Christine MacDonald The Detroit News Published 9:54 AM EDT Sep 24, 2018 Detroit dropped to the nation’s second most violent big city last year, behind St. Louis, according to FBI crime data released Monday morning. Murders in the city are down to 267 in 2017 from 303 the previous year, according to the FBI’s 2017 Uniform Crime Report. But the overall number of violent crimes increased slightly. In 2017, 13,796 violent crimes were reported — murder, rape, assault and robbery — in the city compared with 13,705 in 2016, the FBI reported. Detroit’s rate of 2,057 violent crimes per 100,000 people placed it second highest among cities with more than 100,000 residents, below St. Louis and above Baltimore, Memphis and Kansas City. The nation’s highest murder rate in 2017 was in St. Louis, with 205 murders, a rate of 66 per 100,000 people, followed by Baltimore, with 342 murders and a rate of 56 per 100,000. Detroit was No. 3, recording 40 murders per 100,000 residents. Nationally, the number of violent crimes decreased .2 percent in 2017.