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24/7 Wall St.: America's Most Dangerous

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1. Redding, Calif.

5-year Increase in violent crime rate: 103.4%

Violent crime per 100,000 (2006): 357.0

Violent crime per 100,000 (2011): 726.1

Murders per 100,000: 3.3

Redding is the only metropolitan area in America where the violent crime rate has doubled since 2006. In the five-year span, the aggravated assault rate rose 134.1%, the second-largest increase of all metro areas, while the rate of robberies rose 57.3%, the fifth-largest increase. The only good news in terms of violent crime is that the number of murders decreased slightly from eight to six. The city’s newspaper, The Record Searchlight, noted in 2011 that Redding’s police department employed the same number of officers as it did in 1995, when 12,000 fewer people lived there.

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