New homicide rankings for 65 cities areas tell two stories for many of the places surveyed, says the Raleigh News & Observer. The rankings by the Improving Crime Data project, which is funded by the U.S. National Institute of Justice, take into account factors that make areas more or less vulnerable to crime. In 2006, Raleigh ranked 50th among 65 cities for homicides per 100,000 people. When the area’s rate was adjusted, Raleigh ranked 47th. According to the formula used to calculate the adjusted total, the actual homicide rate was slightly higher than what would be expected for an area with Raleigh’s socioeconomic factors.
Crime numbers — combined with variables such as the level of social and economic disadvantage, population growth since 2000 and the divorce rate — give residents a better idea of the likelihood that crime will take place, said Robert Friedmann, a professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Georgia State University. Several cities changed rank dramatically when adjusted. Unadjusted, Detroit leads the list. Its adjusted rate drops it to No. 21. Anaheim, Calif., is No. 63 on the unadjusted rankings list. Adjusted, it is No. 37. “Anaheim shouldn’t produce as much crime as it is,” Friedmann said. The data may be seen at this Web site: