Are Cities Getting Safer?

Examining crime rates in the top 20 metropolitan cities in the United States

Cities have always been considered dangerous to live in.

Yet since 2000, local governments have put a high priority on reducing crime in metropolitan areas, to various results. Some view this as caused by tough policies imposed on crime and high arrest rates to reducing the number of assaults.

This map examines the top 20 metropolitan cities in the United States of America and compares assault cases in each city, from 2000 - 2012. Assault, is typically defined as the intentional attempt to injure another. The change in assaults per year can help us examine how safe cities are getting.

This data was obtained from City Data and is adjusted to assaults per 100,000 people for 2000 - 2012.

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