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Majority of murders committed across the U.S. concentrated in five percent of counties

April 28, 2017  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
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The majority of murders in the United States occur in only a small percentage of counties across the country.

According to a report published by the Crime Prevention Research Center (CPRC), there is a “geographical concentration” of murders, with 68% of them transpiring in 5% of the nation’s counties.

The homicides also tend to be localized to relatively small areas of those counties.

“It is stunning how concentrated murders are in the U.S.,” John Lott, the president of the CPRC said in an interview with Fox News. “We show that within counties, with all these high rates, murders are very concentrated.”

In 2014, the homicide rate in the U.S. was 4.4 per 100,000 people, the report indicated. If the deadliest 5% of the counties were excluded, the murder rate would be 2.56 per 100,000 individuals.

Over half of the killings in 2016 occurred in only 2% of counties in the U.S.

For instance, Los Angeles County saw 526 homicides in 2014, which was the most of any county in the country.

However, parts of the County, such as Beverly Hills, Hawthorne and Van Nuys, had no murders that year.

Los Angeles murder map

Indianapolis Murder Map

D.C. murder map

Dallas murder map

One fascinating finding is that areas with the highest rates of gun ownership have low murder rates.

“While many factors explain these murders, it is also striking that the counties with zero murders are the counties with the highest gun ownership rates,” Lott added.

The authors of the report authors also analyzed numbers from a 2013 REW Research Center survey, which discovered that the household gun ownership rate in rural areas was more than two times greater than in urban cities.

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