: 262,484 Violent crime rate
: 1,238 per 100,000 residents
Buffalo's crime rate has fallen steadily since the 1990s, along with the rest of the country, but with 30% of its residents below the poverty level, police are having difficulty driving the rate lower. Intensified gang sweeps helped reduce Buffalo's murder rate to its lowest level in a decade last year.
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