Forbes staffer Daniel Fisher taps the knowledge base of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to roll up a list of the U.S. cities with the highest rates of violent crime.
Fisher compares each city's murder rate and violent crime trends to national averages for each. Here's his take on how the data looks for Detroit.
There were 298 murders and intentional homicides in Detroit in 2014, the lowest number in 47 years, according to statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Detroit Police Department. That works out to a murder rate of 43.5 per 100,000 residents, which is still almost 10 times the national average. The city’s overall rate of violent crime, including assault and robbery, was 1,989 per 100,000 residents, down from over 2,000 in 2013 but still more than five times the national average, which also has been falling for years.