Yet, the cops are the enemy.. The 10 most dangerous cities in America By MarketWatch Published: Nov 20, 2014 5:00 a.m. ET The number of violent crimes reported in the U.S. fell by more than 4% last year, compared with the year before; and it’s down almost 15% in the past 10 years, according to the FBI. Despite the nation’s improving crime rates, many large U.S. cities are still considered dangerous. Nationwide, 368 violent crimes were reported for every 100,000 people in 2013. Such crimes include murder, rape, aggravated assault, and robbery. In America’s 10 most dangerous cities, there were more than 1,300 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. 24/7 Wall St. reviewed violent crime rates among the nation’s cities with populations of 100,000 or more. Based on violent crime data published by the FBI’s 2013 Uniform Crime Report, these are America’s most dangerous cities. 10. Birmingham, Ala. Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,345 Population: 212,001 2013 murders: 63 Poverty rate: 30.7% Pct. of adults with high-school diploma: 84% More than 1,300 violent crimes per 100,000 residents were reported in Birmingham in 2013, the 10th highest rate in the country. Still, this was an improvement from 2012, when more than 1,500 violent crimes per 100,000 residents were reported. In 2013, aggravated assault accounted for more than half of the violent crimes in Birmingham. The city’s poor socioeconomic climate may explain the high crime rates. The city’s poverty rate was 30.7% in 2013, nearly twice the national rate of 15.8%. Additionally, median household income was just $31,152 in 2013, or more than $20,000 less than national median. Low incomes, in turn, may be connected to low levels of education. Just 25.9% of Birmingham residents had at least a bachelor’s degree as of 2013, well below the national rate of 29.6%. 9. Milwaukee Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,364 Population: 600,805 2013 murders: 104 Poverty rate: 29.0% Pct. of adults with high-school diploma: 81.8% Violent crime in Milwaukee has been on the rise in recent years, with the number of reported incidents rising from 1,045 per 100,000 residents in 2010 to 1,364 per 100,000 residents in 2013. However, an increase in the number of reported crimes may not mean that Milwaukee has gotten more dangerous. A 2012 report by the Journal Sentinel, a local Wisconsin newspaper, found that police in Milwaukee had misreported thousands of crimes in prior years, which led to lower crime rates. Further, while Milwaukee reported a large number of violent crimes, its property crime rate was comparatively low, ranking just 83rd among cities with at least 100,000 residents. 8. Rockford, Ill. Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,375 Population: 150,209 2013 murders: 19 Poverty rate: 23.2% Pct. of adults with high-school diploma: 83.6% Rockford was one of only three cities where the aggravated assault rate exceeded 1,000 incidents per 100,000 residents in 2013. The city’s murder and nonnegligent manslaughter rate was 13 per 100,000, much lower than in many other dangerous cities, but still close to three times the national murder rate of 4.5 per 100,000 residents. Property crimes, too, were slightly less prevalent than in other dangerous cities. There were just 248 motor vehicle thefts per 100,000 Rockford residents last year, slightly higher than the national rate, but exceptionally low compared with other large cities with high violent crime rates. Yet, arson was quite common, with 71 incidents per 100,000 in 2013, more than in all but four other cities. 7. Baltimore Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,401 Population: 622,671 2013 murders: 233 Poverty rate: 23.3% Pct. of adults with high-school diploma: 81.8% The number of violent crimes in Baltimore fell from 9,316 in 2010 to 8,725 last year, coinciding with the nationwide decline in violent crimes in recent years. However, Baltimore is still among the most dangerous cities. There were just 4.5 murders per 100,000 people in the U.S. last year. In Baltimore, the murder rate was 37 per 100,000 residents, higher than in all but four other large U.S. cities. Robberies were a major contributor to the area’s violent crime statistics, as 600 incidents were reported per 100,000 residents, versus a national robbery rate of less than 110 per 100,000 residents last year. 6. Little Rock, Ark. Violent crimes per 100,000: 1,407 Population: 197,399 2013 murders: 35 Poverty rate: 18.7% Pct. of adults with high-school diploma: 89.9% Little Rock not only had one of the highest violent crime rates in the nation in 2013, it also had one of the country’s worst property crime rate. Last year, more than 1,400 violent crimes and over 7,800 property crimes were reported for every 100,000 residents. By comparison, nationwide there were 368 and 2,731 such crimes per 100,000 people, respectively. Yet, Little Rock’s crime rate has improved slightly since 2010, when more than 1,500 violent crimes were reported for every 100,000 people. Prison overcrowding remains a major issue for Pulaski County, which includes Little Rock. Police have claimed that preventing repeat offenders from being detained for long enough periods may be exacerbating the local crime problem.