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6 Cities With Fastest-Rising Crime Rates

San Luis Obispo tops the list, with crimes up 58%
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 22, 2016 5:51 PM CST

(Newser) – Is there something in the air in San Luis Obispo? The number of violent crimes including rapes, robberies, aggravated assaults, and murders, spiked 58% in the metropolitan area from 2010 to 2014, making it home to the fastest-rising crime rate of any US city. Interestingly, the crime rate 30 miles away in Santa Maria fell 35% during the same time period, reports 24/7 Wall St. Other areas where violent crimes have jumped, per 100,000 people:

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  1. San Luis Obispo, Calif., 58%
  2. Sioux Falls, SD, 41%
  3. Green Bay, Wis., 39%
  4. Milwaukee, Wis., 37%
  5. Madera, Calif., 34%
  6. Grand Junction, Colo., 31%
Check out the world's most violent cities or the least violent US states. (Read more violent crime stories.)

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