Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Most Counties = 0 Murders

The Crime Prevention Research Center reports that for 2014, 54% of U.S. counties had zero murders. Two percent of the counties had 51% of the murders.
In 2014, the most recent year that a county level breakdown is available, 54% of counties (with 11% of the population) have no murders. 69% of counties have no more than one murder, and about 20% of the population. These counties account for only 4% of all murders in the country.

The worst 1% of counties have 19% of the population and 37% of the murders. The worst 5% of counties contain 47% of the population and account for 68% of murders. As shown in figure 2, over half of murders occurred in only 2% of counties.
See what I've been telling you about high population density? Murder is only the most horrific outcome, it's by no means the only negative result.

In excess of three-quarters of U.S. counties had 2 or fewer murders in 2014. The maps that accompany this article are worth a bit of study, although it's safe to say you won't be surprised at what you learn therefrom. The people committing most of the murders regularly vote Democrat. Coincidence?