New study finds the most dangerous cities in each US state

The financial news website 24/7 Wall St. recently released a list of "The Most Dangerous City in Every State" based on an analysis of data from the FBI Uniform Crime Report in 2015 and previous years.

The site gathered information about the violent crime rate, poverty rate, and unemployment rate to determine the most dangerous metropolitan areas by state, which are as follows:

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1. Anniston-Oxford-Jacksonville, Alabama
> City violent crime rate: 699.3 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 472.4 per 100,000 (10th highest)
> City poverty rate: 20.0%
> City unemployment rate: 6.2%

2. Anchorage, Alaska
> City violent crime rate: 1,039.5 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 730.2 per 100,000 (the highest)
> City poverty rate: 8.7%
> City unemployment rate: 6.1%
3. Tucson, Arizona
> City violent crime rate: 421.4 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 410.2 per 100,000 (17th highest)
> City poverty rate: 18.9%
> City unemployment rate: 4.7%
4. Pine Bluff, Arkansas
> City violent crime rate: 743.9 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 521.3 per 100,000 (6th highest)
> City poverty rate: 25.7%
> City unemployment rate: 5.1%
5. Stockton-Lodi, California
> City violent crime rate: 797.1 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 426.3 per 100,000 (13th highest)
> City poverty rate: 17.4%
> City unemployment rate: 7.5%
6. Pueblo, Colorado
> City violent crime rate: 615.7 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 321.0 per 100,000 (23rd lowest)
> City poverty rate: 20.1%
> City unemployment rate: 3.5%
7. Norwich-New London, Connecticut
> City violent crime rate: 323.7 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 218.5 per 100,000 (6th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 11.4%
> City unemployment rate: 4.8%
8. Dover, Delaware
> City violent crime rate: 471.0 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 499.0 per 100,000 (8th highest)
> City poverty rate: 14.6%
> City unemployment rate: 4.8%
9. Tallahassee, Florida
> City violent crime rate: 767.1 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 461.9 per 100,000 (11th highest)
> City poverty rate: 22.4%
> City unemployment rate: 4.4%
10. Albany, Georgia
> City violent crime rate: 667.9 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 378.3 per 100,000 (24th highest)
> City poverty rate: 24.6%
> City unemployment rate: 6.0%
11. Kahului-Wailuku-Lahaina, Hawaii
> City violent crime rate: 337.7 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 293.4 per 100,000 (20th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 9.7%
> City unemployment rate: 3.0%
12. Pocatello, Idaho
> City violent crime rate: 264.3 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 215.6 per 100,000 (5th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 25.3%
> City unemployment rate: 3.2%
13. Rockford, Illinois
> City violent crime rate: 818.8 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 383.8 per 100,000 (21st highest)
> City poverty rate: 14.3%
> City unemployment rate: 8.0%
14. Indianapolis-Carmel-Anderson, Indiana
> City violent crime rate: 674.2 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 387.5 per 100,000 (20th highest)
> City poverty rate: 13.9%
> City unemployment rate: 3.3%
15. Waterloo-Cedar Falls, Iowa
> City violent crime rate: 497.0 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 286.1 per 100,000 (18th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 12.4%
> City unemployment rate: 3.6%
16. Wichita, Kansas
> City violent crime rate: 673.2 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 389.9 per 100,000 (19th highest)
> City poverty rate: 14.1%
> City unemployment rate: 4.2%
17. Louisville/Jefferson County, Kentucky
> City violent crime rate: 422.9 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 218.7 per 100,000 (7th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 13.4%
> City unemployment rate: 4.1%

18. Monroe, Louisiana
> City violent crime rate: 1,160.0 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 539.7 per 100,000 (5th highest)
> City poverty rate: 23.9%
> City unemployment rate: 5.8%

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19. Lewiston-Auburn, Maine
> City violent crime rate: 138.0 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 130.1 per 100,000 (2nd lowest)
> City poverty rate: 15.4%
> City unemployment rate: 2.6%
20. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, Maryland
> City violent crime rate: 624.7 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 457.2 per 100,000 (12th highest)
> City poverty rate: 10.6%
> City unemployment rate: 4.5%
21. Springfield, Massachusetts
> City violent crime rate: 529.5 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 390.9 per 100,000 (18th highest)
> City poverty rate: 16.9%
> City unemployment rate: 4.5%
22. Saginaw, Michigan
> City violent crime rate: 604.5 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 415.5 per 100,000 (15th highest)
> City poverty rate: 18.4%
> City unemployment rate: 5.0%
23. Minneapolis-St. Paul-Bloomington, Minnesota
> City violent crime rate: 285.2 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 242.6 per 100,000 (12th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 9.3%
> City unemployment rate: 3.4%
24. Jackson, Mississippi
> City violent crime rate: 359.4 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 275.8 per 100,000 (16th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 19.4%
> City unemployment rate: 4.2%
25. Springfield, Missouri
> City violent crime rate: 621.3 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 497.4 per 100,000 (9th highest)
> City poverty rate: 16.8%
> City unemployment rate: 3.3%
26. Missoula, Montana
> City violent crime rate: 425.2 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 349.6 per 100,000 (25th highest)
> City poverty rate: 16.0%
> City unemployment rate: 3.3%
27. Lincoln, Nebraska
> City violent crime rate: 330.0 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 274.9 per 100,000 (15th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 13.7%
> City unemployment rate: 2.6%
28. Las Vegas-Henderson-Paradise, Nevada
> City violent crime rate: 815.0 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 695.9 per 100,000 (2nd highest)
> City poverty rate: 15.1%
> City unemployment rate: 4.9%
29. Manchester-Nashua, New Hampshire
> City violent crime rate: 281.4 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 199.3 per 100,000 (4th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 8.0%
> City unemployment rate: 2.7%

30. Vineland-Bridgeton, New Jersey
> City violent crime rate: 583.4 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 255.4 per 100,000 (13th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 16.9%
> City unemployment rate: 5.9%

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31. Albuquerque, New Mexico
> City violent crime rate: 792.6 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 656.1 per 100,000 (3rd highest)
> City poverty rate: 18.7%
> City unemployment rate: 6.2%
32. Buffalo-Cheektowaga-Niagara Falls, New York
> City violent crime rate: 401.8 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 379.7 per 100,000 (23rd highest)
> City poverty rate: 15.7%
> City unemployment rate: 4.8%
33. Goldsboro, North Carolina
> City violent crime rate: 494.3 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 347.0 per 100,000 (25th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 18.0%
> City unemployment rate: 5.4%
34. Fargo, North Dakota
> City violent crime rate: 249.3 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 239.4 per 100,000 (10th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 11.1%
> City unemployment rate: 2.5%
35. Toledo, Ohio
> City violent crime rate: 583.6 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 291.9 per 100,000 (19th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 17.2%
> City unemployment rate: 4.9%
36. Lawton, Oklahoma
> City violent crime rate: 744.2 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 422.0 per 100,000 (14th highest)
> City poverty rate: 14.1%
> City unemployment rate: 4.3%
37. Eugene, Oregon
> City violent crime rate: 329.7 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 259.8 per 100,000 (14th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 19.4%
> City unemployment rate: 4.0%
38. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, Pennsylvania
> City violent crime rate: 459.8 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 315.1 per 100,000 (22nd lowest)
> City poverty rate: 13.1%
> City unemployment rate: 4.5%
39. Providence-Warwick, Rhode Island
> City violent crime rate: 333.7 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 242.5 per 100,000 (11th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 13.4%
> City unemployment rate: 4.3%
40. Columbia, South Carolina
> City violent crime rate: 650.6 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 504.5 per 100,000 (7th highest)
> City poverty rate: 15.1%
> City unemployment rate: 4.1%
41. Rapid City, South Dakota
> City violent crime rate: 475.5 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 383.1 per 100,000 (22nd highest)
> City poverty rate: 10.5%
> City unemployment rate: 2.9%
42. Memphis, Tennessee
> City violent crime rate: 1,038.0 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 612.1 per 100,000 (4th highest)
> City poverty rate: 18.4%
> City unemployment rate: 5.0%
43. Odessa, Texas
> City violent crime rate: 1,070.1 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 412.2 per 100,000 (16th highest)
> City poverty rate: 11.7%
> City unemployment rate: 5.7%
44. Salt Lake City, Utah
> City violent crime rate: 392.2 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 236.0 per 100,000 (9th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 10.2%
> City unemployment rate: 3.0%
45. Burlington-South Burlington, Vermont
> City violent crime rate: 128.5 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 118.0 per 100,000 (the lowest)
> City poverty rate: 10.4%
> City unemployment rate: 2.5%
46. Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, Virginia

> City violent crime rate: 309.3 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 195.6 per 100,000 (3rd lowest)
> City poverty rate: 12.3%
> City unemployment rate: 4.1%

47. Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, Washington
> City violent crime rate: 324.1 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 284.4 per 100,000 (17th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 10.2%
> City unemployment rate: 3.5%
48. Charleston, West Virginia
> City violent crime rate: 530.3 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 337.9 per 100,000 (24th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 18.6%
> City unemployment rate: 4.8%
49. Milwaukee-Waukesha-West Allis, Wisconsin
> City violent crime rate: 680.1 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 305.8 per 100,000 (21st lowest)
> City poverty rate: 14.0%
> City unemployment rate: 3.5%
50. Casper, Wyoming
> City violent crime rate: 234.3 per 100,000
> State violent crime rate: 222.1 per 100,000 (8th lowest)
> City poverty rate: 11.6%
> City unemployment rate: 5.9%
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24/7 Wall St. points out that while the U.S. still has historically low crime levels, the rate of violent incidents, including murders, appears to be increasing in the recent past.

This trend was confirmed by an FBI news release about its 2015 statistics which stated that there was an overall "3.9 percent increase in the estimated number of violent crimes...compared to 2014 data."

The release further noted there were an estimated 1,197,704 violent crimes committed in the U.S. While that was an increase from 2014 figures, the 2015 violent crime total was 0.7 percent lower than the 2011 level and 16.5 percent below the 2006 level."

According to Pew Research Center, there has generally been a gap between the Americans' perception of crime rate versus the actual data over a longer term period. It notes, "In 21 Gallup surveys conducted since 1989, a majority of Americans said there was more crime in the U.S. compared with the year before, despite the generally downward trend in both violent and property crime rates during much of that period."

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