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Most Big Cities Saw More Murders In 2012

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    NEWSLETTERS

    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