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Old 02-21-2017, 05:30 AM
Location: Virginia Beach
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Virginia Beach (17/3.79) would probably also qualify if one considers it a "big" city. It is co-anchor of a region of over 1.7 million people....

Using an aggregate average of city trends over a multi-year period is more accurate than just single year statistics, because violent crime rates have wild swings year by year in some cities. You can see a trend from as little as three years, but one year doesn't prove or disprove anything. I prefer breaking periods down by the decade but I've also examined three and five year trends. You get nothing from saying "City X was ___ crime and murder rate in 2016" because that statement doesn't show whether that single year crime rate is typical or not...
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Old 02-21-2017, 07:08 AM
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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NYC overall has an impressive crime rate. However, there are certainly plenty of dangerous hoods there. I think I rather deal with the hoods of San Diego than parts of the Bronx or Brooklyn.
95% of both Brooklyn and the Bronx are safe for tourists to visit and explore.
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Old 02-22-2017, 06:54 PM
Location: Texas
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I just checked the numbers and while San Diego is the safest big city in the country, the suburbs overall are only slightly safer then the city proper combined.

San Diego City violent crime rate
City: 399 per 100,000
Suburbs: 284 per 100,000
Metro: 332 per 100,000

Homicide rate:
City: 2.6 per 100,000
Suburbs: 2.5 per 100,000
Metro: 2.5 per 100,000


Interesting thing about San Diego is that the city itself is much wealthier on per-capita incomes then the suburbs overall.

National City, Chula Vista, El Cajon, Oceanside and several suburbs have relatively high poverty rates and low per-capita incomes compared to the city of San Diego.

It still is a very safe metropolitan area and obviously the safest big city in America. 37 homicides in 2015 with 1.4 million people and 84 homicides in the entire county for 3 million people.

This is actually quite common in western cities where the city proper is only marginally safer then the suburbs.

It seems as though many Midwestern and Eastern cities by constrast have very high violent crime rates in the city proper, but extremely low suburban violent crime rate.

Oddly, Cincinnati with one of the highest homicide rates in America has a metropolitan area that has a lower violent crime then San Diego becuase the suburbs are relatively safe.
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