CRIME: The Rate

CRIME The Rate

Suddenly whisked into a TV quiz show and asked to name the most crime-ridden big city in the U.S., almost any movie-going U.S. citizen might say Chicago—except that cautious heads, thinking this answer too obvious, might take a chance on New York City.

Either answer would be wildly wrong, according to the FBI's latest Uniform Crime Reports. In the FBI list of felony rates in U.S. cities, Chicago ranks as the second most law-abiding of all, next to Buffalo, and the rate in New York City is lower than in Boston. Larger cities in the list, with rates per 1,000...

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