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Monday, January 03, 2011

CSW COMMENTARY: Kansas City's Disgrace- Too Many Homicides

While reading regional online newspapers this morning- it struck me just how disproportionate KC-MO's 106 homicides for 2010 really is.

For example- Central States' Oklahoma City- which has a larger population than K.C. (although KC's Metro area population is more than twice as large)- registered 60 homicides in 2010.

The City of Omaha NE which has about 75000 less residents than we do- totalled 35 killings last year.

Only St. Louis MO- which is actually smaller in population- exceeded KC-MO's homicide count with an "unofficial" 2010 total of 142.

Kansas City's killing rate is deplorable- and it seems both our political leaders and the local news media give only begrudging coverage to that fact- and that too is a disgrace.



the observer said...

It's even more stunning if you break it down by population units such as per 100,000 residents, as I did for a blog entry back in August. (Link below.)

Chicago, IL: population 2,833,321. 2009 homicides: 458 Rate: 16.2 homicides per 100,000 people.
New York, NY: population: 8,214, 426 2009 homicides: 471 Rate: 5.7 per 100,000 people.
Kansas City, MO: population: 447,306 2009 homicides: 110 Rate: 24.4 per 100,000 people.

Unreal. It has to be stopped.

the Observer

Groucho K. Marx said...

Thanx for reminding me T.O- bacause I had read and forgotten you had posted that excellent comparison.

Or should I say- that sad comparison...