FBI Ranks Memphis Area Worst in Nation for Violent Crimes

MEMPHIS, TN - The Memphis metropolitan area is back on top of the FBI's national ranking for violent crime.

The eight-county metro area recorded 1,262 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2006, the highest rate in the nation.

The FBI defines violent crime as homicide, rape, aggravated assault and robbery.

Memphis was second on last year's list, behind Florence, South Carolina.  That list was based on the violent crime rate for 2005, when Memphis' rate was 1,197 per 100,000 residents.

The Memphis metro area includes Crittenden County, Arkansas; DeSoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica counties in Mississippi, and Fayette, Shelby, and Tipton counties in Tennessee.

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