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

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7. Billings, Mont.

5-year Increase in violent crime rate: 42.6%

Violent crime per 100,000 (2006): 183.8

Violent crime per 100,000 (2011): 262.1

Murders per 100,000: 1.9

Like nearly all metropolitan areas on this list, Billings’ violent crime rate went up despite fewer murders and robberies because of an increase in aggravated assaults. The rate soared by over 68% between 2006 and 2011, the ninth-highest increase of all metro areas. Despite this, there were only 262.1 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in 2011, well below the national average rate of 386.3 violent crimes per 100,000.

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