US mur­der rate on track for a big drop in 2018

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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.

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