Preliminary figures show that law enforcement agencies throughout the U.S. have seen an overall increase of 1.7 percent in the number of violent crimes brought to their attention for the first 6 months of 2015 when compared with figures reported for the same time in 2014, according to federal authorities.
Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon.
The following list is based on the total number of violent crimes per resident, a way to compare crime rates between communities with varying populations. The numbers for all cities in the FBI report – several thousand – were calculated and reviewed.
Detroit is not the most violent city in the country anymore, but it’s not even the most dangerous in the state. In fact, it was one of few on the list that has seen a decrease in all crimes that are considered violent. Most of the time the biggest cities are not the worst places to live in terms of safety – the number of crime is higher but the numbers of residents is much, much higher.