Chicago Had A Safe(r) Year

Keep that leftover New Year’s Eve champagne ready:

In 2013, at least 412 Chicagoans lost their lives violently — about 100 fewer than a year ago. That’s more than those murdered in New York, and more than Los Angeles. But a Yale University analysis says that despite Chicago’s grim numbers, the city’s crime rate is not exceptional when compared with other large cities. It ranks Chicago 19th, with violent crime levels similar to those of Houston or Minneapolis, and half that of Detroit or St. Louis.

There were two murders on the last day of 2013, but here’s hoping for 100 fewer in 2013 too.

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