|Murder Capitals of the USA, 2006.
||[Jun. 5th, 2007|01:20 am]
The following graphic was taken from a staff article on NOLA.com.
Here are the USA's murder capitals for the year of 2006.
Here are brief snippets from McCarthy's article on New Orleans in relation to murder.
Confirming the long-suspected but grim ranking, the city's 162 homicides gave it a per capita rate in 2006 of anywhere from 63.5 to 72.6 per 100,000 residents, depending on varying population estimates. Even with considerable population gains, the city is on track this year to easily rank among the nation's most murderous cities for 2007.
Anthony Radosti, vice president of the Metropolitan Crime Commission, a watchdog group that frequently critiques the New Orleans Police Department, said the city's murder rate continues to tarnish the city' reputation.
"We have to look at what this does to the city, what it does to the economy and what will happen if we don't get it under control," Radosti said. "These homicides are striking fear into certain communities."
New Orleans' ever-shifting post-Katrina population makes a per capita analysis of violent crime difficult. The murder rate is the most popular measuring stick for analyzing crime because, unlike property crimes or assaults, murders are less likely to be downgraded by police departments and are almost always reported to authorities.
A study recently released by GCR & Associates Inc. placed the city's population at 255,137 for March 2007. The first post-Katrina census survey, released in March, said 223,000 people lived in the city in July 2006. For January 2006, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated that 158,353 were living in New Orleans.
Because of the fluctuations, the city's true murder rate remains up for debate. For example, if the average population for 2006 was 223,000, the murder rate would be 72.6. If the average population was 200,000, the rate would 81 per 100,000 people.
Using a sliding-scale approach to population and statistics from several studies, one
Tulane University professor and demographer recently esti´mated the 2006 rate at 96 per 100,000 people.
In national trends, the FBI's statistics also show the largest increase in murders occurred in cities with populations of 1 million or more, whereas murders decreased 11.9 percent in non-metropolitan counties.
Violent crime increased 1.3 percent nationally and property crime decreased 2.90 percent. Robberies jumped 6 percent, according to the FBI.
The FBI's report lists each city's population, as well as yearly totals of violent crime, murder, forcible rape, robbery, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary, theft, motor vehicle theft and arson.
Although the agency looks at national and regional crime trends, it does not compare and contrast city crime rates.
Essentially, what I can say about murder . . .
In any region, where there is little opportunity, difficulty making wages, especially among the poorest sector . . . when you guage no hope and no easy wages against the rising cost of living and the crippling effect it has . . . then you will find the true nature of humanity.
New Orleans probably has a higher figure due to the mass exodus of residents and lack of proper city services from strapped funds after the Katrina disaster.
Detroit's a continuous disaster beginning with its mayor and ending nowhere in sight.
Flint, Michigan, is Little Detroit, explicitly and implicitly.
Gary, Indiana, can speak for itself. I've seen that place on this list a few times before this.