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24/7 Wall St.: Cities Where Violent Crime Is Soaring

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7. Napa, California

5-year Increase in Violent Crime Rate: 122
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2005): 358.1
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2010): 480.1
Murders per 100,000: 1.5

The Napa County MSA is located to the northeast of San Francisco. The area fared poorly, as did much of California, between 2005 and 2010. The poverty rate jumped from 7% to 11.7% and unemployment more than doubled. Violent crime increased from 358.1 per 100,000 people (below the national average) to 480.1 per 100,000 (well above the national average.) According to the Napa Valley Register, local residents were asked what their top concerns were, and one of the biggest was violent crime. In response to rising crime, especially related to youth gangs, the county has drafted a Gang and Youth Violence Master Plan to help law enforcement officials.

(AP Photo/Eric Risberg)

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