Crime rate can be caused by a wide variety of factors, from a small police force to the quality of education in the city. As a result, criminologist warn people against creating overarching assumptions that one factor, such as unemployment, is directly related to the crime rate in cities. Every city is unique. Nevertheless, data shows every city we listed on America’s top 10 most dangerous cities, based on the 2012 violent crime rates reported by the FBI, experienced poverty and unemployment rates beyond the national average. KQED’s The Lowdown explores the economic factors of America’s 10 most violent cities in an engaging infograph chart, along with other resources about crime, poverty and unemployment rates.
Is There a Connection Between Crime and Economics?