The FBI recently trumpeted the news that violent crime dropped 5.5% in 2010 while reported property crimes fell 2.8% during the depths of the worst economic slowdown since the Great Depression. The news, though, is far from positive.
A 24/7 Wall St. review of 2010 FBI crime data shows violent crime rose in a several of the largest and poorest cities in the US, particularly those which have been in decline for some time. Even when crime rates dropped, older urban areas still had more violent crime than other cities. Philadelphia, Cleveland, Buffalo and Hartford finished high on the FBI’s list but failed to make the final 24/7 Wall St. ranking.
24/7 Wall St. looked at the ten most crime-plagued cities in the U.S. with populations of more than 100,000. They used a measurement of crimes per thousand people which is part of the new FBI database to determine the order. They compared these figures to unemployment rates and median income. The recession may have ended, but crime has not eased in these troubled cities nor will it anytime soon. (AP Photo/Amel Emric) More From 24/7 Wall St.: The Ten States Running Out of Water Ten States Profiting Most from Sin The 15 Most Hated Companies in America The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.