Nashville has been a high crime area, compared to the rest of the US, for over a quarter of a century. In 2015 (last year available of actual REPORTED crime), Nashville was thirty-one percent higher than the rest of the state of Tennessee. However, it was EIGHTY-ONE percent higher than the U.S. average.
On a per capita basis ... it's right up there with deeetroyt. On violent crime, Nashville is almost the same as deeetroyt. However, on property crime, Nashville knocks deeetroyt's dick in the dirt.