Baltimore is the nation's most dangerous city

MSN | 9/17/2016 | Aamer Madhani
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The collective homicide toll for America’s 50 biggest cities dipped slightly in 2017, a USA TODAY analysis of crime data found.

FBI - Crime - Report - Year - Review

The FBI won’t publish its annual comprehensive crime report until later this year, but an early review of police department crime data shows that killings decreased by at least 1% in large jurisdictions compared with 2016.

There were 5,738 homicides in the nation’s 50 biggest cities in 2017 compared with 5,863 homicides in 2016, a roughly 2.3% reduction.

Las - Vegas - Police - Homicides - Oct

Las Vegas Police reported 141 homicides for 2017 in its official tally but did not include the Oct. 1 mass shooting at an outdoor country music concert that left 58 dead. If those deaths were included in the department's tally, the national big city homicide toll fell by 1.1%, the USA TODAY review found.

Even with the sharp rise in homicides in the two years prior to 2017, the national murder toll continued to hover near historic lows.

Decrease - Killings - Percentage - Dips - Nation

The national decrease in killings in 2017 was largely driven by double-digit percentage dips in some of the nation’s biggest cities, including Chicago (14.7%), New York City (13.4%) and Houston (11%). In fact, the New York Police Department reported that its annual murder tally fell below 300 for the first time and the city notched its lowest per capita murder rate in nearly 70 years.

New York, which hit its nadir in the midst of the crack-cocaine epidemic when it tallied more than 2,200 murders in 1990, boasts that the nation’s largest city is now the safest it’s been since the Dodgers played in Brooklyn and a pizza slice set you back 15 cents.

New - York - Others - Progress - Cities

While New York and others boasted of significant progress, other large cities saw a big surge in killings in 2017.

Baltimore is the big city with the highest per capita murder rate...
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