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Stop Saying Chicago Is the Murder Capitol

According to the FBI figures, Flint, Mich., had the highest murder rate of any sizeable U.S. city in 2012, the most recent year available. There were 62 murders per 100,000 population (which, coincidentally, was just about Flint’s estimated population that year). Trailing Flint were Detroit (54.6 murders per 100,000), New Orleans (53.2 per 100,000) and Jackson, Miss., (35.8 per 100,000).

Chicago, whose population is several times bigger than any of those cities, came in 21st, with 18.5 murders per 100,000 — nearly quadruple the national average,

true, but still nowhere near the highest in the country. (It’s worth noting that New Orleans didn’t report data in 2005, the year Hurricane Katrina struck.

In short: While Chicago sadly leads the country in the total number of murders, when you put those deaths in the context of the city’s total population, its murder rate falls behind those of smaller cities – namely, Flint and Detroit, Michigan.

Stop Saying Chicago Is the Murder Capitol