Austin, Round Rock move up on most dangerous Texas cities list in 2017

AUSTIN - Editors Note: This story has been updated to include the total amount of cities with a population over 100,000. It also clarifies Austin and Round Rock's placement on the list compared to 2016.

While Austin might be the number one city everyone wants to live right now and the second best metro area for young professionals in 2017, it's also experiencing more crime compared to previous years.

According to a study from the Darrow Law Firm in Houston, with a population of 938,728, Austin ranks as the 17th most dangerous city in Texas with a population over 100,000. The firm reports they aggregated data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's crime reporting program. They found that for every pocket of 100,000 people, there are 0.95 homicides/murders, 36.11 rapes, 47.4 robberies and 104.07 aggravated assaults. 

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Round Rock also made the list as the 30th most dangerous city with a population of 115, 955 people. For every 100,000 people, there are 0.86 murder/homicides, 12.93 rapes, 15.52 robberies and 31.9 aggravated assaults.

When it comes to Texas cities with the most murder/homicides per 100,000 people, Austin ranks 23rd and Round Rock ranks 25th.

Read the full list here.

In Texas, there are only 38 cities with a population over 100,000, according to U.S. Census Data, which makes Austin and Round Rock's crime rate lower than other cities.

However, compared to 2016's list of most dangerous Texas cities, both cities moved up four places on the ranking list.

In 2016, Austin ranked as the 21st most dangerous city with a population over 100,000 and Round Rock ranked 34th, according to the Darrow Law Firm.

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