Monday, February 15, 2016
Crime in Detroit
The map above shows the number of homicides by different neighborhood locations in 2003-2012, nearly ten years of data. The city of Detroit, Michigan has never had a good reputation for safety. The crime rate in Detroit, a city that has lost half its population since 1960, outdistances that of any other large city in the United States. These data points are most likely in correlation with each other as sociologists have discussed.
Despite crime dropping in the city for three consecutive years, Detroit remains the most dangerous city in America. As is the case with most cities with high crime rates, Detroit’s poverty rate and income levels were among the worst in the country. A typical Detroit household made $25,769 in 2014, second lowest in the country and less than half of what the typical American household made. Similarly, its poverty rate of 39.3% was the second highest in the county, well more than double the national poverty rate of 15.5%.
In general, homicide rates follow the same trend as property crimes. The best available data is on homicides, so that was used a general crime marker. Homicide can be considered the worst element in crime which gives us our data for comparison with liquor stores, gas Stations, and schools where crime is most prevalent.
"Map: Where Will the New Neighborhood Police Officers Program Focus?" DETROITography. October 11, 2013. Accessed February 15, 2016. http://detroitography.com/2013/10/11/map-where-will-the-new-neighborhood-police-officers-program-focus/.