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US News and World Report recently released their annual 'best places to live' ranking and several Colorado spots were near the top of the list. That being said, Denver fell from a 55th-place rank last year to a much lower 99th among 150 cities included in the ranking.

One factor that impacted Denver's ranking was crime statistics from the FBI, with Denver ultimately ranking as the 15th-most dangerous place to live nationwide.

US News and World Report further elaborated on the topic, noting that Denver's crime rate was higher than that of the typical city of a similar size. According to the data presented in their report, 479.1 violent crimes are committed per 100,000 people in Denver. This compares to Chicago's 252.8. Meanwhile, Denver's property crime rate is 3,187.6 per 100,000 people, compared to Chicago's 1,174.

It's also worth noting that Denver's violent crime rate was below the national violent crime rate until 2016. In 2016, Denver's rate was roughly equal to the national rate, rising above it in following years.

Topping the list of most dangerous places to live nationwide was Memphis, followed by Albuquerque and Anchorage.

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Spencer McKee is OutThere Colorado's Director of Content and Operations. In his spare time, Spencer loves to hike, rock climb, and trail run. He's on a mission to summit all 58 of Colorado's fourteeners and has already climbed more than half.


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Wow these clowns will say anything to make Chicago not seem like h*ll on Earth lmao..what a ridiculous author


Don't know where this writer got his stats for this drivel, but according to the website, the violent crime rate in Chicago is 8.7 per 1000, which would be 870 per 100k! Double Denver's rate, and of course murder is a weekend sport in Chicago.

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