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24/7 Wall St.: America's Most Dangerous

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2. Manchester-Nashua, NH

5-year Increase in violent crime rate: 61.7%

Violent crime per 100,000 (2006): 157.4

Violent crime per 100,000 (2011): 254.5

Murders per 100,000: 2.0

In the Manchester-Nashua area, the violent crime rate increased by more than 60%. The reason for the increase was mostly due to a spike in the aggravated assaults rate, which rose from 75.5 incidents per 100,000 incidents to 155.5 incidents in 2011. In the metro area’s two largest cities, Manchester and Nashua, the violent crime rate has been increasing for a long period of time. Between 1985 and 2010, the violent crime rate in Nashua jumped 151%, while the violent crime rate in Manchester soared 145%. However, most of the surrounding smaller cities and towns actually saw a decrease in the violent crime rate during that period.

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