Detroit is the most dangerous city with a population over 200,000 for a third year in a row. Although Detroit remains at the top of the list, its violent crime decreased by about 4 percent. Indianapolis, Indiana also makes its first appearance on the list this year at number 10. All statistics are based on 2014 data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Report. Check out the slideshow below for the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000.
Detroit, Michigan is the most dangerous city with a population over 200,000 for the third year in a row. Although Detroit remains at the top of the list, it did experience another decrease in crime, with its violent crime rate going down by 4 percent in 2014. The city saw a decrease in three of the four categories of violent crime, with drops in the number of murders, rapes, and robberies. Detroit had 18 fewer murders in 2014 than it did in the previous year, putting its total at the lowest point in 47 years. Over half of the city’s violent crimes were aggravated assaults, which went up by about 4.5 percent from the previous year. Detroit’s downward trending crime is a good sign for the city, which has been plagued with challenges after it declared bankruptcy in the summer of 2013.
Violent Crime Rate: 1,989/100,000 people
Murder Rate: 44/100,000 people
Officer to Population Ratio:1:295
Rank Last Year:#1
Research and analysis by Law Street’s Crime in America Team: Kevin Rizzo, Alexis Evans, and Anneliese Mahoney.
Memphis, Tennessee moved up a spot in this year’s rankings, ranking #2 after its violent crime rate increased by about 5 percent in 2014. Memphis’s increase in crime happened across every category of violent crime. The largest increases occurred in the number of rapes and murders, which went up by 14.5 percent and 13 percent respectively. The number of murders also hit an eight-year high, with 140 in 2014. The city had 501 rapes, 3,285 robberies, and 7,473 aggravated assaults.
Violent Crime Rate: 1,741/100,000 people
Murder Rate: 21/100,000 people
Officer to Population Ratio: 1:293
Rank Last Year:#3
Although Oakland, California only moved down one spot in this year’s rankings, it experienced a notable decrease in violent crime of nearly 15 percent. With the exception of rape, the city saw a decrease in every category of violent crime. But the overall drop in violent crime rate is largely due to a significantly lower number of robberies. Oakland reported nearly 1,500 fewer robberies in 2014 than it did in 2013, a decrease of about 30 percent. The city’s violent crime rate reached a 15 year high in 2012, and the 2014 decrease brings its crime rate down significantly from that peak. The city had 80 murders, 209 rapes, 3,481 robberies, and 3,140 aggravated assaults.
Violent Crime Rate:1,685/100,000 people
Murder Rate:20/100,000 people
Officer to Population Ratio:1:573
Rank Last Year:#2