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ATLANTA -- Forbes has ranked Atlanta the ninth "Most Dangerous" city in the United States.
The magazine creates the annual list by using the FBI's Crime Statistics database screened for cities with populations of 200,000 and higher.
Forbes noted Atlanta has a violent crime rate of 1,379 per 100,000 residents. That's an improvement from 2011, when Atlanta was ranked number six on the list with a violent crime rate of 1,433 per 100,00 residents.
Nationwide, violent crimes (including murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault) are up .7%. But in Atlanta, the violent crime rate is down .05%.
A spokesman for the City of Atlanta, Elizabeth Espy, touted those numbers and others in a statement to 11Alive:
"Felony crimes hit their peak in 1989, when the total was 88,241. The annual totals have steadily declined since then. The 2012 total was 34, 581. Last year, we had 85 homicides. This is the lowest number of homicides we've had in the city (with the exception of 2009 when we had 80) since 1962. So, homicides are down to 50-year lows. "
She also blasted the Forbes report: "These kinds of rankings are alarmist and out of context, failing to provide a full picture of crime in any given city."
On the FBI's website, it warns against using the data to rank cities saying, "Each year when Crime in the United States is published, some entities use to figures to compile rankings of cities and counties... they lead to simplistic and/or incomplete analysis that often create misleading perceptions."
The full list:
1 - Detroit
2 - Oakland
3 - St. Louis
4 - Memphis
5 - Stockton, CA
6 - Birmingham
7 - Baltimore
8 - Cleveland
9 - Atlanta
10 - Milwaukee
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* Forbes calls Atlanta 16th 'most miserable' city in U.S.
* Track crime where you live with 11Alive's interactive Spot Crime Map
(Atlanta Business Chronicle)