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Study names Tukwila 'most dangerous city in America'

FILE - Tukwila Police investigate a shooting on March 3, 2016. (Photo: KOMO News)

TUKWILA, Wash. -- A study released Friday citing research of FBI crime report statistics now says Tukwila is no longer the second-most dangerous city in America.

It now tops the list, passing Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The report by SafeWise said they analyzed FBI crime report statistics from 2014 for all cities with a population of more than 10,000, and then tallied the number of violent crimes, which they defined as murder, robbery, aggravated assault, and forcible rape, and property crimes, such as burglary, arson, motor vehicle theft, and larceny-theft.

They took the data and compiled a list of the chance of each crime happening out of 1,000 people. Tukwila scored relatively low compared to the other top cities on the list in violent crimes at 8.18 per 1,000 -- which is actually a drop from 8.29 last year, but topped the list at property crimes at 165.75 per 1,000 (also a drop from last year's 167.42). Spokane also made this dubious list at No. 22, climbing four spots from No. 26 in 2015.

The report gave a caveat that any city's law enforcement agency that didn't report complete crime data to the FBI was disqualified from their list, just in case you were wondering why some other cities with high-profile crime problems, such as Detroit, Oakland and Memphis, might not be on the list, as they are on other lists declaring high-crime cities. The FBI also has a warning posted on their site cautioning against using raw crime data to rank cities.

A Tukwila city spokesperson agreed.

"This is based on comparing crime statistics to solely the number of people who are actual residents to the City - in our case, that is 19,000. However, we have anywhere between 150,000 and 200,000 people in Tukwila every day due to the presence of Westfield Southcenter, the largest mall in the Pacific Northwest, as well as the other retail and employment areas in the City," said Rachel Bianchi. "Making per capita comparisons such as this just doesn't make sense when you look at the unique nature of our city. For instance, if you look at the amount of sales receipts in Tukwila (in excess of $2 billion in 2015) on a per capita basis you'd think Tukwila residents do an amazing amount of shopping - to the tune of over $105,000 per person!"

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