The list, compiled by neighborhood search engine NeighborhoodScout, is based on the most up-to-date reports of violent crimes from all law enforcement agencies. Violent crimes include “murder, rape, armed robbery, and aggravated assault,” meaning that theft and burglary data is not taken into consideration.
Small and mid-sized cities dominate the 2016 list. With a population of 680,250, Detroit, MI–the third most dangerous city in America–is one of the largest cities included. Detroit averages just over 20 violent crimes per 1000 residents every year. For comparison, the national average is 3.72.
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