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

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5. Rapid City, S.D.

5-year increase in violent crime rate: 50.5%

Violent crime per 100,000 (2006): 269.5

Violent crime per 100,000 (2011): 405.7

Murders per 100,000: 3.1

Rapid City is just one of five metropolitan areas where the violent crime rate increased by more than 50%. The aggravated assault rate increased by more than 64%, while the robbery rate increased by 42%. The property crime rate increased 19% in the Rapid City area, despite a decline of more than 13% across the U.S. Rapid City’s increase in the property crime rate includes the second-largest increase in the motor vehicle theft rate and the sixth-largest increase in the larceny rate. Across the country, larceny rates decreased by 10.7%, while the motor vehicle theft rate decreased by 42.6%.

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