Murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault are thriving in these cities. In 2016 alone, 386 violent crimes were reported per 100,000 US citizens, according to the FBI.
In fact, the incidence of violent crime in America remains practically the same from 5 years ago, and the rates only tell part of the story. The reasons behind the surging violence differ from one city to another, from poor socioeconomic conditions to increasing drug-related violence.
According to reviews of FBI data for nearly two hundred metropolitan areas on a national level, here are 12 cities with the top highly surging crime rates in the United States.
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#12. Monroe, LA
Half-decade violent crime rate change: +85.5 percent.
Total violent crime rate in 2011: 1,139 victims.
Total violent crime rate in 2016: 2,126 victims.
Unemployment rate: 4.7 percent .
Poverty rate: 24 percent.
the Monroe, Louisiana, metro area experience a terrifyingly tremendous surge in violent crime of 85.5 percent over the last half-decade, which is the biggest increase of any metro area nationwide. As a consequence, the city registered more than 2,100 victims in 2016 alone.
The areas that are suffering economically are at bigger risk of elevated crime rates. As for Monroe, 24 percent of the population lives in poverty, which is far higher than the national poverty rate of 14 percent.
#11. Sioux Falls, SD
Half-decade violent crime rate change: +80.4 percent.
Total violent crime rate in 2011: 497 victims.
Total violent crime rate in 2016: 994 victims.
Unemployment rate: 3.1 percent.
Poverty rate: 8.9 percent.
The violent crime rate in Sioux Falls has been rising steadily almost every year over the previous five years, resulting in a total surge of more than 80 percent in the metro area.
However, Sioux Falls is still regarded less dangerous than Rapid City, which witnessed 495 violent crimes per 100,000 people in 2016. Unfortunately, drug-related crimes are on the rise in the area as well as the whole country.
#10. Michigan City-LaPorte, IN
Half-decade violent crime rate change: +79.5 percent.
Total violent crime rate in 2011: 188 victims.
Total violent crime rate in 2016: 333 victims.
Unemployment rate: 4.2 percent.
Poverty rate: 16.2 percent.
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