NYC is passing on it's previous title as murder capital of the U.S. over to Chicago. The Washington Post reported on Sept 18. that in 2012, Chicago reported more homicides than any other city in the U.S. That's right, the numbers aren't based on population. Despite the larger number of people living in New York, Chicago can still claim more murders.
The stats were released Monday and the FBI reported that in 2012 there were 500 murders in the Windy City, which is up from the 431 from the previous year. The number of homicides in New York actually went down from 515 in 2011 to 419 in 2012.
However, NBC Chicago notes that Detroit, New Orleans and St. Louis were actually more dangerous cities when the crimes were viewed from a per capita standpoint.
Overall, crime in the nation rose 0.7 percent. By region, crime rose 3.2 percent in the West, 1.5 percent in the Midwest and fell 1.2 percent in the Northeast and 0.3 percent in the South. Murders and assaults rose, but robberies and property crimes fell.
In 69.3 percent of murders, a gun was involved. Joining Chicago and New York at the top of the list, the other cities that had murders into the hundreds were Detroit, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Baltimore, Houston, New Orleans, Dallas, Memphis, Oakland, Phoenix, St. Louis, Kansa City and Indianapolis