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

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6. Muncie, Ind.

5-year increase in violent crime rate: 47.9%

Violent crime per 100,000 (2006): 344.1

Violent crime per 100,000 (2011): 509.0

Murders per 100,000: 1.7

Muncie’s violent crime rate rose by nearly 48% between 2006 and 2011, with the aggravated assault rate increasing by nearly 80% and the robbery rate increasing by nearly 16%. Ball State University, located in Muncie, was recently ranked the 11th most dangerous college by Business Insider, which looked at both violent and property crime data from the FBI between 2008 and 2011. Despite all this, both Muncie’s police force and fire department were downsized in 2009 due to a nearly $4 million budget shortfall.

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