The Miami Police Department says that, altogether, violent and property crimes dropped roughly 30 percent during the period covered by these rankings. The city also had the lowest number of forcible rapes, 65, of all the cities on this list in 2009, according to the FBI. However, in the greater Miami metropolitan area, the violent crime rate is still well above the national average, with 680 per 100,000 people, compared to the national figure of 429.
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