burlington, NC
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 70.1 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 820 — 96th lowest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 686 — 82nd lowest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 477.7 — 51st highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 407.6 — 71st highest of 209 metros
> Population: 169,509

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26. Bakersfield, CA
> 1-yr. change in violent crime rate: 71.2 more crimes per 100k people
> Violent crimes reported in 2020: 6,216 — 21st highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes reported in 2019: 5,567 — 22nd highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2020: 692.3 — 15th highest of 209 metros
> Violent crimes per 100K people in 2019: 621.1 — 17th highest of 209 metros
> Population: 900,202

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