Analysis: Rockford Now 2nd Most Dangerous Small City in U.S.

WTVO/WQRF -- An in-depth analysis of 'Crime in America 2015' released in last April by the online publication 'Law Street' puts Rockford as the 2nd most dangerous small city (under 200,000) in America and the 12th most dangerous metro area, which includes low-crime Boone County. The report was reprinted in the Illinois political website 'Reboot Illinois.'

Rockford was the 3rd most dangerous the year before because of what the publication said was an unusually low amount of murders that year for Rockford.

Interestingly, when the entire metro area is considered, Springfield is more dangerous than Rockford's metro. However, the analysis may be a bit misleading since violent crime in Rockford tends to happen in pockets of west Rockford and the southern part of the city near the Rock River, with other parts of the metro experiencing little or no violent crime.

According to the 'Law Street' analysis, Rockford has a violent crime rate of 1,375/100,000 people. Only Little Rock, AR has a worse rate for cities under 200,000 in population.

The analysis was done using 2013 crime statistics from the FBI, the last full year from which published data is available.

You can read their analysis here.

This comes amid the call by Rep. Litesa Wallace (D-Rockford) for a Violent Crime Task Force.

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