5-year Increase in Violent Crime Rate: 123.8
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2005): 674.9
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2010): 771.7
Murders per 100,000: 4.4
Like other metro areas with rising violent crime, Lawton’s economic conditions are all over the map. Poverty rates above median income are bad, but unemployment rate is particularly good, standing at 6.4% in 2010. The violent crime rate of 674.9 per 100,000 residents in 2005 was one of the highest in the country. The number rose to 771.7 last year, the 15th highest in the U.S. According to NewsOK, while violent crime has increased in the region, law enforcement staffing has actually decreased.
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