According to year-end data from the Philadelphia Police Department, 247 people were murdered in 2013, representing an unprecedented decrease of 85 victims — or more than 25 percent fewer deaths — when compared with 2012.
New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago have also seen vast year-to-year reductions:
At the same time, Philadelphia continues to suffer a higher rate of homicide per capita when compared with the same cities. Philadelphia’s rate of 15.96 homicides per 100,000 residents in 2013 remains slightly higher than Chicago’s rate and four times higher than New York City.
However, Philadelphia showed greater year-to-year progress in homicide reduction, by some measures. The city’s rate of homicide per capita was reduced by almost 5.5 percent in 2013, greater than reductions found in Chicago and New York, and more than four times the progress made in Los Angeles. This represents a 25.6 percent decrease in homicide per capita, which also stands above the larger cities.
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