Despite the impact it has on victims, dealing with violent crime costs the Second City about $5.3 billion a year, according to a national study released by the Center of American Progress this week.
That figure includes "intangible costs," like pain and suffering, as well as "direct costs" in dealing with the problem.
The Center said violent crimes cost Americans more than $42 billion per year. Those costs include policing, arresting and prosecuting perpetrators, correctional facilities, out-of-pocket-medical expenses by victims and lost earnings by both victims and perpetrators.
Other cities included in the study are Boston, Dallas, Houston, Jacksonville, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and Seattle.