FBI Releases Most Dangerous Cities List

September 23, 2013

Chicago registered more homicides than any city in the nation in 2012, overtaking New York, according to the latest crime statistics released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 

In 2012, Chicago registered 500 murders, an increase from 431 in 2011. Meanwhile, New York saw its murder count decrease last year, falling from 515 to 419.

While Chicago and New York have the highest number of murders, Flint, Mich., has the highest murder rate’s per its population. Flint had 63 murders in 2012. With a population of 101,632, that means one in every 1,613 of its residents were homicide victims, according to FBI data. 

Violent crime rose by 0.7 percent across the country. The increase comes after a decade of falling numbers. 

By region, more than 40 percent of all violent crimes occurred in the South, accounting for 37.4 percent of the nation’s population. The FBI reports that violent crime was less likely to be reported in the Northeast and Midwest.

The following 15 cities reported more than 100 murders in 2012, according to FBI statistics: 

  • Chicago (500) 
  • New York (419) 
  • Detroit (386) 
  • Philadelphia (331) 
  • Los Angeles (299) 
  • Baltimore (219) 
  • Houston (217) 
  • New Orleans (193) 
  • Dallas (154) 
  • Memphis (133) 
  • Oakland (126)
  • Phoenix (124) 
  • St. Louis (113) 
  • Kansas City (105) 
  • Indianapolis (101)

Washington, D.C., which once had one of the worst crime rates in the nation, reported 88 murders in 2012. 

Source: “FBI: Chicago passes New York as murder capital of U.S.,” The Washington Post (Sept. 18, 2013)

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