Crime in America: Interactive Crime Statistics for the Largest U.S. Cities
Law Street Media, the leading law and policy website for Millennials, today announced the release of a ground-breaking interactive visualization of crime rates in American cities.
The new interactive crime dashboard allows users to compare violent crime rates in the safest cities and most dangerous cities in the country. The dashboard also allows users to compare individual cities with the national average, and the average crime rate for all cities with populations above 250,000. A city’s violent crime rate contains four metrics–murder, rape, robbery, and aggravated assault.
According to Kevin Rizzo, Law Street’s crime editor, this dashboard will help contextualize years of data:
Rather than looking at individual years, it is often more helpful to look at trends over time in order to see how crime statistics change. This tool contains data from 1984 to present day. This broad range will allow users to understand long-term trends in violent crime and provide them with a way to quickly fact check other people’s claims about crime.
Every year, Law Street Media compiles lists of the Top 10 Safest Cities Over 200,000, the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Over 200,000, and the Top 10 Most Dangerous Cities Below 200,000, based on data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.
The new interactive dashboard is unique in that it allows users to interact with Law Street’s crime rankings and provides information about every city with available data and a population over 200,000 people. This will be a useful tool for anyone who is interested in crime statistics or anyone who follows the public discussion of crime. Given the rise in attention to fake news and common misconceptions about violent crime, it is now more important than ever to make sure accurate information is easily available to the public.