Preliminary figures show that law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. saw an overall increase of 5.3 percent in the number of violent crimes for the first half of 2016 when compared with figures reported for the same period in 2015, according to the FBI.
Violent crime is composed of four offenses – murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Such misconducts are defined as those offenses which involve force or threat of force.
The data addresses violent crimes and property crimes independently. The latter include burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson, or cases where there is no force against the victims.
The number of property crimes in the country from January to June of 2016 decreased 0.6 percent when compared with data for the same time period in 2015.
The following list is based on FBI data of violent crime rates in cities with at least 100,000 people. The agency collects the information through the Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, which includes the number of reported offenses. This ranking is based on the number of offenses known to law enforcement for the first six months of 2015 and 2016.