If you guessed Houston, Dallas or even Fort Worth - not so fast, cowpoke.
Bingo. "The Hub City" came it at No. 6, according to the Forbes report, right behind Anchorage, Alaska.
Detroit came in at No. 1, with 345 murders last year (almost one a day), and 1,111 violent crimes per 100,000 residents.
"Lubbock may be the unfortunate beneficiary of its location as a transit hub for drugs coming north from Mexico," the news report speculates.
And like other cities, it has problems with gangs and drugs.
To compile its list, Forbes looked at metropolitan statistical areas with a population of 200,000 or more.
The violent crimes included murder and non-negligent manslaughter; forcible rape; robbery; and aggravated assault.
No. 1 - Detroit
No. 2 - Memphis
No. 3 - Springfield, Ill.
No. 4 - Flint, Mich.
No. 5 - Anchorage, Ak.
No. 6 - Lubbock
No. 7 - Stockton, Calif.
No. 8 - Tallahassee, Fla.
No. 9 - Las Vegas, Nev.
No. 10 - Rockford, Ill.
On the bright side, although you might think that crime is apt to increase during tough economic times, the data show that violent crime in the U.S. has actually fallen for the past four years.
Here's to even more peaceful times.
-- Tom Uhler, online news editor