US murder rate on track for a big drop in 2018
The murder rate in the United States in 2018 is on track for the largest one-year drop in five years.
The FBI will not formally report 2018’s murder figures until September 2019. But based on a comparison of 2017 data and 2018 data for 66 large American cities ( population over 250,000), it’s possible to observe a trend.
Murder rose 23 percent nationally between 2014 and 2016 before leveling off in 2017.
In the cities in which data is available, murder has been down about 7 percent on average this year relative to the same point in 2017.