It shouldn’t come as any surprise that the cities with the highest unemployment, highest poverty rates, and lowest medium income are also at the top of the list as having the highest crime rates. Two at the top are Flint and Detroit, Michigan that are both having serious budget issues and are losing tax revenue.
Detroit has the 2nd highest violent crime rate in the country. It also has a 32.3% poverty rate and over 20% unemployment.
Stockton, CA also has a 20% unemployment rate and a crime rate that is among the worst in the country for a large city.
When the employment rate improves in the inner city it has been shown that the crime rate start to drop.
According to the Centre for Economic Policy Research, there are also other factors that play into a rise or drop in violent crime. But when money is tight, crimes such as robbery or theft are weighed against the consequences.