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

4. Bend, Ore.

5-year increase in violent crime rate: 52.1%

Violent crime per 100,000 (2006): 217.8

Violent crime per 100,000 (2011): 331.2

Murders per 100,000: 1.3

There were 528 violent crimes in the Bend area in 2011, up from 313 in 2006. Experts often cite economic distress as a reason for increased crime, and Bend’s population was certainly hit hard by the recession. The unemployment rate in Bend was 14.1% in 2010 and 12.4% in 2011, both significantly above national figures of 9.6% and 8.9%, for the respective years. But the metro’s property crime rate between 2006 and 2011 actually decreased by more than 13%, including a 26% decrease in the burglary rate and a more than 58% decrease in the motor vehicle theft rate. Officials in 2010 told The Oregonian newspaper that much of the property crime decline could be attributed to a crackdown on methamphetamine.

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