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America’s largest cities are not necessarily the most violent. In fact, according to a new listing of the safest municipalities in the United States with populations over 500,000 people, New York City tops the list.

This means that it has fewer violent crimes per capita than other major metropolises.   Violent crimes refer to murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault. Property crimes include burglary, larceny, and motor vehicle theft. Arson is a property crime, but its statistics are calculated separately.

In the Big Apple, violent crime fell by 4 percent from 2007, a substantial difference between the drop nationally. That figure, according to FBI crime statistics, consists of a 9-percent decrease in assaults (the largest sub category), but is marred by a 5.4 percent increase in murder, 1.7 percent increase in rape and a 1.8 percent increase in robbery. New York City’s per-capita crime rate hovers at 4.2 percent.

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