Collectively, according to a Chicago Reporter analysis, Chicago’s 11th and 15th police districts on the West Side had a higher murder rate last year than New Orleans, the nation’s deadliest city in 2009. Meanwhile, on the South Side, collectively, the 6th and 7th districts had a higher rate of violent crime than St. Louis, the nation’s leading city for violent crime per capita in 2009.
In 2009, the 6th, 7th, 11th and 15th police districts had the four highest murder rates, among Chicago’s 25 police districts. Those districts were also home to four of the city’s five highest rates of violent crime.
In In 2009, the 11th district–which includes West Garfield Park, most of East Garfield Park and portions of Austin, the Near West Side and North Lawndale–recorded 55 murders. It was the highest one-year total for any district in the city since the 11th district tallied 57 murders in 2003. The collective murder rate for the 11th and 15th police districts–about 54 murders per 100,000 residents–was higher than the 51 per 100,000 recorded for New Orleans, the nation’s leader.
On the South Side, the 6th district–which includes most of Auburn Gresham and Chatham and portions of Greater Grand Crossing and Roseland–logged more than 2,700 incidents of violent crime in 2009. It was the first time in more than a decade that a police district other than the 7th district led the city in violent crime. The 7th district, which sits just north of the 6th district and includes most of Englewood and West Englewood and portions of Greater Grand Crossing, ranked second in 2009. Collectively, the rate of violent crime in those two districts topped 2,750 incidents per 100,000 residents, about 700 more incidents per 100,000 than St. Louis, which led the nation in 2009.
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