Violent crime in the United States continues to fall. Between 2006 and 2011, the violent crime rate — including crimes such as murder, robbery and aggravated assault — in the U.S. fell 19.4%, according to from FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. But in a minority of metropolitan areas, violent crime has been on the rise. In 24 metro areas, violent crime increased at least 10% between 2006 and 2011, and in 15 it increased by at least 20%. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed the 10 metropolitan areas with the largest increase in the rate of violent crime per 100,000 residents.
Based on data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report, 24/7 Wall St. identified the metropolitan areas with the highest increase in violent crime between 2006 and 2011. The UCR measures the number of violent crimes, as well as the rate per 100,000 people for all U.S. metropolitan areas in both 2006 and 2011, along with the number and rates of different crimes categorized as violent crimes, such as murder, robbery and aggravated assault. We also reviewed property crime – which includes motor vehicle theft, burglary, and larceny, for these metropolitan areas from the UCR. Finally, we reviewed unemployment data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for these communities.
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