Edmonton's Homicide Rate: How much has changed in 30 years? - Blog
Reading that we've had 28 murders so far this year in Edmonton is disheartening, as others have noted. And without a doubt something needs to be done to understand why this happening and what we can do to stop it. But has the picture really changed all that much from previous years? Our homicide rate (the number of homicides per 100,000 people) currently sits at roughly 2.41. That compares to Winnipeg's 2.08 (they have had 16 murders so far this year). If we extrapolate for the rest of the year, we'd finish with a homicide rate of roughly 4.82. That would indeed be our highest ever. However, a rate that high has only been experienced in large cities twice in the last 30 years: Given that history, I would be shocked if we finished 2011 with a homicide rate above 4.8 (which would equate to 56 murders). Here's the average homicide rate for each of those cities: And here's what the rate looks like from year to year (it appears Montréal has experienced the most steady decline – we should