DC Region Has Lowest Violent Crime Rate in the Country

by UrbanTurf Staff

The DC region has come a long way since it was known as the murder capital of the world back in the 1980s.

A new report out from The George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis (CRA) reveals that the level of violent crime for the greater DC region in 2012 was the lowest for any major metropolitan area in the country. The number of violent crimes per 100,000 residents was 332.7 incidents.

DC Region Has Lowest Violent Crime Rate in the Country: Figure 1

“This rate is nearly 50 percent below the violent crime rate in the Baltimore region, which has the highest rate,” the report stated. “Metro Washington also has the fourth lowest property crime rate among the sample group, ranking 42 percent behind Miami.”

The George Mason study, entitled Improving the Washington Region’s Global Competitiveness, evaluates the area’s status relative to ten traits for global competitiveness outlined in a 2013 Brookings Institute study. For the full 90-page report, click here.

This article originally published at http://dc.urbanturf.com/articles/blog/dc_region_has_lowest_violent_crime_rate_in_the_country/9246


  1. Zestious said at 7:47 pm on Thursday November 20, 2014:
    I guarantee you the NYC Metro is lower, I'm not sure why it says NA for NYC Metro
  1. SpartaCrumbles said at 2:02 pm on Friday November 21, 2014:
    Nonsense. I'm too lazy to check how far out into MD VA and WV they go to get these figures but pretty much every single FBI and other crime database shows DC is very high in crime. All you have to do is Google the subject and study after study show that. And that's even often generously including close-in suburbs that of course make the "DC region" appear a lot safer than DC itself is. Including WV in your stats to make them look better is absurd.

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