We are now getting numbers for 2022 as we start a new year, and Missouri lands not once but twice on a list of Most Violent Cities in the U.S. for 2022.

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Moneyinc ranked the top most violent cities in the U.S. and it's not great news for Missouri. Crimes rates rise each year and from city to city, data found that cities with high crime rates have higher unemployment and poor living condition. There's a lot of crime in Missouri, but two cities stand out.

Springfield, Missouri

Coming in at #11 in Springfield, Missouri. The 2020 census put the population of Springfield at 169,000 people and according to Moneyinc, the crime rate in Springfield is the highest in all of Missouri.

A report by Area Vibes shows that the latest violent crime reports in 2021 as 1,970 assault reports, 375 reports of robbery, 178 sexual assault cases, and 22 murders. Violent crimes in the city were 289% more than the national


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St. Louis, Missouri

The second biggest city in the state (behind Kansas City) topped the list at #1. Not a list th city or the state want to be on especially taking the number one spot. Moneyinc states that St. Louis is consistently on any type of violent, dangerous, and high crime list and ranks especially high in murders.

Last year, the city reported 199 murders and was named by Statista as the most dangerous city in the U.S by murder rate per 100,000 people.

This is not to say that you should never move to either of these cities or visit and vacation. Just know where to go and where not to go.

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