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

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3. Albany, Georgia

5-year Increase in Violent Crime Rate: 191.2
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2005): 374.8
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2010): 566
Murders per 100,000: 8.7

Albany is one of the poorest MSA’s in the country. Median income is $34,002, more than $15,000 below the national average. In 2010, more than 15% of the region’s households made less than $10,000, and an incredible 27.7% of all households were living below the poverty line. The violent crime rate more than doubled between 2005 and 2010, with across-the-board increases in murders, robberies and aggravated assaults. According to WALB News, a task force was created to stop gang violence in 2009. The city’s chief of police reported nearly 300 arrests in one year.

(AP Photo/Todd Stone)

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