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

9. Albany, Ga.

5-year Increase in Violent Crime Rate: 31.2%

Violent Crime per 100,000 (2006): 402.2

Violent Crime per 100,000

Murders per 100,000: 10.0

Higher rates of aggravated assaults in Albany primarily drove a substantial increase in the region’s violent crime rate. The rate of these offenses increased by more than 66%, the 10th-highest increase among all metro areas. Meanwhile, the murder rate increased by 53.8% with 16 murders were recorded in the metropolitan area of just under 160,000 people in 2011, up from 11 murders in 2006. Of particular concern is East Albany, a poor district with high rates of drug use and street gangs.

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