American Crime: Bad News for East St. Louis

Using data provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), RealtyTrac®, the nation’s leading source for comprehensive housing data, has ranked U.S. cities with populations over 25,000 in which violent crime has the highest per capita rate.

The FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting program defines violent crime as any of four offenses involving force or threat of force: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The good news is that nationally violent crime has been decreasing. From 2012 to 2013, all four categories dropped between 2.8 percent (for robbery) to 6.3 percent (for rape). But that’s cold comfort for residents of East St. Louis, Illinois, with a cumulative 1,350 violent crimes. With a population of 27,040 that’s nearly five percent. It’s also a full two percentage points higher than the second-place city, Flint, Michigan with 2.7 percent.

The rest are all under 2.5 percent. Those above two percent are listed here.

City Population  Number Violent Crimes  Per Capita %
East St. Louis, Illinois 27,040 1,350 0.050
Flint, Michigan 101,632 2,774 0.027
Camden, New Jersey 77,665 1,993 0.026
West Memphis, Arkansas 26,153 653 0.025
Saginaw, Michigan 51,267 1,211 0.024
Detroit, Michigan 707,096 15,011 0.021
Bessemer, Alabama 27,585 582 0.021
Chester, Pennsylvania 34,239 720 0.021


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