Despite having only one third as many residents as the city of New York, Chicago had more homicides than any city in the nation.
In new crime statistics released Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation reported 500 murders in Chicago in 2012, up sharply from the 431 recorded in 2011. New York reported 419 murders last year, compared with 515 in 2011.
Residents of Chicago and New York were much less likely to be victims of a homicide than residents of Flint, Michigan.
Sixty-three murders occurred in 2012 in Flint, a city of 101,632, meaning one in every 1,613 city residents were homicide victims.
Detroit, which experienced 386 homicides in 2012, was almost as unsafe; that’s enough murders to account for one in every 1,832 residents.
The Chicago homicide report is here.