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Old 10-31-2013, 08:28 PM
 
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What a post to be starting on Halloween, huh?

So this is something I've been researching for a while. I went on this website http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr...abledatadecpdf and looked at the data.

Here are the top 10 large metropolitan cities (main city and suburbs) with a population of over 1,000,000 with the highest murder crime rates.

1. New Orleans-Metairie, LA ... 20.6 murder rate
2. Memphis, TN-MS-AR ... 11.5 murder rate
3. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI ... 10.9 murder rate
4. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ... 9.5 murder rate
5. Birmingham-Hoover, AL ... 9.4 murder rate
6. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ... 8.6 murder rate
7. Jacksonville, FL ... 8.0 murder rate
8. Oklahoma City, OK ... 8.0 murder rate
9. Kansas City, MO-KS ... 7.7 murder rate
10. St. Louis, MO-IL ... 7.3 murder rate

If you look at the list you'll see most of the cities are in the South and Midwest.

I think the murder rate is probably the best gauge of an area's safety from crime. Because with homicide police really can't under report it or categorize as a different crime like you could do with robbery or assault.

One special mention though would be for the San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, Puerto Rico metro area. It had a murder rate of 32.0. Nearly 3 times the rate of Memphis or Detroit and much worse than even New Orleans. It had 742 murders with only a population of 2.3 million.
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Old 10-31-2013, 10:46 PM
 
Location: M I N N E S O T A
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If you look at the list you'll see most of the cities are in the South and Midwest.

I think the murder rate is probably the best gauge of an area's safety from crime. Because with homicide police really can't under report it or categorize as a different crime like you could do with robbery or assault.

One special mention though would be for the San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, Puerto Rico metro area. It had a murder rate of 32.0. Nearly 3 times the rate of Memphis or Detroit and much worse than even New Orleans. It had 742 murders with only a population of 2.3 million.

Depends if most of these murders are random or targeted.
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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What a post to be starting on Halloween, huh?

So this is something I've been researching for a while. I went on this website FBI — Table 6 and looked at the data.

Here are the top 10 large metropolitan cities (main city and suburbs) with a population of over 1,000,000 with the highest murder crime rates.

1. New Orleans-Metairie, LA ... 20.6 murder rate
2. Memphis, TN-MS-AR ... 11.5 murder rate
3. Detroit-Warren-Dearborn, MI ... 10.9 murder rate
4. Baltimore-Columbia-Towson, MD ... 9.5 murder rate
5. Birmingham-Hoover, AL ... 9.4 murder rate
6. Philadelphia-Camden-Wilmington, PA-NJ-DE-MD ... 8.6 murder rate
7. Jacksonville, FL ... 8.0 murder rate
8. Oklahoma City, OK ... 8.0 murder rate
9. Kansas City, MO-KS ... 7.7 murder rate
10. St. Louis, MO-IL ... 7.3 murder rate

If you look at the list you'll see most of the cities are in the South and Midwest.

I think the murder rate is probably the best gauge of an area's safety from crime. Because with homicide police really can't under report it or categorize as a different crime like you could do with robbery or assault.

One special mention though would be for the San Juan-Carolina-Caguas, Puerto Rico metro area. It had a murder rate of 32.0. Nearly 3 times the rate of Memphis or Detroit and much worse than even New Orleans. It had 742 murders with only a population of 2.3 million.
How in the world does Chicago never show up on any of these list?
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:30 AM
 
Location: Sandy Springs (ATL)
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Yep, its unfortunate that our beautiful city has such violent ghettos. In New Orleans the murder rate and violent crimes are well over 90% targeted and are gang related. This still doesn't bode well for some fearful souls who believe the entire city is dangerous, despite the hundreds of thousands of visitors who come here yearly with no incident.

I digress.

Hopefully the gentrification currently taking place in those rough areas will help.
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:33 AM
 
Location: North Carolina
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This thread is racist.
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Old 11-01-2013, 12:45 AM
 
Location: West Hollywood
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How in the world does Chicago never show up on any of these list?
................ Because it has a lower murder rate than those other cities perhaps?

The violence in Chicago, while serious, is actually focused on largely by the media because it's Obama's hometown.
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Old 11-01-2013, 01:13 AM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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................ Because it has a lower murder rate than those other cities perhaps?

The violence in Chicago, while serious, is actually focused on largely by the media because it's Obama's hometown.
You also have to take into account population/percentage.

If a city has 300,000 residents and 100 people are murdered, it's gonna be a big percentage.

If a city has 6,000,000 residents and 100 people are murdered, it's not going to show up as much in ratings.

Chicago is not necessarily safer than these cities; it does however have a much larger population.
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Old 11-01-2013, 02:13 AM
 
Location: Somewhere below Mason/Dixon
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Wow is NO really almost twice as murderous as Memphis and Detroit??? Ive been to NO its no where near as nasty as Detroit so kinda suprising.
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Old 11-01-2013, 03:29 AM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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This thread is racist.
You are the first person to mention race.
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Old 11-01-2013, 04:30 AM
 
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One has to wonder what is occurring in these cities and who is being killed. In Miami the Miami Herald studied the murder stats for the city and found that over 60% of the murders where black men under the age of 35. The rest were basically domestic violence related and few were things like a random robbery.
I can only imagine the same is true for Chicago. Murder rates don't imply that a city is dangerous.
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