Violent Crime Per 1,000: 15.3
Median Income: $51,473 (2.4% above national average)
Unemployment Rate: 11% (2% above national average)
Oakland’s violent crime dropped about 5.5% between 2009 and 2010, from about 6,800 to 6,260. The city nevertheless has the tenth-highest rate of rape, the ninth-highest murder rate, and the second highest robbery rate in the country. In 2010, there were 7.12 robberies for every 1,000 Oakland residents. According to an article in the San Fransisco Chronicle, Mayor Jean Quan has attempted to combat break-ins and theft by creating programs to keep potential wrongdoers off the streets by starting late-night basketball programs. It it unclear if these policies have worked. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma) 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.