Selma was ranked at 71 on the list of 100 most dangerous cities in America in 2019, according to the National Council for Home Safety and Security (NCHSS).
Selma in Fresno County is one of only two cities from the Central Valley that made the list. Arvin in Kern County is the other.
The cities were determined per violent crime rate average, per 1,000 people, police adequacy, population >= 10,000, the NCHSS says.
According to NCHSS, the top 10 cities named are:
Many of the communities in the first ranking are relatively small, with most having populations hovering in between 10K and 30K. In smaller cities, it only takes a few violent crimes to lend a significant boost to the crime rate.
However, many of these communities are adjacent to larger metropolitan areas.
On the list of cities with the highest increase in violent crime, Visalia was ranked 61 out of 100.
The crime rate in 2017 minus the crime rate in 2016. If it is positive, that means the crime rate went up; in some cities, the crime rate increased more than other cities; the rank captures which cities have the highest increase in crime rates.
On the list of large cities averaged violent crime rate with increase in violent crime, Visalia ranked 91 and Fresno tied with Palmdale at 101.
For this rank, the population over 100,000. The ranking was based on change in crime rate between 2016 and 2017. Then NCHSS created a ranking based on violent crime rate in 2017 and the two ranks were averaged. The final ranking that combines the worst violent crime worst increase in overall crime rate is shown in the last column. Some cities are tied because of the same average of two ranks.
Law enforcement agencies from cities, metropolitan areas, counties, universities, state, tribal and other agencies across the country submit crime data to the FBI using their Uniform Crime Reporting system. The data is made available for the public to view, download and analyze.