Crime in America 2016: Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Under 200,000

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Little Rock, Arkansas, tops the list as the most dangerous city under 200,000 for the second year in a row. The top three is rounded out by Rockford, Illinois and Springfield, Missouri. This list, which includes cities with populations between 100,000 and 200,000, is based on data released Monday by the FBI. Look at the slideshow below to see the full list of the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities in America under 200,000, and click here to see full Crime in America 2016 coverage.

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Rockford, Illinois, occupies the second spot on Law Street’s list. Rockford is located in north-central Illinois and is the third largest city in Illinois. Despite experiencing an impressive 10 percent decrease in its violent crime rate, Rockford still holds the #2 spot on the list. The decrease appears to have been across the board, with modest drops in the number of rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults. Rockford also had a small drop in its number of murders, from 19 to 17.

Violent Crime Rate: 1,235/100,000 people
Murder Rate: 11/100,000 people
Population: 149,586
Officer to Population Ratio: 1:534
Rank Last Year: #2

Research and analysis by Law Street’s Crime in America Team: Kevin Rizzo, Alexis Evans, and Anneliese Mahoney.

Click here for additional information on Law Street’s crime-ranking methodology.


FBI: Violent crime, population, murder, and officer statistics, measured January – December 2014.

Kevin Rizzo
Kevin Rizzo is the Crime in America Editor at Law Street Media. An Ohio Native, the George Washington University graduate is a founding member of the company. Contact Kevin at



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