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Which Cities Have The Highest Violent Crime Rates? (Photos)

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The Federal Bureau of Investigations recently released its annual statistics for major U.S. cities with the highest crime rates, with Detroit making the list at number 1.

Violent crime in general ticked up in 2012, but the bureau published its 2013 Uniform Crime Reporting stats on Monday, and it shows murder decreasing again.

According to the new report, there were an estimated 14,196 murders last year, a 4.4 percent decrease compared to 2012. Property crimes also headed downwards nationally by about 4.1 percent.

“The crime statistics report, issued by the Bureau's Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) Program, contains voluntarily submitted data from 18,415 city, county, state, tribal, campus, and federal law enforcement agencies on specific crimes brought to their attention,” the FBI's report stated. “They include the violent crimes of murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, and the property crimes of burglary, larceny-theft, motor vehicle theft, and arson.”

However, the Huffington Post reports that the FBI warns against using the new statistics to make assumptions about locales or to rank law enforcement agencies. The statistics exclude factors such as population density, economic conditions and employment rates, which can affect crime differently across cities.

Below are the 10 U.S. cities with populations over 200,000 that had the highest murder rates in 2013, according to the FBI's 2013 Uniform Crime Report.

10. Kansas City, Missouri

(Photo by photoguyinmo/Flickr)

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 21

Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 99

Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 1,260

Total violent crimes: 5,864

Population: 465,514

9. Baton Rouge, Louisiana

(Photo by bluepoint951/Flickr)

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 21

Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 49

Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 924

Total violent crimes: 2,127

Population: 230,212

8. Oakland, California

(Photo by Jesse Richmond/Flickr)

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 22

Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 90

Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 1,977

Total violent crimes: 7,984

Population: 403,887

7. Cincinnati, Ohio

(Photo by karen_2873/Flickr)

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 24

Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 70

Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 953

Total violent crimes: 2,826

Population: 296,491

6. Birmingham, Alabama

(Photo by André Natta/Flickr)

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 30

Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 63

Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 1,345

Total violent crimes: 2,852

Population: 212,001

5. Baltimore, Maryland

(Photo by David Davies/Flickr)

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 37

Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 233

Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 1,401

Total violent crimes: 8,725

Population: 622,671

4. St. Louis, Missouri

(Photo by Doug Kerr/Flickr)

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 38

Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 120

Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 1,594

Total violent crimes: 5,077

Population: 318,563

3. Newark, New Jersey

(Photo by Doug Kerr/Flickr)

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 40

Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 112

Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 1,264

Total violent crimes: 3,516

Population: 278,246

2. New Orleans, Louisiana

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Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 41

Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 156

Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 786

Total violent crimes: 2,965

Population: 377,022

1. Detroit, Michigan

(Photo by Bryan Debus/Flickr)

Murder and non-negligent manslaughter rate per 100,000 people: 45

Total murders and non-negligent manslaughters: 316

Violent crime rate per 100,000 people: 2,072

Total violent crimes: 14,504

Population: 699,889

Sources: FBI — Crime StatisticsHuffington Post