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safeinOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Nov-20-10 06:25 PM
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15. Houston?
Edited on Sat Nov-20-10 06:25 PM by safeinOhio
Being in Texas, it should one of the lowest in the country. I'm not sure what the current rate is but...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Houston#Crime



Houston's murder rate ranked 46th of U.S. cities with a population over 250,000 in 2005 (per capita rate of 16.3 murders per 100,000 population).<157> The city's murder rate was ranked in 2005 to be 3rd among U.S. cities with a population of over 1,000,000. This ranking could be higher as KHOU-TV found the Houston Police Department under-counted 2005 homicides; counting two more would have bumped up the rate to second place.<158> While nonviolent crime in the city dropped by 2 percent in 2005 compared to 2004, homicides rose by 23.5 percent.<159> Since 2005, Houston has experienced a significant rise in crime, which the Houston Police Department partly attributed to an influx of people from New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.<160> After Katrina, Houston's murder rate increased 70 percent in November and December 2005 compared to levels in 2004. The city recorded 336 murders in 2005,<159> compared to 272 in 2004.<161> Houston's homicide rate per 100,000 residents increased from 16.33 in 2005 to 17.24 in 2006.<162> The number of murders in the city increased to 379 in 2006.<159> The Times-Picayune disputed that Katrina evacuees were to blame for the rise in crime, citing statistics that crime was rising in Houston before their arrival.<163> City officials claimed that though the majority of evacuees were law-abiding citizens, and noted that Houston's population swelled by 10 percent "virtually overnight," reducing the ratio of police officers to citizens.<164> A 2010 study published in the Journal of Criminal Justice also disputed the assertion that Katrina Evacuees were the cause of rising crime in Houston around the mid-to-late 2000s, and instead pointed out factors such as growing population, rising unemployment, and decreased police patrol.<165> :sarcasm:
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