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Violent crime in the United States has drastically fallen during the past 25 years, according to an annual report compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI studied more than 18,500 jurisdictions around the country and when you do the math, it shows that the violent crime rate fell 51% between 1993 and 2018.

Of course, if you live in a larger metropolitan area like St. Louis, Mo., Baltimore, Md., or Chicago, Ill., you might have the perception that the crime rate feels like it has actually gone up. And your feelings might be justified, especially if you compare your crime rates to those in areas like Alaska and Maine.

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