The city of New York, N.Y. According to NYPD data, at least 321 individuals have been killed in New York City so far this year, exceeding the 319 murders registered in the five boroughs in all of 2019. This is the first time since 2002 that more than 300 people have been murdered in New York City.
Since 2008, when the crime rate was near a record low, the number of homicides has increased every year. There have been over 3000 murders in New York City since 1968. The increase in violence is thought to be due to the emergence of gangsta rap as a popular music genre around this time period.
Of the total number of deaths this year, approximately one-third (101) were shooting victims, while nearly half (129) were stabbed to death. The remaining victims died from other causes including beatings, stabbings, and falls. Of the stabbing deaths, about one-third (42) were children under 18 years old. The youngest victim this year was an 8-year-old boy who was shot while walking with his father on Brooklyn's Coney Island Avenue on July 31st.
By race/ethnicity, non-Hispanic whites are the majority population (78 percent), followed by Hispanics (12 percent). Non-Hispanic blacks make up only 6 percent of the murder victim population.
According to the NYPD's CompStat numbers, which were last updated on Dec. 22, 13 persons have been slain in homicides on Staten Island this year, compared to 10 at this time last year. Five murders are still unsolved. At least another five, according to authorities, were the result of domestic violence.
Here is a breakdown of these cases by category:
There have been 88 murders on Staten Island so far this year, a rate of one murder every 2.5 days. Last year at this time there had been 83 murders reported, a rate of one per day.
These figures include the death of Eric Garner during an arrest on July 17, 2014. The incident sparked protests and a civil lawsuit against the city that was settled for $5.9 million earlier this year.
The number of murders on Staten Island has fluctuated in recent years, with more than 100 killings recorded between 2004 and 2013. There have been fewer deaths since then, with an average of about 90 murders per decade over the past 20 years.
Staten Island has seen more than its share of violence over the years. From 1900 to 1969, there were between 200 and 250 murders on the island alone. That's more than any other county in New York at the time.
Things got better after 1969, when the number of murders dropped below 100 for nine straight years.
Is it the city in New York with the greatest murder rate? Pound Ridge Town has 38.1 homicides per 100,000 residents. Is this the city with the most homicides per year? There are 292 in New York. Continue reading to find out how we crunched the data and where your community ranked.
There have been more than 300 murders in New York this year. The majority of them (60%) occurred last year alone. In total, there have been over 7,200 crimes committed in New York City so far in 2016. Of these, about 70% were misdemeanors and 30% were felonies.
The city with the greatest number of murders is Chicago, with over 600. More than half of those killings occur on one small section of the South Side.
Next on the list is Baltimore with more than 400 murders. Most of them too happen on a small section of West Baltimore.
New York has the second highest murder rate in the country. This is because there have been nearly 10 times as many murders in New York than in Chicago.
Most people think of Chicago when they hear about high crime rates, but it's not the worst city in America. That title belongs to Baltimore.
Baltimore has the fourth highest murder rate in the country. This is because there have been nearly as many murders in Baltimore as in Chicago.
The number of homicides was 319, an increase of 24 from 2018. In the previous five years, New York has experienced a fall in both violent and property crime. The City-Data.com crime index prioritizes significant and violent crimes.
There were more than three times as many people arrested for murder in 2019 as there were convicted. Police made more than 10,000 arrests for murder but only about 500 individuals were sentenced to prison.
New York City has the highest rate of gun violence among major cities in the United States. The city's murder rate is higher than that of Miami, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Houston combined. Gun violence is also a problem in other parts of the country, such as Baltimore and Chicago. However, the rate of gun violence in these cities is lower than that of New York.
Murder is the leading cause of death for individuals under 35 years old. Men are more likely to be killed than women. Black men are more likely to be killed than white men or Hispanic men. Indigenous men are also at a high risk of being murdered.
Almost half of all murders occur within 100 yards of where they live. This area is known as "the neighborhood effect" because it shows how important it is for individuals to not be present in places where they could be harmed.