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DC Region Has Lowest Violent Crime Rate in the Country

  • November 20, 2014

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

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