Detroit no longer the murder capital (but we still lead in violent crimes)


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Detroit is no longer the "Murder Capital" of the U.S., according to a new report released by the FBI this week. That distinction now goes to St. Louis, which surpassed Detroit's previously list-topping murder rate in 2014.

As the Detroit News reports, Detroit had 298 murders in 2014 — a 6 percent drop from 316 in 2013. That comes out to 44 murders per 100,000 people. And though St. Louis had 159 murders, that comes out to a rate of 50 per 100,000 people.

Even though we might not be the Murder Capital, it's important to note that Detroit's overall violent crime rate remains the worst in the nation — even though that number has also dropped. In 2014, there were 13,616 violent crimes reported in Detroit, compared with 14,504 in 2013.

Two other Michigan cities also rank among the top five cities with the highest rates of violent crime with populations greater than 50,000, with Flint ranking third and Saginaw ranked fourth.

Browse the full FBI report here.

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