Big Cities Are Safer Than Ever: US Crime at Lowest Level in 40 Years

Big cities = crime-filled cesspool. That’s the stereotype I grew up with; it was enforced by cop shows, crime dramas, and the incessant urgings of my parents to put my wallet in my front pocket whenever I entered any city larger than the 20,000-person town I grew up in. Not to mention that around the time I was 10, in the early 1990s, crime in US cities had reached pretty scary peaks.

But no more. New studies have found that crime around the nation is way down, especially in cities with populations over 1 million. The Atlantic reports:

Crime — both property crime and violent crime — is down to its lowest level in 40 years, especially in America’s biggest cities, according to newly released data from the FBI’s annual Uniform Crime Report. The data was collected from January through December 2010 and breaks out metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas as well as cities of various sizes. For the fourth year in a row, there has been yet another substantial decline in crime: 5.5 percent fewer murders, forcible rapes, robberies, and aggravated assaults were reported in 2010 than in 2009; property crimes fell by 2.8 percent over the same period and reported arsons dropped by 8.3 percent. “In all regions, the country appears to be safer,” reports the New York Times. “The odds of being murdered or robbed are now less than half of what they were in the early 1990s, when violent crime peaked in the United States.”

This is really good news for one major reason — cities are the key to sustainable living. Dense, urban areas do wonders to decrease the resource consumption and carbon footprint for those who live in them. Grist’s Dave Roberts has a good piece on the importance of cities, so read that for more — but suffice to say that living closer to everything (food, goods, transportation), generally everything we do more efficient. Cities have the added benefit of encouraging walking and other healthier forms of personal transportation. In other words, if we want to lessen our burden on the planet — something that will be all-important in an ever-crowding world — we’re going to have to move into more cities.

But none of that matters if we don’t want to live in them. So that’s why it’s great news both that crime is drastically down in cities, and that young people are flocking to them in larger numbers than ever.

Follow the Utopianist on Twitter and Facebook.

Photo credit: Trodel via Flickr/CC BY-SA

About Brian Merchant

Brian Merchant is a founding editor of the Utopianist.. When he's not helming the Utopianist, he is TreeHugger's politics writer, contributes the Getting Samy Out of Burma column to, and freelances for the likes of Salon and Paste. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

60 thoughts on “Big Cities Are Safer Than Ever: US Crime at Lowest Level in 40 Years

  1. 957985 260892Outstanding blog here! Moreover your web website rather a great deal up quick! What host are you utilizing? Can I get your affiliate hyperlink for your host? I wish my website loaded up as quick as yours lol. 736727

  2. 4445 263740The the next time I just read a weblog, I actually hope that this doesnt disappoint me approximately brussels. Get real, Yes, it was my option to read, but I actually thought youd have some thing intriguing to say. All I hear is typically a couple of whining about something which you could fix when you werent too busy looking for attention. 450285

  3. 647653 646543Your talent is really appreciated!! Thank you. You saved me a lot of frustration. I switched from Joomla to Drupal to the WordPress platform and Ive fully embraced WordPress. Its so much easier and easier to tweak. Anyway, thanks again. Awesome domain! 764970

  4. 904687 186168This sort of considering develop change in an individuals llife, building our Chicago Pounds reduction going on a diet model are a wide actions toward creating the fact goal in mind. shed weight 187188

  5. 892349 71752Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice even though you amend your internet internet site, how can i subscribe for a weblog internet site? The account aided me a appropriate deal. I had been slightly bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear notion 512851

  6. 408362 659019Empathetic for your monstrous inspect, in addition Im just seriously great as an alternative to Zune, and consequently optimism them, together with the extremely great critical reviews some other players have documented, will let you determine whether it does not take correct choice for you. 27396

  7. 589378 191587Thank you for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbor were just preparing to do some research about this. We got a grab a book from our local library but I think I learned more from this post. Im very glad to see such wonderful info being shared freely out there. 69700

  8. 899962 620108OK 1st take a very good appear at your self. What do you like what do you not like so considerably. Function on that which you do not like. But do not listen to other men and women their opinions do not matter only yours does. Function on having the attitude that this really is who you are and if they dont like it they can go to hell. 168164

  9. 40290 137562Soon after study some with the content material within your internet site now, we genuinely such as your technique of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark internet internet site list and will also be checking back soon. Pls look at my web-site likewise and make me aware what you believe. 393730

  10. 232183 871493Superb read, I lately passed this onto a colleague who has been performing a bit research on that. And the man truly bought me lunch because I came across it for him smile So allow me to rephrase that: Appreciate your lunch! 721470

  11. 731636 547000Nice to be visiting your blog once much more, it continues to be months for me. Nicely this post that ive been waited for so lengthy. I want this write-up to total my assignment within the university, and it has exact same topic together together with your post. Thanks, terrific share. 358702

  12. 83279 184213Wonderful beat ! I wish to apprentice even though you amend your internet internet site, how can i subscribe for a weblog internet site? The account aided me a appropriate deal. I had been slightly bit acquainted of this your broadcast provided bright clear notion 237892

  13. 468246 511966Following study a couple of of the content inside your website now, we genuinely such as your technique of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark web website list and will also be checking back soon. Pls take a look at my web-site likewise and make me aware what you believe. 808937

  14. 391237 526581I discovered your weblog internet site internet site on google and appearance some of your early posts. Preserve up the wonderful operate. I just extra increase Feed to my MSN News Reader. Seeking for toward reading far far more by you later on! 230918

  15. 104917 535082Trop excitant de mater des femmes lesbiennes en train de se doigter la chatte pour se faire jouir. En plus sur cette bonne petite vid o porno hard de lesb X les deux jeunes lesbienne sont trop excitantes et super sexy. Des pures beaut de la nature avec des courbes parfaites, les filles c est quand v 968854

  16. 440073 374475I discovered your blog website on google and examine numerous of your early posts. Continue to maintain up the superb operate. I merely extra up your RSS feed to my MSN News Reader. In search of forward to reading much more from you later on! 670421

  17. Some individuals, including pornography producer Larry Flynt and the writer Salman Rushdie ,
    62 have argued that pornography is important to freedom and that a free and
    civilized society ought to be judged by its willingness to just accept pornography.

  18. The best thing about these loans is that you can additionally apply for
    the financial loan over the internet starting from your home Owning an emergency
    price savings or contingency fund goes a long way to
    making sure you don’t cause financial hardship for yourself.

  19. Good day I am so delighted I found your blog page, I really found you by accident, while I was looking on Yahoo for something else, Anyhow I am here now and would just like
    to say cheers for a remarkable post and a all
    round enjoyable blog (I also love the theme/design), I don’t have time to read it all at the moment but I have bookmarked
    it and also added your RSS feeds, so when I have time I
    will be back to read more, Please do keep up
    the excellent work.

  20. Greetings! I’ve been reading your website for a long time now and finally got the courage to go ahead
    and give you a shout out from Houston Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the good job!

  21. Pretty part of content. I just stumbled upon your website and in accession capital to claim that I get actually loved account your weblog posts.

    Any way I will be subscribing in your augment and even I achievement you
    access consistently rapidly.

  22. This is very fascinating, You’re a very skilled blogger.
    I have joined your feed and look forward to in quest of more of your wonderful post.
    Also, I have shared your web site in my social networks

  23. Hi, i read your blog from time to time and i own a similar one and i was just
    curious if you get a lot of spam feedback?
    If so how do you stop it, any plugin or anything you can suggest?
    I get so much lately it’s driving me mad so
    any assistance is very much appreciated.

  24. Somewhat things are far better but I believe it’s still quite stagnant and it is only by way of sheer
    good fortune that I had been find a job that
    fit my family so well” Doing without for several weeks will mean that you’ll have additional later

  25. The need for budgets are more desperate when a particular person faces sudden emergencies just like medical problems or it comes with an immediate need to pay unexpected expenditures without any slow downs Being�out�of�job�is�not�a�curse�today�since�emergency�cash�loans�for�unemployed�are�there�to�support�you

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *