Based on violent crime data published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 2014, the cities in the United States with the highest violent crime rates are Cleveland, Ohio; St. Louis, Missouri; Memphis, Tennessee; Oakland, California; and Detroit, Michigan, states MarketWatch. This data doesn't include nonviolent crime, however.
Crime rates are calculated by looking at the population in relation to the number of reported violent crimes. Such crimes include murder, rape, aggravated assault and robbery, states the FBI.
Cleveland, Ohio, has a population of roughly 389,181 and a reported 1,478 violent crimes per 100,000 people. It has the third-highest poverty rate, 36.9 percent, in the country, notes MarketWatch. St. Louis has a population of 318,563 and a violent crime rate of 1,594 per 100,000 people. Though rates are improving, St. Louis reported a total of 120 murders, which is among the worst in the country.
Memphis has a population of 657,691 and a crime rate of 1,656 per 100,000 people. Memphis reported the largest number of aggravated assaults in the United States at 7,200, states MarketWatch. Oakland, California, has a population of 403,887 people and a crime rate of 1,977 per 100,000 people. The city reported 1,219 robberies, the most of any American city.
Detroit, Michigan, has a population of 699,889, and although the crime rate has declined, it is still the highest in the country at 2,072 per 100,000 residents. Around 41 percent of the city lives in poverty, which is the worst poverty rate in the United States, states MarketWatch.