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Durham violent crime rate ranks 7th among like-sized Southeast cities

Posted July 9, 2008 5:31 p.m. EDT
Updated July 9, 2008 9:02 p.m. EDT

— Durham ranks below six comparably sized cities, including Greensboro, in violent crime per 100,000 people, the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau says in a new report.

The bureau used 2007 crime statistics to create the latest edition of its annual report, issued Wednesday.

When the city and county are taken together, the bureau said, the crime rate drops from 798 per 100,000 to 733, putting Winston-Salem higher.

The bureau said it developed the report with Durham police to provide civic, business and neighborhood leaders with annual information to put crime in perspective for visitors and newcomers.

The report covers 10 Southeastern cities and 29 nationally.

Raleigh is lowest in violent crime among the Southeastern communities.

Violent crime includes homicides, forcible rape, robbery and aggravated assault.

The list for 2007 crime is:

  1. Chattanooga - 1,294
  2. Columbia, SC - 1,267
  3. Greensboro - 971
  4. Richmond - 958
  5. Norfolk, VA - 844
  6. Ft. Lauderdale - 810
  7. Durham (City Only) 798
  8. Winston-Salem - 772
  9. Durham (City and County) - 733
  10. Savannah (includes Chatham County) - 633
  11. Raleigh - 571


Durham City ranked 22nd for violent crime out of 29 cities nationwide. Raleigh and Mobile, Ala., tied for the lowest violent-crime ranking in cities surveyed.