FBI ranks St. Louis top US city for violent crime

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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) – The Gateway City takes the top spot in a list of violent US cities released by the FBI. St. Louis ranks number one in the first half of 2015 for rape, robbery, aggravated assault, and murder. There were 88.1 violent crimes per 10,000 residents.

Is the “Ferguson Effect” a reason for a spike in violent crime? U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch said there is no data to support the contention that criticism of policing tactics are prompting officers to hold back and is therefore leading to a spike in crime.

The top violent US cities includes Memphis, Tennessee, Detroit, Michigan, Birmingham, Alabama, and Rockford, Illinois. The FBI’s ranking of violent cities does not include towns with populations under 100,000.

The list was released in the FBI’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report from January to June 2015.  You can read the full report here.

The most violent cities in each state, with crime rates per 10,000 residents

1. St. Louis, Missouri: 88.1
2. Memphis, Tennessee: 84.2
3. Detroit, Michigan: 83.4
4. Birmingham, Alabama: 82.8
5. Rockford, Illinois: 76.3
6. Baltimore, Maryland: 67.7
7. Stockton, California: 67.4
8. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: 65.3
9. Cleveland, Ohio: 61.5
10. Hartford, Connecticut: 55.8
11. Atlanta, Georgia: 55.7
12. Springfield, Massachusetts: 54.4
13. Anchorage, Alaska: 53.6
14. Tallahassee, Florida: 52.8
15. Odessa, Texas: 51.8
16. Newark, New Jersey: 50.2
17. Buffalo, New York: 50.2
18. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: 49.1
19. Albuquerque, New Mexico: 48.2
20. Wichita, Kansas: 45.5
21. North Las Vegas, Nevada: 43.4
22. Jackson, Mississippi: 43.2
23. Durham, North Carolina: 42.8
24. New Orleans, Louisiana: 42.7
25. Tulsa, Oklahoma: 41.5
26. Pueblo, Colorado: 41.6
27. Des Moines, Iowa: 38.7
28. Salt Lake City, Utah: 38.2
29. Tacoma, Washington: 36.6
30. North Charleston, South Carolina: 34.8
31. Tucson, Arizona: 32.4
32. South Bend, Indiana: 32.2
33. Louisville, Kentucky: 30.2
34. Manchester, New Hampshire: 28.9
35. Providence, Rhode Island: 26.6
36. Norfolk, Virginia: 24.5
37. Billings, Montana: 21.1
38. Sioux Falls, South Dakota: 20.6
39. Lincoln, Nebraska: 17.4
40. Eugene, Oregon: 15.3
41. Fargo, North Dakota: 14.6
42. Boise, Idaho: 13.5
43. Honolulu, Hawaii: 11.6

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