Fears of murder and mayhem keep you up at night? Well, hell (no pun), move to Plano, where -- despite lingering memories of a 1990s heroin crisis -- there were only four people murdered in 2006, for a rate of 1.6 murders per 100,000 residents. This compares to the national average of 5.7 per 100,000, making Plano, with a population pegged at 257,183, the least homicidal big city in America. That's according to Forbes, which compiled its bloodletting list of America’s most murderous cities using data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
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The most homicidal? That would be Detroit, with 47.3 murders per 100,000 residents, followed by Baltimore (43.3), New Orleans (37.6), Newark, New Jersey (37.4) and St. Louis (37.2). In fact, according to Forbes, more people were murdered last year in Detroit than were murdered in San Antonio, San Diego, San Jose, and Dallas (187 murders per 1.248 million residents, for a rate of 15 per 100,000) combined. So let’s all break out the cheese and celebrate our metropolitan sibling to the north. --Mark Stuertz