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CQ Press City Crime Rankings 2015

Compare crime in America's cities and metro areas.

Murder, rape, robbery, assault... Which of America's larger cities have the highest crime rate rankings? Are crime rates rising or falling? Are some cities making strides in crime fighting as compared to earlier years and other cities? Once again, CQ Press provides the details in its accessible annual collection of metropolitan crime data published in City Crime Rankings.

Providing clear crime comparisons for cities and metropolitan areas throughout the United States, researchers (and potential future residents) will find numbers, rates, and trends for total crime, violent crime, murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, property crime, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft. Numbers and per capita rates of police in cities are also included. Presenting both data and context, in both alphabetical and rank order for all U.S. metro areas and cities with a population of 75,000 or more, City Crime Rankings 2015 translates complicated and often convoluted statistics into meaningful, useful, and easy-to-understand information. Researchers, legislators, policy analysts, journalists, and community members will be able to access completely up-to-date statistics about specific cities, comparing them against other cities across the country.

City Rankings

Metropolitan Area Rankings

City Crime Rankings is an annual reference book that, along with State Rankings, is published by CQ Press and analyzes and ranks states and cities in various categories. Other statistics at the state, county, city and MSA level on health care, education, state crime, and social and economic conditions are featured on the newest SAGE platform, SAGE Stats. All years of CQ Press City Crime Rankings data—including crimes, crime rates, percent changes, and police officer statistics—are available to subscribers of SAGE Stats. Select tables, including the rankings themselves, are available to the general public on the site.

How the Rankings Work

City Crime Rankings Authors:

  • Scott Morgan and Kathleen O'Leary Morgan co-founded Morgan Quitno Press in 1990. They have edited more than 2,700 annual state and city statistical reference publications as well as an ever-growing online database (State Stats). Scott received both a BS and a law degree from the University of Kansas. He previously worked on the staffs of two US Senators as well as the Senate Judiciary Committee. He represented the Senate on the Federal Election Commission and served as Chief Counsel for Senator Bob Dole’s presidential campaign in 1988. He was Chief Counsel for Governor Mike Hayden in Kansas until 1990. Kathleen received a BS and a Masters in Public Administration from the University of Kansas. She served in a number of media and legislative positions within the U.S. Department of Transportation, where she also served as deputy director of congressional affairs.
  • Rachel Boba Santos is an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. She works with police departments and conducts research on police accountability, the effectiveness of crime reduction efforts by police, and crime analysis.

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