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Murder Capitals of the USA, 2006. [Jun. 5th, 2007|01:20 am]
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The following graphic was taken from a staff article on NOLA.com.

Here are the USA's murder capitals for the year of 2006.

Humanity in its purest form.

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.


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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-06-05 11:12 am (UTC)
Gary's not that big, and that's why you never hear about it.

These are per capita . . . basically per 100,000 people, those numbers. In Gary, Indiana . . . 58 murders were reported in 2005. That number dropped to 48 in 2006. Indianapolis, by comparison, is 8x the population of Gary . . . they had 108 murders in 2005 and 140 in 2006.

Chicago? The population floats around 2.8 million people . . . in 2005, 448 murders were reported . . . 467 for 2006.

To portray just how bad Detroit really is . . . it's city pop is only 100k larger than Indianapolis at 900,000 . . . while Indy's floating around 100-150 murders per year, Detroit reported 373 in 2005 and 417 in 2006!

Washington D.C., Baltimore, Detroit, Flint, those are the usual suspects for this kind of list, and New Orleans has never been far from it.

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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-06-05 11:15 am (UTC)
The best part of Detroit to visit is the east side, along the river. It's generally a lot more safe to walk around the businesses in that downtown district where the Renaissance Center is than the statistics would tell anyone.

West side of Detroit gets me nervous . . . and Highland Park is generally a nightmare waiting to happen for any random person.
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[User Picture]From: kzookitten
2007-06-07 11:01 am (UTC)

and this is why...

I have only a minimal desire to return to that state. And that desire is grounded solely on Sturgeon Bay and my long time friends Andrea and Vince, oh and that little thing called I still need to finish my freakin bachelors. But seriously, after that I am done with all things Michigan.
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-06-07 11:08 am (UTC)

Re: and this is why...


I'm there with you . . . but I don't have the ability to leave at this point, and it's killing me.
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From: (Anonymous)
2007-07-13 10:34 pm (UTC)

Re: and this is why...

No one really knows how it is to live in Gary.I'm from Gary and its sad that at just 20 years old I've already lost my best friend as well as many others from the ignorance and stupidity and hatred of people from here.Yes most people see statistics but try to imagine if you loved there everyday and you didn't know if you would wake up the next morning.Can anyone imagine that??
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[User Picture]From: sauce1977
2007-07-13 10:39 pm (UTC)

Re: and this is why...

Gary isn't special. No place is.

It's easy to imagine it. Be around death, for those that haven't. Experience of death is universal, and it really matters not how it happened when you're standing in front of a coffin, carrying the corpse of someone you cared deeply while they were alive.
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