Chicago’s murder rate was nearly three times higher than New York City’s last year, according to The Chicago Reporter’s analysis of preliminary 2009 crime statistics, released late last month by the FBI. The rate of violent crime in Chicago was almost double the rates for both New York City and Los Angeles, according to the Reporter’s analysis.
On May 24, 2010, the FBI released its preliminary annual uniform crime report for 2009. The report includes preliminary crime figures for more than 270 cities with a population of 100,000 or more. The Reporter analyzed the murder and violent crime statistics for those cities. Murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault and aggravated battery are considered violent crimes.
Chicago’s murder rate, slightly more than 16 murders per 100,000 residents, ranked 30th, and its rate of violent crime–about 1,125 incidents per 100,000 residents–ranked 27th. However, among the nation’s 10 largest cities, each with a population of one million or more, only Philadelphia had higher rates of murder and violent crime than Chicago. Furthermore, the FBI’s violent crime total for Chicago did not include any of the city’s 1,443 incidents of criminal sexual assault, which is a broader classification than the FBI’s forcible rape category. Including just 700 of those crimes would bump Chicago to 24th on the list for violent crime rate.
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New Orleans ranked as America’s deadliest city with more than 51 murders per 100,000 residents. With a rate of 2,070 violent crime incidents per 100,000 residents, St. Louis ranked as the nation’s most violent city. St. Louis, Detroit, Baltimore, and Flint, Mich. were the only cities among the nation’s top 10 for both murder rate and violent crime rate. The table below shows the nation’s 10 deadliest cities based on their murders per 100,000 residents in 2009.