Saturday, September 17, 2016

Crime Revisited

Rochesterians, both historically and currently, have embraced change.  This endearing characteristic is representative of our small town's worldliness.  Yet listening to certain Rochesterians discuss urban crime often raises the question of whether these discussants have ever stepped foot outside the Rochester metro area.

The city of Rochester, while by no means the safest spot on the planet, has some serious competitors when it comes to violent crime.  In 2014, the violent crime rate in Rochester was 839 per 100,000.  Here are a few equally-branded locales that in the same year put Rochester's violent crime rate to shame:

  • Cleveland: 1,334.3 (per 100,000)
  • Baltimore: 1,338.5
  • Milwaukee: 1,476.4
  • St. Louis: 1,678.7
  • Oakland: 1,685.4
  • Memphis: 1,740.5
  • Detroit: 1,988.6 

But how about better-branded locales? Here are a few that also had Rochester beat:

  • Las Vegas: 841.1 
  • Anchorage (in Alaska!): 864.6
  • St. Petersburg (in the Florida that Rochesterians worship): 864.9
  • Chicago: 884.3
  • Orlando (yes, in beloved Florida): 901.1
  • New Orleans: 973.9
  • Houston: 991.4
  • Minneapolis: 1,012
  • Philadelphia: 1,021.4
  • Miami (that's in Florida by the way): 1,060
  • Nashville: 1,122.5
  • Washington D.C. (that's the nation's capital): 1,185.3
  • Atlanta: 1,227.4




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