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Crime Trends in the US: Which 50 Cities Have the Most Dramatic Changes

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Which US cities are getting more dangerous over time? Which are getting safer? The team at YLS tracked down FBI crime trends from 2006 to 2016 to determine which US cities have seen the sharpest increases and decreases in crime over the past 10 years. Check out the interactive crime map below to see how your city stacks up – click on the legend below the map to toggle between safe and dangerous cities.

25 U.S. Cities Becoming Safer25 U.S. Cities Becoming More Dangerous

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1 Salisbury, MD See stats
2 Riviera Beach, FL See stats
3 Norristown, PA See stats
4 Saginaw, MI See stats
5 Princeton, WV See stats
6 Ypsilanti, MI See stats
7 North Little Rock, AR See stats
8 Florence, SC See stats
9 Dallas, TX See stats
10 Easton, PA See stats
11 Baton Rouge, LA See stats
12 Humboldt, TN See stats
13 Toppenish, WA See stats
14 Reading, PA See stats
15 Youngstown, OH See stats
16 Eloy, AZ See stats
17 Newport, KY See stats
18 Grand Rapids, MI See stats
19 Three Rivers, MI See stats
20 Irvington, NJ See stats
21 Flagstaff, AZ See stats
22 Sacramento, CA See stats
23 Conway, SC See stats
24 North Charleston, SC See stats
25 Allentown, PA See stats
1 Charleston, WV See stats
2 Hayti, MO See stats
3 Kodiak, AK See stats
4 Marion, AR See stats
5 Cleveland Heights, OH See stats
6 Sweetwater, TN See stats
7 Scottsville, KY See stats
8 Bastrop, TX See stats
9 Lumberton, NC See stats
10 Port Lavaca, TX See stats
11 Kyle, TX See stats
12 Alma, MI See stats
13 Brinkley, AR See stats
14 Gonzales, LA See stats
15 Trinidad, CO See stats
16 Hohenwald, TN See stats
17 Sweetwater, TX See stats
18 Bethel, AK See stats
19 Stilwell, OK See stats
20 Clarkston, WA See stats
21 Pueblo, CO See stats
22 Burkburnett, TX See stats
23 Portland, TX See stats
24 Brown Deer, WI See stats
25 Aiken, SC See stats
  • Dangerous Cities
  • Safest Cities
1 Salisbury, MD
  • Violent Crime -126%
  • Murder -1%
  • Robbery -49%
  • Assault -69%
  • Property Crime -472%
  • Burglary -171%
  • Larceny -265%
  • Vehicle -34%
  • Arson -5%
2 Riviera Beach, FL
  • Violent Crime -124%
  • Murder -0.2%
  • Robbery -57%
  • Assault -69%
  • Property Crime -526%
  • Burglary -222%
  • Larceny -200%
  • Vehicle -103%
  • Arson -4%
3 Norristown, PA
  • Violent Crime -127%
  • Murder -1%
  • Robbery -53%
  • Assault -66%
  • Property Crime -362%
  • Burglary -88%
  • Larceny -227%
  • Vehicle -46%
  • Arson -2%
4 Saginaw, MI
  • Violent Crime -151%
  • Murder -2%
  • Robbery -33%
  • Assault -113%
  • Property Crime -283%
  • Burglary -159%
  • Larceny -76%
  • Vehicle -47%
  • Arson -22%
5 Princeton, WV
  • Violent Crime -82%
  • Murder -1%
  • Robbery -9%
  • Assault -71%
  • Property Crime -426%
  • Burglary -43%
  • Larceny -354%
  • Vehicle -28%
  • Arson -8%
6 Ypsilanti, MI
  • Violent Crime -52%
  • Murder -1%
  • Robbery -13%
  • Assault -40%
  • Property Crime -330%
  • Burglary -109%
  • Larceny -181%
  • Vehicle -38%
  • Arson -2%
7 North Little Rock, AR
  • Violent Crime -70%
  • Murder -0.5%
  • Robbery -23%
  • Assault -37%
  • Property Crime -510%
  • Burglary -134%
  • Larceny -341%
  • Vehicle -34%
  • Arson -1%
8 Florence, SC
  • Violent Crime -58%
  • Murder -0.9%
  • Robbery -29%
  • Assault -27%
  • Property Crime -348%
  • Burglary -39%
  • Larceny -272%
  • Vehicle -36%
  • Arson -6%
9 Dallas, TX
  • Violent Crime -44%
  • Murder -0.2%
  • Robbery -20%
  • Assault -24%
  • Property Crime -345%
  • Burglary -90%
  • Larceny -201%
  • Vehicle -54%
  • Arson -5%
10 Easton, PA
  • Violent Crime -35%
  • Murder -1%
  • Robbery -7%
  • Assault -23%
  • Property Crime -376%
  • Burglary -54%
  • Larceny -258%
  • Vehicle -63%
  • Arson -6%
11 Baton Rouge, LA
  • Violent Crime -46%
  • Murder -0.6%
  • Robbery -13%
  • Assault -33%
  • Property Crime -262%
  • Burglary -87%
  • Larceny -135%
  • Vehicle -40%
  • Arson -4%
12 Humboldt, TN
  • Violent Crime -26%
  • Murder -3%
  • Robbery -6%
  • Assault -16%
  • Property Crime -347%
  • Burglary -112%
  • Larceny -208%
  • Vehicle -26%
  • Arson -5%
13 Toppenish, WA
  • Violent Crime -26%
  • Murder -3%
  • Robbery -6%
  • Assault -16%
  • Property Crime -347%
  • Burglary -112%
  • Larceny -208%
  • Vehicle -26%
  • Arson -5%
14 Reading, PA
  • Violent Crime -55%
  • Murder 0%
  • Robbery -30%
  • Assault -24%
  • Property Crime -312%
  • Burglary -61%
  • Larceny -121%
  • Vehicle -129%
  • Arson -4%
15 Youngstown, OH
  • Violent Crime -55%
  • Murder -1%
  • Robbery -19%
  • Assault -32%
  • Property Crime -207%
  • Burglary -99%
  • Larceny -60%
  • Vehicle -46%
  • Arson -17%
16 Eloy, AZ
  • Violent Crime -37%
  • Murder 0%
  • Robbery -25%
  • Assault -9%
  • Property Crime -330%
  • Burglary -105%
  • Larceny -191%
  • Vehicle -33%
  • Arson -16%
17 Newport, KY
  • Violent Crime -41%
  • Murder -0.6%
  • Robbery -22%
  • Assault -8%
  • Property Crime -402%
  • Burglary -91%
  • Larceny -260%
  • Vehicle -49%
  • Arson -1%
18 Grand Rapids, MI
  • Violent Crime -31%
  • Murder -0.6%
  • Robbery -19%
  • Assault -15%
  • Property Crime -302%
  • Burglary -86%
  • Larceny -194%
  • Vehicle -20%
  • Arson -3%
19 Three Rivers, MI
  • Violent Crime -65%
  • Murder 0%
  • Robbery -12%
  • Assault -53%
  • Property Crime -326%
  • Burglary -123%
  • Larceny -189%
  • Vehicle -13%
  • Arson -4%
20 Irvington, NJ
  • Violent Crime -128%
  • Murder -2%
  • Robbery -62%
  • Assault -64%
  • Property Crime -305%
  • Burglary -95%
  • Larceny -114%
  • Vehicle -94%
  • Arson -0.2%
21 Flagstaff, AZ
  • Violent Crime -34%
  • Murder -0.5%
  • Robbery -10%
  • Assault -19%
  • Property Crime -274%
  • Burglary -47%
  • Larceny -203%
  • Vehicle -23%
  • Arson -6%
22 Sacramento, CA
  • Violent Crime -49%
  • Murder -0.4%
  • Robbery -24%
  • Assault -21%
  • Property Crime -258%
  • Burglary -72%
  • Larceny -87%
  • Vehicle -98%
  • Arson -2%
23 Conway, SC
  • Violent Crime -69%
  • Murder -0.8%
  • Robbery -19%
  • Assault -54%
  • Property Crime -289%
  • Burglary -90%
  • Larceny -245%
  • Vehicle -6%
  • Arson -2%
24 North Charleston, SC
  • Violent Crime -79%
  • Murder -0.2%
  • Robbery -35%
  • Assault -42%
  • Property Crime -289%
  • Burglary -68%
  • Larceny -153%
  • Vehicle -67%
  • Arson -0.9%
25 Allentown, PA
  • Violent Crime -55%
  • Murder -0.6%
  • Robbery -41%
  • Assault -013%
  • Property Crime -289%
  • Burglary -78%
  • Larceny -187%
  • Vehicle -22%
  • Arson -1%
1 Charleston, WV
  • Violent Crime 55%
  • Murder 2%
  • Robbery 8%
  • Assault 41%
  • Property Crime 102%
  • Burglary 49%
  • Larceny 36%
  • Vehicle 15%
  • Arson 2%
2 Hayti, MO
  • Violent Crime 83%
  • Murder 3%
  • Robbery 18%
  • Assault 68%
  • Property Crime 41%
  • Burglary 15%
  • Larceny -8%
  • Vehicle 34%
  • Arson 18%
3 Kodiak, AK
  • Violent Crime 59%
  • Murder 1%
  • Robbery 4%
  • Assault 51%
  • Property Crime 114%
  • Burglary 19%
  • Larceny 91%
  • Vehicle 3%
  • Arson 0.01%
4 Marion, AR
  • Violent Crime 49%
  • Murder 0.8%
  • Robbery 15%
  • Assault 24%
  • Property Crime 88%
  • Burglary -12%
  • Larceny 91%
  • Vehicle 9%
  • Arson 4%
5 Cleveland Heights, OH
  • Violent Crime 28%
  • Murder 0.4%
  • Robbery 14%
  • Assault 11%
  • Property Crime 97%
  • Burglary 9%
  • Larceny 83%
  • Vehicle 3%
  • Arson 0.6%
6 Sweetwater, TN
  • Violent Crime 31%
  • Murder 1%
  • Robbery 0.1%
  • Assault 33%
  • Property Crime 92%
  • Burglary 77%
  • Larceny -8%
  • Vehicle 23%
  • Arson 1.8%
7 Scottsville, KY
  • Violent Crime 24%
  • Murder 2%
  • Robbery 4%
  • Assault 6%
  • Property Crime 216%
  • Burglary 60%
  • Larceny 122%
  • Vehicle 33%
  • Arson 0%
8 Bastrop, TX
  • Violent Crime 24%
  • Murder 3%
  • Robbery 2%
  • Assault 12%
  • Property Crime 69%
  • Burglary -9%
  • Larceny 62%
  • Vehicle 16%
  • Arson 1%
9 Lumberton, NC
  • Violent Crime 60%
  • Murder 1%
  • Robbery 6%
  • Assault 54%
  • Property Crime 272%
  • Burglary 134%
  • Larceny 158%
  • Vehicle -20%
  • Arson 5%
10 Port Lavaca, TX
  • Violent Crime 64%
  • Murder 1%
  • Robbery 3%
  • Assault 52%
  • Property Crime 80%
  • Burglary 59%
  • Larceny 27%
  • Vehicle -6%
  • Arson 0.7%
11 Kyle, TX
  • Violent Crime 18%
  • Murder 0.8%
  • Robbery 1%
  • Assault 13%
  • Property Crime 90%
  • Burglary 8%
  • Larceny 67%
  • Vehicle 14%
  • Arson -0.2%
12 Alma, MI
  • Violent Crime 13%
  • Murder 1%
  • Robbery 0%
  • Assault 8%
  • Property Crime 138%
  • Burglary 8%
  • Larceny 138%
  • Vehicle 2%
  • Arson 3%
13 Brinkley, AR
  • Violent Crime 95%
  • Murder 0%
  • Robbery 0.7%
  • Assault 95%
  • Property Crime 376%
  • Burglary -2%
  • Larceny 352%
  • Vehicle 14%
  • Arson 7%
14 Gonzales, LA
  • Violent Crime 9%
  • Murder 0.9%
  • Robbery 9%
  • Assault -6%
  • Property Crime 557%
  • Burglary 10%
  • Larceny 507%
  • Vehicle 13%
  • Arson 0.9%
15 Trinidad, CO
  • Violent Crime 13%
  • Murder 0%
  • Robbery 9%
  • Assault 3%
  • Property Crime 384%
  • Burglary 36%
  • Larceny 260%
  • Vehicle 16%
  • Arson 6%
16 Hohenwald, TN
  • Violent Crime 67%
  • Murder 0%
  • Robbery 0.1%
  • Assault 65%
  • Property Crime 252%
  • Burglary 107%
  • Larceny 187%
  • Vehicle 6%
  • Arson 10%
17 Sweetwater, TX
  • Violent Crime 12%
  • Murder 0%
  • Robbery 0.1%
  • Assault 11%
  • Property Crime 181%
  • Burglary 58%
  • Larceny 114%
  • Vehicle 15%
  • Arson 0%
18 Bethel, AK
  • Violent Crime 119%
  • Murder 3%
  • Robbery 13%
  • Assault 62%
  • Property Crime 176%
  • Burglary 5%
  • Larceny 133%
  • Vehicle 37%
  • Arson 3%
19 Stilwell, OK
  • Violent Crime 22%
  • Murder 4%
  • Robbery -0.3%
  • Assault 8%
  • Property Crime 153%
  • Burglary 113%
  • Larceny 17%
  • Vehicle 22%
  • Arson 0%
20 Clarkston, WA
  • Violent Crime 20%
  • Murder 1%
  • Robbery 2%
  • Assault 9%
  • Property Crime 271%
  • Burglary 49%
  • Larceny 237%
  • Vehicle -15%
  • Arson 1%
21 Pueblo, CO
  • Violent Crime 38%
  • Murder 0.2%
  • Robbery 4%
  • Assault 23%
  • Property Crime 80%
  • Burglary 25%
  • Larceny -8%
  • Vehicle 63%
  • Arson -0.7%
22 Burkburnett, TX
  • Violent Crime 40%
  • Murder 0%
  • Robbery 2%
  • Assault 34%
  • Property Crime 162%
  • Burglary -1%
  • Larceny 144%
  • Vehicle 19%
  • Arson 0.9%
23 Portland, TX
  • Violent Crime 0.8%
  • Murder 0.6%
  • Robbery 1%
  • Assault 0.7%
  • Property Crime 123%
  • Burglary 25%
  • Larceny 99%
  • Vehicle 9%
  • Arson 0.6%
24 Brown Deer, WI
  • Violent Crime 24%
  • Murder 0.8%
  • Robbery 6%
  • Assault 13%
  • Property Crime 59%
  • Burglary -13%
  • Larceny 61%
  • Vehicle 11%
  • Arson 0%
25 Aiken, SC
  • Violent Crime 25%
  • Murder 0.003%
  • Robbery 2%
  • Assault 17%
  • Property Crime 135%
  • Burglary 19%
  • Larceny 111%
  • Vehicle 4%
  • Arson 1%

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25 Cities Becoming More Dangerous
These 25 cities have increased in all types of crime over the past decade. Charleston, WV, tops the list with double the arson counts from 2006 to 2016 and more than 200 additional cases of violent crime—even with a population decrease. In fact, several of the bottom 10 cities have had a decrease in population, which means their crimes per capita have increased all the more dramatically.

1. Charleston, West Virginia
2. Hayti, Missouri
3. Kodiak, Alaska
4. Marion, Arkansas
5. Cleveland Heights, Ohio
6. Sweetwater, Tennessee
7. Scottsville, Kentucky
8. Bastrop, Texas
9. Lumberton, North Carolina
10. Port Lavaca, Texas
11. Kyle, Texas
12. Alma, Michigan
13. Brinkley, Arkansas
14. Gonzales, Louisiana
15. Trinidad, Colorado
16. Hohenwald, Tennessee
17. Sweetwater, Texas
18. Bethel, Alaska
19. Stilwell, Oklahoma
20. Clarkston, Washington
21. Pueblo, Colorado
22. Burkburnett, Texas
23. Portland, Texas
24. Brown Deer, Wisconsin
25. Aiken, South Carolina

25 Cities Becoming Safer
These cities earned a spot in the Top 25 because they experienced the greatest decrease in criminal activity for the six types of crime we measured. The city with the most improvement from 2006 to 2016 is Salisbury, MD. It improved substantially in several areas, including a 100% decrease in arson and 63% decrease in burglary.

1. Salisbury, Maryland
2. Riviera Beach, Florida
3. Norristown, Pennsylvania
4. Saginaw, Michigan
5. Princeton, West Virginia
6. Ypsilanti, Michigan
7. North Little Rock, Arkansas
8. Florence, South Carolina
9. Dallas, Texas
10. Easton, Pennsylvania
11. Baton Rouge, Louisiana
12. Humboldt, Tennessee
13. Toppenish, Washington
14. Reading, Pennsylvania
15. Youngstown, Ohio
16. Eloy, Arizona
17. Newport, Kentucky
18. Grand Rapids, Michigan
19. Three Rivers, Michigan
20. Irvington, New Jersey
21. Flagstaff, Arizona
22. Sacramento, California
23. Conway, South Carolina
24. North Charleston, South Carolina
25. Allentown, Pennsylvania

Methodology
We looked at FBI statistics for US cities in 2006 and 2016 to determine the amount of reported crime, including violent crime, murder, robbery, assault, property crime, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, and arson for each city. Rape numbers were not included because the definition of rape was changed between 2006 and 2016. Cities were not taken into consideration if they were missing any year or crime data, if the population from those cities were below the median population in the state, or if there were changes in the state or local agency’s reporting practices. A total of 3,483 US cities were evaluated.

Staying Safe in Your City
No matter how your city stacks up for crime, there are ways you can help keep your home and family safe. Installing a home security system is the perfect way to start.

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