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.


baltimore maryland highest crime
  • Crime index*: 2.61
  • Population: 626,848
  • Murder rate (per 100,000): 31.3

Labeled a "high-intensity" drug trafficking area by the Department of Justice, Baltimore has seen an increase in gang-related activity over the past several years.

The city recorded 196 murders in 2011 -- the fifth highest murder rate in the nation -- and roughly 70% of the victims were involved in the drug trade, according to the Baltimore Police Department.

The city also landed in the top 10 for both robberies (ranking seventh) and assaults (placing ninth).

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.
  @CNNMoney - Last updated January 23 2013 03:22 PM ET

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