Homicides in Boston

Boston homicides match 10-year high – Boston.com

Who knew that we lived in such a violent city.

“Boston, with a population of around 570,000, still has a relatively low rate of violent crime compared to other large U.S. cities. But a trend that saw the number of homicides drop from 152 in 1990 to just 31 in 1999 appears to have reversed. Sixty or more killings have now been recorded in four of the past five years.

Investigators have arrested or identified suspects in 20 of the 66 cases — a rate of just 30 percent, a 10-year low.”

The population count always bothers me, occasionally you hear that Boston has 1 million + inhabitants, and other times this

3 Comments so far

  1. adamg (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 4:06 pm

    Murders are up, yes (as are those truly horrifying things such as gunfights outside schools and libraries), but you’re still a lot safer here than in other cities of comparable size (like Baltimore).

    Boston’s official population is around 600,000. I wonder if the 1-million number is that plus the number of people who work here? Because the metro area’s up around 3.5 million.

  2. Cully (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 4:26 pm

    Depends on where you’re living, but supposedly, overall, murders are down around the U.S.
    Not sure about Boston, but be safe.

    Cully Perlman


  3. The Modern American (unregistered) on November 30th, 2005 @ 4:33 pm

    Yes, Boston is a safe city when compared to a lot of other places, like Baltimore or Washington, DC. When you couple that with the idea that what crime in Boston happens is located mostly in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Mattapan, it’s no wonder you feel safe.

    That’s, presuming, of course you are fortunate enough to live in another neighborhood and don’t often go to those three places.

    I have my own rant about this on my site as well.

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