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

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8. Bismarck, North Dakota

5-year Increase in Violent Crime Rate: 118.6
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2005): 109.9
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2010): 228.5
Murders per 100,000: 1.8

In 2010, the Bismarck MSA, which includes Bismark and Mandan counties, had the lowest unemployment rate in the country — just 3.9% compared to a national average of 9.6%. Despite Bismarck’s extremely low unemployment, healthy median income and poverty rates well below the U.S. average, violent crime more than doubled between 2005 and 2010. The rise was driven by a substantial increase in aggravated assaults reported in the area. In 2005, there were just 35 cases of assault within the city limits. In 2010, that number increased nearly five times to 158. According to a report in the Bismarck Tribune, Grand Forks Police Chief John Packett said, “The total numbers are relatively low, although they are serious.” While the violent crime rate has gone up dramatically, it is still well below the national average.

(AP Photo/Will Kincaid)

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