If someone asked you what Park Slope and Slovakia have in common, would you guess that the answer is homicide rate?
In the New York World Homicide Map, the 2012 homicide rates of each precinct are compared with rates in countries around the world, as compiled by the United Nations. At a rate of 1.64 homicides per 100,000 people, our 78th precinct is matched with Slovakia based on the fact that in 2007, it suffered 1.6 homicides per 100,000 people.
The districts are divided on a color-coded map of New York, which allows you to compare the concentration of homicides throughout the city. Interestingly enough, both Red Hook and the Lower East Side show a homicide rate of zero, which is linked to Iceland.
The highest rates are found in East Harlem (21) and Bed-Stuy (25.5), which are linked to Brazil and Ethiopia, respectively. According to the New York World, this is “more than five times as high as New York City’s average.”
And regarding that average: with just 419 killings across the boroughs, the city’s murder rate has dropped to 3.8 per 100,000 residents, lower than it has been in 50 years. It’s no Iceland, but it’s good news.
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