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Old 06-20-2008, 01:00 AM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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On average, Southern cities have much higher rates of crime than northern cities. On an absolute level, the crime is less, but that's because Southern cities are smaller, on average.

Look up the per capita murder rates of American cities and you'll find most of the highest are Southern. Off the top of my head, based on recollection, in the top cities for murder rates you'll find:

New Orleans,
Memphis,
Birmingham,
Richmond,
and Washington DC.
Disagree with DC. More northern than southern IMO.

 
Old 06-20-2008, 01:24 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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According to some data I found giving the muder rate of all states in 2006 all 11 of the states that were in the Confederacy are in the top 23 states for murder rates. Missouri and Maryland are in there too making 13 southern or border states in the top 23.

Kentucky, Delaware and West Virginia, all border states, were somewhat more civilized.
 
Old 06-20-2008, 04:15 AM
 
Location: Burkina Faso
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It probably has to do with their being more blacks and Hispanics in the South, the two groups that commit most of the crimes.
 
Old 06-20-2008, 05:39 AM
 
Location: Galewood
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It probably has to do with their being more blacks and Hispanics in the South, the two groups that commit most of the crimes.
Oh, wow look at this guy, Mr. Know-it-all....I was looking at PeterRabbits chart and Naples, Italy had 110 murders, Im sure Blacks and Hispanics are to blame for those too
 
Old 06-20-2008, 06:17 AM
 
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I'd be willing to bet it is the warmer climate that contributes to the instability of people's emotions that leads to a disproportionately higher crime rate in many southern areas. Having lived in Kansas City for about six years I've noted a change in my personality simply due to the high heat and humidity in this part of the country. When I relocate to a colder climate I'll likely return to my former self.
 
Old 06-20-2008, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Kentucky
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According to some data I found giving the muder rate of all states in 2006 all 11 of the states that were in the Confederacy are in the top 23 states for murder rates. Missouri and Maryland are in there too making 13 southern or border states in the top 23.

Kentucky, Delaware and West Virginia, all border states, were somewhat more civilized.
Where are the stats you found?
 
Old 06-20-2008, 09:36 AM
 
Location: San Antonio
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Where are the stats you found?

Murder Rates 1996 - 2006
 
Old 06-20-2008, 09:37 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Here are the murder rates by state from 1996-2006.

Murder Rates 1996 - 2006

As you can see, Southern states predominate.

PS: Looks like Tom and I found the same stats.
 
Old 06-20-2008, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Oak Park, IL
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Few southern cities are really known for crime, the only ones being New Orleans and Miami. New Orleans has a lot of poverty. Miami has a high number of illegals and its proximity to Latin America make it a center for drugs and organized crime. Many places in Texas close to the border (if you count Texas as southern which not everyone does) a lot of the crime also centers around drug dealing and illegal immigration/smuggling.

Northern and Rust Belt cities are MUCH more known for crime. Philadelphia, Detroit, Cleveland are synonomous crime, not to mention the COUNTLESS New Jersey cities famous for crime, poverty and abandonment. Chicago (a Midwestern city rathern a northern one) has a brighter image, but it too has serious gang problems in many neibhorhoods. If you count Baltimore and DC as northern they are also quite crime-filled. Boston also has a reputation for its tough street culture, made famous in movies like The Departed and Gone Baby Gone and Good Will Hunting.

Besides the South is not really known for its cities. The image of the South is predominantly rural and laid-back and small town, regardless of whether that is how most southerners live.
Reputation and image often do not intersect with data and facts.
 
Old 06-20-2008, 09:56 AM
 
Location: moving again
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According to some data I found giving the muder rate of all states in 2006 all 11 of the states that were in the Confederacy are in the top 23 states for murder rates. Missouri and Maryland are in there too making 13 southern or border states in the top 23.

Kentucky, Delaware and West Virginia, all border states, were somewhat more civilized.
Yeah...this is 2008, not 1808. Maryland is no longer southern along with Missouri. Delaware isn't either.
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