Enlightening Commentary

We’re #1!

Posted on September 19, 2013

foam_fingerThe FBI released its final 2012 crime report yesterday and Chicago now can claim to be Murder Capital of the US. In your face New York!

“The city of Chicago registered more homicides than any city in the nation in 2012, surpassing even New York — despite the fact that the Second City has only one third as many residents as the Big Apple.

In new crime statistics released Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, up sharply from the 431 recorded in 2011. New York reported 419 murders last year, compared with 515 in 2011.”

CityHomicides
Chicago500
New York419
Detroit386
Philadelphia331
Los Angeles299
Baltimore219
Houston217
New Orleans193
Dallas154
Memphis133
Oakland126
Phoenix124
St. Louis113
Kansas City105
Indianapolis101

But when looking at murder rate, smaller cities like Flint or Detroit (obviously) are much more violent.

“But residents of Chicago and New York were much less likely to be victims of a homicide than residents of Flint, Mich. Sixty-three murders occurred in 2012 in Flint, a city of 101,632, meaning one in every 1,613 city residents were homicide victims. Detroit, which experienced 386 homicides in 2012, was almost as unsafe; that’s enough murders to account for one in every 1,832 residents.”

We wonder if the FBI has a Stanley Cup-like trophy that gets passed around from city to city each year. If so, we propose calling it the Coroner Cup. Can’t wait for that parade.

-WHT

Posted on Sept 19, 2013 at 7:45AM

Keep it short and to the point. Name calling and similar stupidity will be deleted. If you insist on writing several paragraphs, start your own blog.

  1. chrisWestSide September 19, 2013 at 12:54 pm

    I could of swore Chicago had 506 homicides, and 2011 had 435(which the CPD updated to 436).

    Also, seeing how there is a big gap(cant really think of the word I’m looking for at the moment) in homicides throughout the city: northside compared to every where else, its interesting breaking down & comparing city neighborhoods to whole cities. Like Compton, CA is a utopia compared to Englewood, Chicago in total murders and actual murder rate despite compton having atleast 60,000 more people than Englewood(and according to this site, Englewoods murders are actually up this year right?).

    The West and Southsides will also be in the top 10 most dangerous cities list if they were their own cities, putting up more murders than most of the actual dangerous cities, murder rate wise. Chicago is, was,and always will be a different type of breed than other cities.

    Welp, lets hope I make it back from my break without getting shot *no sarcasm*

    • W.H.Thompson September 19, 2013 at 1:03 pm

      The totals number is different depending on who is doing the counting. For example, we count police-related homicides and felony murders. We know for a fact that the CPD does not count their own towards the grand totals. Apparently it’s not a homicide-homicide, just an unfortunate case of high speed lead poisoning.

  2. George September 20, 2013 at 9:26 am

    How is Rahm working out for you ? I mean with a cloak and hood he might be mistaken for the Grim Reaper . And so far it has been a good year for his catch.

  3. John Cunningham September 21, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Curious how most of the murderers look like “Obama’s sons,” no? how about disarming males of color, and not law-abiding citizens?

  4. Steve October 30, 2013 at 10:51 am

    Any breakdown on how many homicide victims have criminal records? How many homicides can be attributed to criminals killing other criminals?

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