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

5. Mobile, Alabama

5-year Increase in Violent Crime Rate: 137
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2005): 397.1
Violent Crime per 100,000 (2010): 534.1
Murders per 100,000: 7.4

Mobile is one of the poorest cities in the U.S. In 2010, more than 20% of the residents lived below the poverty line. In that same year, 12.8% of Mobile households earned less than $10,000. While certain types of violent crime, including murder and robbery, actually declined between 2005 and 2010, the total rate jumped by 35% because of a massive rise in cases of aggravated assault.

(AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

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