Spokane, Washington (CNN) — With its pristine streets, lush parks and vibrant culture, the Spokane, Wash., neighborhood that became known as the “City of the Scream” is one of the most popular destinations for tourists in the United States.
But there’s a problem: The community’s crime rate is nearly twice that of the surrounding neighborhoods, according to a new report by the city of Spokane.
The report was released on Tuesday and was the first time the city has shared the data publicly since it was released in August.
The report, titled Spokane’s Violent Crime Rate, is based on information gathered from more than 1,000 interviews with residents and businesses, and includes data from local police, the FBI and local government.
The city estimates the crime rate in Spokane is around 2,000 crimes per 100,000 people, but the actual number is likely much higher.
That’s because Spokane does not collect information on crime statistics in the form of reported crimes and violent crimes, which can be difficult to verify.
In the report, the city said the city’s violent crime rate, or VCR, rose from 0.5 per 100 people in 2011 to 3.6 in 2016.
That is higher than the national average of 2.9 crimes per 1,00,000 population.
The rate of reported crime has also jumped significantly in recent years.
According to data released by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2016, violent crime nationwide rose nearly 30% from 2007 to 2016.
But the FBI reports that violent crime is down only 3% from 2008 to 2017.