Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Do You Live In A Murder Capital?

I often get discouraged by reading or watching the news. One might think that I live in a fairly violent place. But when I look around at comparisons across the continent, I realize that it's not too bad in Oil Country.

In 2011 the murder capital of Canada was Winnipeg, followed by Halifax and Edmonton. But even Winnipeg isn't so bad in comparison to some other cities in North America. Let's late a look, shall we? Yes, we shall.

Canada (2011) Rates per 100,000 per year (Major Cities)

Winnipeg 5.08
Halifax 4.41
Edmonton 4.17 (2.72 in 2010, 2.8 in 2012)
Regina 3.15
Saskatoon 2.16
St. John's 2.12
Vancouver 1.77
Toronto 1.49
Montreal 1.38
Ottawa 1.16
Calgary 1.10
Canada 1.73

Now let's compare to the rest of North America

Here's Central America (per 100,000, 2011):

San Pedro Sula, Hon 158.87 (that's not a typo! #1 in the world!)
Juarez, Mex 147.77
Acapulco, Mex 127.92
Tegucigalpa, Hon 99.69
Torreon, Mex 87.75
Chihuahua, Mex 82.96
Durango, Mex 79.88
Guatemala City, Gua 74.58
Mazatlan, Mex 68.94
Tepic, Mex 68.05
Veracruz, Mex 59.94
San Salvador, El Sal 58.63

How about the good old USofA? Per 100,000, 2011

New Orleans 57.6
Detroit 48.2
St. Louis 35.3
Newark 33.8
Baltimore 31.3
Oakland 26.3
Kansas City 23.4
Philadelphia 21.2
Atlanta 20.7
Cincinnati 20.5
Stockton 19.7
Cleveland 18.6
Memphis 17.9
Washington DC 17.5
Miami 16.8
Chicago 15.9
Pittsburgh 14.3

There are 27 metro areas in the USA that have a homicide rate of more than 10.0 per 100,000 per year.

What about some of the other notable cities?

New York 6.3
Los Angeles 7.7
Las Vegas 5.6
Dallas 10.9
Houston 9.2
Denver 5.6
San Francisco 6.1
Anaheim 4.4
Raleigh 4.2
Jacksonville 8.5
Boston 10.1
Buffalo 13.7
Indianapolis 11.5
Milwaukee 13.5
Omaha 10.4
Tampa 8.2
Nashville 8.2

So where would you want to live to avoid murders?

Seattle 3.2
San Diego 2.9
Portland, Ore 3.4

USA avg. 4.7

So there you have it. It may be cold as hell in Winnipeg and Edmonton, but when we think we have a bad year, we're still lucky.

But that's just the way I see it.