Most dangerous U.S. cities

Crime rates inched slightly higher in 2011. Here are the cities that reported the highest rates of murder, rape, robbery, assault, burglary and car theft, according to CQ Press' annual analysis of FBI data.

Newark, N.J.

newark new jersey highest crime
  • Crime index*: 2.82
  • Population: 278,064
  • Murder rate (per 100,000): 33.8

Newark's crime record appeared to be on the upswing a few years ago. March 2010 marked its first murder-free month in more than 40 years and shootings were down for three back-to-back years, falling 75% through 2009, Mayor Cory Booker told CNN in a televised interview.

But then budget constraints sparked by the recession forced the city to lay off one-sixth of its police force.

The rate of violent crime rose by more than 11% in 2011 compared with 2010. Street crimes spiked, with robberies up 23% and the city's robbery rate ranked third highest among the nation's cities.

Source: CQ Press compiled this index using data reported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's "Crime in the United States 2011."
*The crime index is a weighted average of six crime categories murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft. The national rate is 1 and any number higher than that indicates a higher than average incidence of crime.
**List includes cities with populations of 250,000 or more.
- Last updated January 23 2013 03:22 PM ET
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