Data Reveals Big Cities Safer Than Ever Before

Even amid a stalled economy, new data from the FBI reports that big cities, those with a population of at least one million, are seeing huge declines in crime.
May 24, 2011, 10am PDT | Jason Van Patten
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According to an annual crime report released by the FBI, there has been a substantial decline in both property and violent crimes across the nation. Most noteworthy is data revealing that America's biggest cities are seeing greater declines in burglaries, car thefts, murder, robbery, and assault. Big cities, stereotypically perceived as crime-ridden and violent are safer then ever before. The FBI's findings are surprising criminologists because they contradict the notion that crime rises with unemployment. A population shift back to the city has helped to change the urban crime landscape,

"one factor frequently cited by criminologists is demographics. Crimes are more likely to be committed by young people, so the crime rate drops when the cohort of young people shrinks, as it has in the past few years. Better policing surely helps too, as has urban revitalization, which is bringing relatively prosperous singles, couples, families, and empty nesters into neighborhoods that had been in decline in years past, improving neighborhood quality and safety."

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Published on Tuesday, May 24, 2011 in The Atlantic
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