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.

Atlanta

atlanta georgia highest crime
  • Crime index*: 2.66
  • Population: 425,533
  • Murder rate (per 100,000): 20.7

In Atlanta, violent crimes have been a particular problem. Aggravated assaults, typically attacks with deadly weapons, were up 3% since 2010, to the fifth-highest rate among U.S. cities. Robberies jumped by even more, up 8%.

But there were signs of improvement in some areas. There were five fewer murders in 2011 and property crimes edged slightly lower.

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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