Detroit is no longer the nation’s most violent big city. We’re now number 2.
The FBI released crime data for 2017 on Monday for cities with more than 50,000 people.
Murders in Detroit were down almost 12 percent in 2017 from 303 in 2016. The violent crime rate, however, increased slightly, to just over 2,000 per 100,000 people.
St. Louis took the crown of most violent city in the report. Filling out the rest of the top five were Baltimore, Memphis, and Kansas City, Missouri.
The FBI also has new data for smaller cities. Looking at the tri-county suburbs, the results are a mixed bag. Here’s a sampling of violent crime rates from around the region.
In Macomb: Violent crime in Clinton Township is up more than 13 percent; Sterling Heights up 1.2 percent; Warren was down 1.4 percent;
In Wayne: Dearborn is down more than 26 percent and Harper Woods is down about 18 percent. However, Romulus is up 24 percent. In the last five years, violent crime has risen more than 50 percent.
In Oakland: Farmington Hills is up more than 17 percent; Ferndale is holding steady; and Royal Oak is down about 17 percent.
Overall, the FBI says the nation’s violent crime rate fell slightly in 2017.