The final crime numbers have come in and these 10 counties had the highest violent crime rates in New York State. Taking a look at the violent crime rates and the violent crimes committed with firearms, the cities and counties listed below topped the list.

New York State and the FBI use seven Index crime categories as indicators of overall crime trends: murder, rape, robbery and aggravated assault, which are classified as violent crimes; and the property crimes of burglary, larceny and motor vehicle theft. The FBI created these categories to allow for uniform crime reporting across all 50 states.

It's not surprising that these counties have the most violent crimes as they are the most populated in the state. Four of the counties that make up the New York City area landed on the list. The State's capital city was in the top 10, along with Buffalo, which is the second biggest city in New York. The one county on the list that did surprise me is Greene County since it has a really low population compared to some of the other counties.

The overall crime rate of a county is calculated by dividing the total number of Index crimes submitted by police agencies in each county by the county’s population and multiplying the result by 100,000. The U.S. Census Bureau is the source of county population data.

Some of the cities on the list might surprise you.  Check out the stats for 2020, which are the most up to date, below.

The 10 Most Dangerous and Violent Cities in New York State [List]

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