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Baltimore ranked "fourth most dangerous city" in the U.S.

Baltimore ranked "fourth most dangerous city" in the U.S.

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Baltimore has been ranked one of the most dangerous large cities in the country in a new study.

24/7 Wall Street, LLC, which earlier named Baltimore the "worst city to live in Maryland," announced Thursday that it's also America's fourth most dangerous city.

"While the number of violent crimes nationwide rose 4.1 [percent] from 2015 to 2016, violent crime in Baltimore increased 15.4 [percent], nearly the most of any U.S. city," said the Delaware-based company in a news release.

"In total, there were 1,780 violent crimes reported per 100,000 Baltimore residents in 2016, far more than the national rate of 386 incidents per 100,000 Americans. Like many large metro areas, most of the gun violence in Baltimore is concentrated in the city's poorest areas," according to the statement.

24/7 Wall Street, LLC, reviewed violent crime rates in cities with at least 100,000 people, from the FBI's 2016 Uniform Crime Report released on Sept. 25. It also considered the data for 2012 through 2016.

The study identified three main factors contributing to a rise in violent crimes in urban areas: a poor relationship between the police and community, a weak economy and a declining population.

The most dangerous city identified was Detroit; St. Louis and Memphis were second and third.

Nearby Washington, D.C. was No. 18



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