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24/7 Wall St.: Cities Where Violent Crime Is Soaring

2. Victoria, Texas

5-year Increase in Violent Crime Rate: 213.8
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2005): 352.9
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2010): 566.7
Murders per 100,000: 6.9

Though Victoria’s population has remained roughly the same since 2005, the number of violent crimes increased 68% between 2005 and 2010. Median household income increased substantially during that time, growing from $36,500 to $45,800. Meanwhile, the poverty rate grew from 15.4% to 19.5% and unemployment stayed relatively low at 7.6% in 2010. The number of aggravated assaults rose dramatically. There were 297 cases in 2005 and 497 in 2010. However, the number of property crimes, which include burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft, decreased by nearly 300 incidents per capita.

(AP Photo/Ron Heflin)

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