As bad as Cincinnati’s homicide rate is, high levels of poverty and unemployment in the city cause crime researchers to conclude that it could be worse, reports the city’s Enquirer. That could mean that Cincinnati’s police force is actually more effective than most police forces in dealing with violent crime, according to a new study from Georgia State University.
Cincinnati had 79 homicides in 2005 – enough to place it eighth among the nation’s big cities in its per-capita homicide rate. But the study suggests that Cincinnati’s ranking would be lower – about 19th – if the city’s poverty rate, unemployment rate, divorce rate and other “crime-producing factors” weren’t so high. Here’s another way to look at it: Given Cincinnati’s population, the criminologists would have expected Cincinnati to be even higher.