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

10. Worcester, Massachusetts

5-year Increase in Violent Crime Rate: 96.5
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2005): 374.4
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2010): 470.9
Murders per 100,000: 1.7

The rate of violent crime in the Worcester area increased more than 25% between 2005 and 2010. The increase is driven by the number of assaults. In 2005, there were fewer than 2,000 counts of aggravated assault in the region. The number increased nearly 50% by 2010 to 2,974. The region has a high median income — more than $10,000 per household above the national rate — below-average unemployment and low poverty. Despite these positive factors, Worcester’s violent crime rate, 470.9 per 100,000 residents, is well above the national average of 403.6.

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