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

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4. Odessa, Texas

5-year Increase in Violent Crime Rate: 158.7
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2005): 499.5
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2010): 658.2
Murders per 100,000: 5.2

The number of violent crimes committed in Odessa increased nearly 32% from 2005 to 2010. In 2010, there were 658.2 violent crimes per 100,000 people, significantly more than the national rate of 403.6. Meanwhile, the number of robberies jumped from 76 to 110. The number of aggravated assaults increased from 535 to 741. Twenty percent of the city’s population lives below the poverty line, well above the national average.

(AP Photo/LM Otero)

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