21 August 2009

Crime in American Cities: Looking at Extremes

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MJ Perry links to a site that allows you to compare crime rates between any two US cities with populations above 75,000.

The image above compares Newton, Massachusetts, with Camden, New Jersey. You may wish to compare your current town with other towns you have considered living in.

Below is a comparison of ethnic demographies between Camden, and Newton. There is no particular reason to believe that the correlation is causative. But anyone who wants more information might look at articles by Steve Sailer or Audacious Epigone.

Ethnic demography of Camden New Jersey: African American, 53% ... Hispanic, 38.8%, ... White, 15% ... Asian 2.5% ...

Ethnic demography of Newton, Massachusetts: 88% White, 8% Asian, 2% African American, ....

Is it possible for one to use ethnic composition of cities as a proxy for crime rates? Perhaps. But if you're smart, you'll go to the source and check the actual crime numbers before you relocate. If you can indeed find a community with a wide assortment of ethnicities, plus very low crime rate and high community cohesiveness, cooperation and trust -- you will have hit the motherlode. Go there. Study everything about the place to find out why it works. If only . . . .

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a spreadsheet on my harddrive that I downloaded from a federal website that gives the crime figures for Highland Park, MI for the last 20 years.

You might remember Highland Park as the birthplace of Henry Ford's Model T, but today it is just an inner-ring suburb of Detroit, that has had even higher crime than Detroit.

According to the spreadsheet, in 1986 the homicide rate for HP peaked at 136 per 100k people, at the height of the Crack Wars.

At the other extreme, North Dakota had a homicide rate of 0.5 per 100k back in 1960 when records were first standardized.

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