Memphis #1 on FBI's Violent Crime Ranking

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) -- The Memphis metropolitan area is back on top of the FBI's national ranking for violent crime.

The eight-county metro area recorded 1,262 violent crimes per 100,000 residents in 2006 -- the highest rate in the nation.

Other Tennessee metropolitan areas didn't fare well either on this year's FBI report: Jackson ranked 13th, Nashville 20th, Chattanooga 59th and Knoxville 106th.

The FBI defines violent crime as homicide, rape, aggravated assault and robbery.

Memphis was second on last year's list, behind Florence, S.C. That list was based on the violent crime rate for 2005, when Memphis' rate was 1,197 per 100,000 residents.

The Memphis metro area includes Crittenden County in Arkansas, DeSoto, Marshall, Tate and Tunica counties in Mississippi, and Fayette, Shelby and Tipton counties in Tennessee.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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