MCLEAN, Virginia- A report by USA Today claims that Springfield, Missouri is among US cities where the crime rate is soaring, In fact the publication says the Southwest Missouri city ranks 11th:
11. Springfield, Mo.
- 5-yr. violent crime rate change: +41.7%
- 2011 violent crime rate: 426.0 per 100,000 (total: 1,867)
- 2016 violent crime rate: 603.6 per 100,000 (total: 2,775)
- December unemployment rate: 3.1%
- Poverty rate: 15.8%
Springfield, Missouri, is one of only a dozen metro areas to report a more than a 40% spike in the violent crime rate in the last five years. Violent crime in the city increased from 426 reported incidents per 100,000 residents in 2011 to 604 per 100,000 in 2016, climbing steadily almost every year.
As is the case nationwide, aggravated assault accounted for the majority of violent crimes in the Springfield metro area. There were 1,926 reported cases of aggravated assault in the metro area in 2016, more than four times the number of robberies, the next most common violent crime, the USA Today report explained.
Violent crime is a broad designation consisting of the most egregious infractions — aggravated assault, robbery, rape, and murder, USA Today says. According to the FBI, there were 386 violent crimes for every 100,000 people in the United States in 2016. While the crime rate has fluctuated slightly in recent years, the incidence of violent crime in the United States remains effectively unchanged from half a decade ago.
The national violent crime rate does not tell the whole story, however. Crime is a local issue, and in some parts of the country, violence is surging.