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Cleveland crime remains high

Cleveland crime remains high

(Cleveland) - The financial news and opinion website 24/7 Wall St is out with its list of the Ten Most Dangerous Cities in America.

Cleveland is #10 on the list. The most dangerous city is Flint, Michigan, followed by Detroit, Oakland, and St. Louis.

24/7 Wall St co-founder and Editor Douglas McIntyre says Cleveland, with its high poverty rate and high dropout rate is not a safe place to be, like so many older urban areas where large industries and people have moved away.

Cleveland, with a population of 393,781 people, had 84 murders in 2012, the poverty rate is 34%, and the high school graduation rate is only 77%.

McIntyre tells Newsradio WTAM 1100 more than 825 robberies were reported in Cleveland for every 100,000 residents last year, the second highest robbery rate in the nation behind only Oakland. The total number of robberies in the city rose from 3,156 in 2011 to 3,252 in 2012.

Cleveland also had the nation’s second highest burglary rate in 2012, with close to 2,500 burglaries per 100,000 residents. Unlike robbery, burglary does not involve force or coercion and is not considered a violent crime.

Recently, the highly publicized discovery of three area women that had been missing for roughly a decade and held captive within the city led to extensive criticism of the Cleveland Police Department. However, McIntyre says the division's troubles probably stem from being understaffed due to declining tax revenues.

Cleveland is one of the nation’s poorest large cities with a median household income of just $25,731 in 2011 - barely over half the national median.

McIntyre says when you have low graduation rates, high poverty, and a falling tax base it creates a perfect environment for increasing crime.

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