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Most Big Cities Saw More Murders In 2012

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Chicago may get all the publicity for being Murder City, U.S.A., but we were far from the only big city that saw an increase in homicides last year. In fact, most big cities in the top 10 metropolitan areas had more murders.

Among the exceptions were our biggest rivals for national influence, New York, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. But Oakland, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Dallas all had more murders. Not the league we want to be in, but we’re not alone. 

Here’s a list:

  Baltimore
2011: 31.4
2012: 35
Percent change: +10
 
New York
2011: 6.3
2012: 5.2
Percent change: -17
 
Los Angeles
2011: 7.7
2012: 7.7
Percent change: 0
 
San Francisco
2011: 6.1
2012: 8.4
Percent change: +27
 
Philadelphia
2011: 21.2
2012: 21.6
Percent change: +2
 
Oakland
2011: 21.2
2012: 33.1
Percent change: +36
 
San Jose
2011: 4.1
2012: 4.8
Percent change: +15
 
Chicago
2011: 15.9
2012: 19.4
Percent change: +18
Washington, D.C.
2011: 17.5
2012: 14.3
Percent change: -18
 
Atlanta
2011: 20.7
2012: 19.7
Percent change: -5
 
Dallas
2011: 10.9
2012: 12.7
Percent change: +14 

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