Database: 2016 Federal Bureau of Investigation crime statistics by USA city

Image Police investigate the scene of a shooting in Chicago on Jan. 1 2017. The shooting of two people brought the number of people shot in Chicago to 4000 people in 2016- one of the most violent years in the city in two decades

The FBI has released new numbers that show violent crime in Detroit has spiked more than 15 percent in 2016.

Reports of violent crime increased in Niagara County by 9 percent, where the overall crime rate also grew by 4 percent, according to the News' analysis. And while there are many theories (paywall) as to why the U.S. has seen this rise in violence, one data point is pretty clear: The increase in murder rates is mostly concentrated in several big cities-with Chicago accounting for about one-fifth of the rise between 2015 and 2016.

"For the sake of all Americans, we must confront and turn back the rising tide of violent crime".

While the violent crime rate remains at near historic levels, the increases come as Attorney General Jeff Sessions has warned of an impending crime surge and launched programs meant to target gangs and the drug trade as a way to stem the uptick.

Adam Gelb, director of the Public Safety Performance Project at the Pew Charitable Trusts, pointed out that only five years since 1971 have had lower violent crime rates than 2016. For example, violent crime rose 32.4% in Vermont and fell 5.3% in Florida.

"False narratives about a national crime wave will not help. At the same time, other cities like NY are keeping crime down".

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The increase was driven by an uptick in several major cities, including Chicago, Baltimore and Las Vegas. "Rapes and robberies were down in a majority of big cities from the same period a year ago, too".

John Pfaff, a Fordham University law professor and economist, says about 20 percent of the national homicide increase was just in the city of Chicago. "Five neighborhoods in Chicago explain 10% of the national increase in homicide rates".

The group's data included cities with dramatic increases, such as Chicago, which had 762 homicides in 2016, up from 482 homicides a year earlier; Phoenix, which saw 146 homicides, up from 113 the year before; and Louisville, which had 117 homicides, up from 80 in 2015.

Since the early 1990s, as the U.S. population has grown, murders have dropped to about 14,000 a year. In 2015, 484 violent crimes were recorded while 538 violent crimes were noted in the report for 2016. Cities including Portland and Minneapolis reported fewer homicides past year as well. A few thousand law enforcement jurisdictions do not report their data to federal authorities each year.

The number of reported aggravated assaults fell by 58, from 1,031 to 973.

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