Criminal activity is often associated with urban life. For whatever reason, states like Missouri commonly do not experience a significant amount of violent crimes in the predominantly rural areas. And even though the crime rate in the state is generally low, that does not necessarily apply to the primary metropolitan areas of St. Louis and Kansas City where violent crime rates have always been highest. Missouri residents can now add to that list the city of Springfield, according to the results of a recent study conducted by the FBI.
The city of St. Louis has long been a hot spot for much criminal activity that rarely gets publicity, but it actually has the highest rate per 100,000 in the nation. The percentage of violent crimes across the nation was 5.8% for 2020, and St. Louis did fall below this number at a 3.8% increase. However, it still ranks #1 of the Top Ten of most dangerous cities in the United States for homicides.
Kansas City is another unsuspecting city of violence as well, and it also ranks in the Top Ten most dangerous cities in the U.S. according to the FBI. However, the percentage of homicides was down significantly for 2019, which is a 24% reduction from the prior year. That does not look to hold true, as there are already over 35 more than 2020 at this time.
One of the most surprising entries on the FBI Top Ten violent crime list was the inclusion of Springfield. Springfield is not nearly the size of either St. Louis or Kansas City, and the total number was much less, but the rate per 100,000 residents was shocking at 1,504.
It is important to note that these are violent crime rates and not a reflection of overall crime rates. Additionally, the crime rate has actually increased across the whole of the U.S. based on 2019 numbers.