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

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8. Pascagoula, Miss.

5-year Increase in violent crime rate: 35.8%

Violent Crime per 100,000 (2006): 247.7

Violent Crime per 100,000 (2011): 336.5

Murders per 100,000: 3.1

Despite the decrease in both murders and robberies, the violent crime rate rose by more than a third in the five-year timespan. The aggravated assault rate in Pascagoula more than doubled, one of just four metro areas with such an alarming trend. On the other hand, the property crime rate actually declined by 22.1%, the best relative improvement of any metro area on this list. Additionally, the number of burglaries decreased from 2,040 in 2006 to 1,628 in 2011, while motor vehicle theft declined by more than two-thirds. The decline in the motor vehicle theft rate in the Pascagoula area is among the 10 largest decreases of more than 300 metro areas.

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