Report: 2 Palm Beach County cities among most dangerous in the U.S.

Note: This story has been updated to report additional data from the FDLE.

Two cities in Palm Beach County, along with six other cities in Florida, ranked among the top 100 most dangerous cities in the United States, according to a new report by Neighborhood Scout

The most dangerous cities are determined by the number of violent crimes per 1,000 residents  “which include murder, rape, armed robbery and aggravated assault,” Neighborhood Scout states on their website. Data used for each city consist of the crimes reported to the FBI and the population of each city. 

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In Palm Beach County, Riviera Beach made the list as the 30th most dangerous city, and Lake Worth as the 31st. Fort Myers came close behind at No. 38, and Daytona Beach at No. 40. 

According to data from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), the Riviera Beach Police Department investigated nine murders, 23 rapes, 56 robberies, and 387 assaults in the year 2016, with a reported population of 33,957.  

Sheriff deputies in Lake Worth investigated a total of 10 murders, 36 rapes, 185 robberies and 279 assaults in 2016, with a reported population of 37,475.

Statistics from Neighborhood Scout reveal that there is a 1 in 72 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Riviera Beach, compared to a 1 in 232 chance in the entire state of Florida. There is a 1 in 74 chance of becoming a victim of a violent crime in Lake Worth. 

Within Florida, more than 91 percent of communities have a lower crime rate than Riviera Beach and more than 96 percent of communities have a lower crime rate than Lake Worth, Neighborhood Scout states on their website.

The national median for a violent crime is a 4.3 on a scale of 20, but Riviera Beach has a median of 13.93 and Lake Worth a median of 13.54. 

For non-violent crime, Neighborhood Scout found that Riviera Beach and Lake Worth have one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation. 

“Your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Riviera Beach is one in 263 ... in Lake Worth it is one in 204,” their website states. 

Other Florida cities that made the list are Homestead at No. 45, Miami Beach at No. 75, Sanford at No. 97 and Lauderhill at No. 99. 

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